Options In Education, Inc., a 501.c.3, was formed by a group of Islanders who are deeply committed to the success of the Martha's Vineyard youth. Since its launch in 1994, OIE has been working with the Martha's Vineyard Public Charter School to provide an alternative education option to local families, one that offers a self-directed approach to learning and caters to each child’s interests and learning style. The school currently serves 180 students in grades K-12. It has gained a reputation for academic excellence thanks to the dedicated parents, educators, students and community leaders who believe in its mission.
The school’s success, in fact its mere existence, hinges on its relationship with OIE. When the state allowed for the creation of charter schools in 1993, the community united to establish one on the Vineyard. OIE purchased the land and built MVPCS in 1995 after securing donations and bank financing. It has leased the property to MVPCS ever since, essentially acting as the school’s landlord.
The purposes of OIE are:
1. To support and promote innovative educational programs on Martha's Vineyard, especially for children.
2. To raise funds for a charter school.
3. To eventually operate a summer program offering educational activities for children, and to create employment opportunities for young people.