Rosa Parks enjoyed attending church with her family, and was active in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She was also homeschooled, and took a variety of vocational and educational courses.
Rosa Parks grew up on her grandparents' farm, which influenced a number of her hobbies and interests. She did not attend school until she was 11 years old. Because of Jim Crow laws, she had to walk to school and could not take the bus. For her secondary education, Parks went to laboratory school; however, she had to drop out in order to care for her ailing grandmother. Overall, Parks' life was focused on her family and religion.