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We're here to help you explore your options and find the right school for your child. To get started with the school research process, check out the information below. Here you can learn more about how to choose a school, the state rating, how enrollment works, and which scholarship programs are available.

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North Carolina public school report cards

The North Carolina School Report Cards are one of the state's most comprehensive resources for information about student achievement, class size, school safety, school technology, and teacher quality at the school, district, and state levels for all traditional public schools and public charter schools. The 2012-13 school year was the first year that results were reported using North Carolina's new READY accountability model. This model highlights academic growth rates and the percentage of students who scored proficient on state assessments. To look up a school's report card, visit the NC School Report Cards website.


Enrolling in a North Carolina public school

In North Carolina, enrollment procedures for public schools can vary from district to district. Contacting a school or district directly is the best way to get details.


State scholarship programs

In addition to embracing a strong traditional school system, North Carolina has adopted programs that offer families more educational options. One program provides a scholarship grant to families who have children with disabilities while the other gives scholarships to low-income families.

The Special Education Scholarship Grants for Children with Disabilities allow families to be reimbursed up to $6,000 a year for approved educational expenses for their special needs child. These expenses include private school tuition, tutoring, and other therapeutic services. To qualify, the student must have been enrolled in a North Carolina public school during the previous semester, require an IEP (Individualized Education Plan), and be receiving special education or related services on a daily basis.

The North Carolina Opportunity Scholarship Program, enacted in 2013, provides up to a $4,200 scholarship for low-income families to send their child to a private school of their choice. To qualify, students must be enrolled in a North Carolina public school during the spring 2014 semester and meet federal Free and Reduced lunch guidelines.

For additional information about these program, visit the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority website.
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