The State Law has been changed on February 1, 2012 regarding the time frame for the State's Open Enrollment Program. The start date remains the first Monday in February however, the new end date has been extended to the last weekday in April of each year. The new dates are reflected below.
What is Open Enrollment?
Wisconsin's inter-district public school open enrollment program allows parents to apply for their children to attend school districts other than the one in which they live. Open enrollment dates for the 2013-2014 school year are February 4, 2013 to April 30, 2013 by 4:00 p.m. There is no benefit to returning the form the first day, as there is no "first come, first served". Application blanks may be obtained online at the Wisconsin DPI web site listed below or you may fill one out at our district office during the enrollment time. Application blanks may not be picked up ahead of the application dates.
Who may participate?
Wisconsin residents in 4-year-old kindergarten to grade 12 may apply to participate in open enrollment. Pre-kindergarten applicants are eligible only if the resident district offers the program.
How and when may parents apply?
Parents must submit application forms to the nonresident school district. Early and late applications will not be accepted for any reason. A student may apply to no more than three (3) non-resident school districts. The open enrollment dates for the 2013-2014 school year are February 4, 2013 to April 30, 2013 by 4:00 p.m. There is no benefit to returning the form the first day, as there is no "first-come, first-served" rule for this program. Application blanks may be obtained online at the Wisconsin DPI web site listed below or you may fill one out at our district office during the enrollment time. Application blanks may not be picked up ahead of the application dates. No further information is required to submit an application.
The number of seats available for the 2013-14 school year will be determined by the administration and approved by the School Board at the December School Board meeting.
If you apply to our district or any district, it is advised that you have an alternate plan in effect for educating your children. We may not notify you until August if your child will be accepted from the waiting list.
Can an application be rejected?
Under the following certain circumstances, nonresident school districts may deny an application:
Space is not available for the student in the nonresident school district.
If the student has been expelled during the current school year or during the two preceding school years for certain violent conduct.
If the special education program that the student needs is not available in the school district; if there is no space in the special education program; or if the student has been referred for an evaluation but has not yet been evaluated.
What if more students apply to attend than there are spaces?
If more students apply to attend the nonresident school district than there are spaces, the nonresident school district must give preference to students who are already attending that district and to siblings of students who are already attending that district. After granting this preference, students assigned to any remaining spaces must be selected randomly.
Is there a cost to parents for participating in open enrollment?
There is no tuition cost to parents for their children's participation in open enrollment. Parents of open enrollment students may be charged the same student fees as resident students.
Who is responsible for providing transportation to and from school under open enrollment?
Parents are responsible for transporting their children to and from school. If the student receives special education and the student's individualized education program (IEP) requires transportation, the nonresident school district must provide the transportation.
For more information contact Deb Glowacki, Open Enrollment Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional information can be found on The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's web site: http://dpi.wi.gov/sms/psctoc.html. Application forms will be provided at this website: https://www2.dpi.state.wi.us/openerollapp. as of February 4, 2013.