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Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina is a non-profit organization that advocates for quality educational options through parental school choice. Our mission is to ENGAGE at the grassroots level, EDUCATE North Carolinians about the options in our state, and EMPOWER families to have a voice in their children’s education.

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Opportunity Scholarships 2024

The priority application period for the 2024-2025 ESA+ and Opportunity Scholarship programs has closed. Families who applied for scholarships will be notified of their award status beginning in April. To be notified if the application reopens, join the State Education Assistance Authority’s email notification list.

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NC Schools Around Me

PEFNC’s one-of-a-kind web application, NC Schools Around Me, puts parental school choice options right at parents’ fingertips! NC Schools around me enables parents to explore their schooling options.

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Parental School Choice in North Carolina

Private School Choice

North Carolina has two programs designed to provide access to private school choice for families in our state, including one specifically serving students with special needs.

Traditional Public School Choice

1.3M students are educated in over 2,500 traditional public schools in our state.

Public Charter School Choice

Nationwide over 7,100 charter schools serve more than 3.1 million students. In North Carolina, 209 public charter schools are operating across the state, enrolling over 140,000 students.

Special Needs Student Resources

Through the ESA+ program for students with special needs, North Carolina is helping families across our state find the exceptional education for their exceptional child. Click here for more information.

Home School

In North Carolina, over 150,000 students are taught at home in over 94,000 registered home schools, according to the latest state numbers.

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As North Carolina’s source for parental school choice, we believe in allowing parents to send their children to their school of choice – traditional or nontraditional. PEFNC recognizes that education is not “one size fits all,” and that children have unique needs. Families should have the freedom to choose the best education to meet those needs, regardless of race, zip code or income.

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