The 2016-17 open enrollment application season is February 1 - April 29, 2016.
The 2015-16 open enrollment alternative application is now available. Additional information regarding the alternative application procedure can be found on the alternative application webpage.
What is Open Enrollment?
The inter-district public school open enrollment program allows parents to apply for their children to attend public school in a school district other than the one in which they reside.
Who can apply?
Any Wisconsin resident in five-year-old kindergarten to grade 12 may apply to attend a nonresident school district under the open enrollment program. However, a child may transfer to a nonresident school district for early childhood education or four-year-old kindergarten only if the child’s resident school district offers the same type of program and only if the child is eligible for that program in the resident school district.
For more information, visit our parents page.
When can parents apply?
The regular open enrollment application period for the 2016-17 school year begins on February 1, 2016, and ends at 4:00 pm on April 29, 2016. The best way to apply is online (a link to the online application is at the top of this page during the application period).
An alternative application procedure allows pupils to apply for open enrollment at any time during a school year if certain criteria are met. Additional information regarding the alternative application procedure can be found on our parents page.
Can applications be denied?
Both the nonresident and resident school districts may deny an application for reasons specified in state law. If an application is denied by either the resident or nonresident school district, the parent may file an appeal with the DPI within 30 days. The DPI is required to affirm the school district’s decision unless the DPI determines that the decision was arbitrary or unreasonable.
For more information appealing a denial, visit our appeals page.
How do students get to school?
Parents are responsible to provide transportation to and from school in the nonresident school district, except that transportation required in a child’s IEP must be provided by the nonresident school district. A nonresident or resident school district is permitted (but not required) to provide transportation to open enrolled pupils, however the nonresident school district is prohibited from picking up or dropping off a pupil within the boundaries of the pupil’s resident school district unless the resident school district agrees. Low-income parents may apply to the DPI for reimbursement of a portion of their transportation costs.
For more information on transportation, visit our transportation page.
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