Types of Schools

Just as teachers may teach a broad spectrum of subject matter from math, science, English, to foreign languages, technology and the arts, they also teach across a wide age range and in many different classroom settings around the country.

The specific type of school in which a teacher teaches can have a huge impact on many aspects of their teaching career. From public schools — including magnet schools, charter schools, urban schools, rural schools and high needs schools — to private schools including military schools and boarding schools, every classroom setting is different and each has it’s own unique benefits and challenges. Deciding where you are best able to make a difference can be difficult.

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Maybe you want to teach somewhere with a low student-to-teacher ratio so that you can spend more time focusing on individualized attention with your students. Or maybe you want to teach in a classroom where students have traditionally had trouble — somewhere you can have a real impact on the students. Or maybe you want to teach somewhere that focuses on a specific discipline or subject like science or the arts. Maybe you want to have more control over you curriculum. Like everything in K-12 education, it’s hard to say exactly where these types of classrooms are located, but by looking at the different types of schools out there we are able to make a few reasonable assumptions.

Learn more about each type of school to help you decide where you can fit in best:

Public Schools

Charter Schools

Magnet Schools

Private Schools

High Needs Schools

Urban Schools

Rural Schools

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