Is Public or Private Online School Best?
K12 Provides Both.

Over two million students attend K12-powered online schools. With both public and private options, your family has the power to choose what’s best for you.

Affordable Education. Outstanding Value.

Available in most states, K12-powered online public schools are tuition-free. Further, K12’s variety of fee-based elite private schools can be subsidized through vouchers or scholarships.


Full-Time, Funded, and Flexible

K12-powered online public schools offer the same tuition-free education as traditional schools — funded through local, state, and federal tax revenue. Students follow a regular school year calendar and spend five to six hours per day with highly engaging curricula taught by state-certified teachers. They also participate in a variety of live classes, independent study periods, and extracurricular activities.

Uniquely, online public schools benefit students and families with:

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Flexible schedules to accommodate appointments and lifestyle needs.

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Personalized pacing to spend more time on challenges and master other topics quickly. 

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Hands-on parental involvement and visibility into what children learn.

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Fewer distractions and social pressures compared to traditional classroom settings.

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Access to a wide variety of national and local clubs, contests, sports, and activities.


Seamless, Specialized, and Supportive

Sometimes states don’t offer funding for free public online schools. That’s where tuition-based online private schools come in. While each K12 private school has its own fee structure and unique offerings, all K12 private schools include state-certified teachers, flexible scheduling, a supportive community, Career and College Prep, and a quality curriculum that meets state and national standards.

In addition, K12-powered private online schools offer:

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A vibrant, international student body and affiliation with global organizations.

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Low teacher-to-student ratios, individual counseling, and early intervention.

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Advanced career prep opportunities at no additional cost for grades 6-12.

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Full-time or flexible dual enrollment options.

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Faith-based electives (available at some schools).


Choose What’s Best for You

When choosing between a public online school or a private online school, parents should consider factors such as: teacher-to-student ratio, support and counseling programs, specialized courses, academic affiliations, and overall cost. 

How does public and private education compare? Take a look.

Public SchoolsPrivate Schools
AvailabilitySelect states and regionsAll states and most regions
TuitionFree, no tuitionFees vary by school,
as low as $450/semester
FundingLocal, state, federalIndividual families and donors
Time commitmentFull-time (5-6 hours)Full or part-time/dual enroll
State-certified teachersYesYes
Teaching methodsK12-trainedK12-trained
Specialized coursesYesYes
Faith-based electivesNoYes
College prep coursesMost schools, grades 6-12All schools, grades 6-12
Local clubs, sports, activitiesYesYes


How to Pay for Public and Private Online Schools

Learn more about how each type of online school gets funded:

Public funding

Virtual public schools offer a remarkable educational experience, supported by a blend of federal, state, and local funding, just like traditional public schools. While some districts might face challenges in providing a top-notch, full-time, statewide online program, there are alternatives to explore, including online private schools.

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Private school vouchers

Online private school is funded by individual families and donors. When it comes to funding your child’s education, don’t worry — at K12, we believe every student deserves an exceptional, accredited education, regardless of their financial circumstances. Vouchers, scholarships, and tuition assistance programs set students on the path to success.

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Ready to get started?

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I’m ready to find a school.

Accredited K12-powered online schools are available all over the U.S. Select your state for a list of local options.

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I’m ready to enroll.

Simply create a Parent Portal account or log in to your existing account to get started.