Celebrating National School Choice Week!

Last week we held our National School Choice Week event at the Halifax Mall, right in the heart of the North Carolina General Assembly. There was plenty to celebrate with the expansion of school choice in North Carolina through the Opportunity Scholarship program and other advancements in parental school choice that happened right there in Raleigh just a few months ago.

There were performances from students of schools (Cornerstone Christian Academy in Statesville, The School of Hope in Fayetteville, and Wake Christian Academy in Raleigh) and speeches from elected officials: Sen. Phil Berger, Superintendent Catherine Truitt, Sen. Michael Lee, and Rep. Donnie Loftis.


We even had a surprise appearance of Stormy, The Ice Hog of the Carolina Hurricanes who joined the party!

Although it is over, you can experience the event with our 30-second highlight reel and through statewide media coverage.


Whether you attended the event, celebrated elsewhere, or showed your support online, thank you! National School Choice Week is a reminder that school choice should be celebrated! 

If you missed it, but want to pretend you were there, check out our archived livestream on Facebook.

Resources for the Opportunity Scholarship Program and ESA+

Applications open for both the Opportunity Scholarship Program and ESA+ in February. Reminder: You can apply any time during the priority application window of February 1 - March 1. There is no advantage to applying on February 1st versus March 1st. Use these resources for information and to receive application assistance.

Opportunity Scholarship (Eligibility is now open to ALL NC K12 students regardless of income or prior public school enrollment.)

  • School Choice North Carolina - Learn more about the Opportunity Scholarship and calculate your estimated scholarship amount.
  • NC Schools Around Me - Learn more about the schools in your area, including those that are direct payment schools and accept scholarship funding.
  • Set Up a MyPortal Account - Applications must be submitted through your MyPortal Account, so go ahead and set it up so that you're ready to go when applications open. 
  • Explore K12 Funding - NCSEAA - For the most up-to-date information from the state agency

ESA+ (for students with special needs)

Zoom Information Sessions

Join us for a Zoom information session to get answers to questions you may have about The Opportunity Scholarship Program. We have three sessions to choose from at your convenience:

  • Saturday, February 3, 10-11am
  • Monday, February 5, 12-1pm
  • Wednesday, February 7, 7-8pm
RSVP For a Zoom Session

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