Open Enrollment
Applying for OE
  Nonresident District
  Resident District
  Virtual Charter Sch
 
Special Situations
  If You're Moving...
  K-8 and UHS
  Pre-K and 4K
 
Approval/Denial
  When Sent
  Reasons for Denial
  To Appeal a Denial
 
Miscellaneous
  Transportation
  Contact Us
 

Open Enrollment Application Process

General Information


Resident School District

This is the school district in which you will reside in the 2019-2020 school year. You must provide a resident school district and the resident school district must be the same on all applications you submit. You must be living in this district at the beginning of the school term and through September 20, 2019.

If you do not know the school district in which your home is located, contact the municipal clerk in your municipality to find out. Then verify by calling the resident school district.


Important Information If You Are Planning to Move

If you are planning to move, you may apply for open enrollment. You must indicate as the resident district the district in which you will be living by September 20, 2019. You do not have to have an address in that district at this time, but you must know what the district will be. If you do not know what district you will be living in, you will need to make your best guess. If you selected the incorrect resident district, DPI can change the district to the correct one.
 


Nonresident School Districts / School Districts You Are Applying To

  • The "nonresident school district" is the school district you want your child to attend. Be sure you indicate the correct nonresident school district. Many school districts have similar names. If you select the incorrect nonresident district, DPI cannot change the district to the correct one. If you have any questions, please call the nonresident school district to inquire, or call a DPI open enrollment consultant at (888) 245-2732.
     
  • If you submit applications to more than three nonresident school districts, all applications will be declared invalid.
     
  • As an option, you may request a specific school or program in the nonresident school district.
     
    • Assignment to the requested school or program is not guaranteed, and your child may be assigned to a different school than the one requested.
       
    • You may indicate in the check box that you wish to be considered only for the school listed;
      However, if you do this:
       
      • your application may be denied even if there is space in another school in the district, and
         
      • you will not be placed on a waiting list if the school district has one.

Special Note on K-8 and Unified High School (UHS) Districts

Most school districts in Wisconsin offer grades kindergarten through 12. However, some school districts offer only grades kindergarten to 8 (K-8 or elementary only districts) and some school districts offer only high school grades (UHS districts). Each K-8 district "feeds into" a UHS district. However, these are separate school districts. Applications must be submitted to the correct school district and the application must indicate the correct resident school district. If you are applying for your child to attend a K-8 or UHS district or to transfer out of a K-8 or UHS district, be sure you name the correct school district on the application form. If you have any questions, please call the school district office or the DPI for information about how to submit your application.

Because K-8 and UHS districts are separate school districts, open enrolled students must submit new applications when transferring from a K-8 district (for example, Glendale-River Hills School District) to the associated UHS district (for example Nicolet UHS District). Students applying to the UHS district from an associated K-8 district are entitled to preference for available seats in the UHS district. However, there is no preference for siblings if one attends a K-8 district and the other is applying for the UHS district, and vice versa.


Prekindergarten, 4-Year-Old Kindergarten, and Early Childhood Education

The open enrollment law limits the ability of students to participate for prekindergarten, 4-year-old kindergarten, and early childhood education. In order to participate in these programs:

  • The student's resident school district must offer the same type of program, and
  • the student must be eligible for the program in her or his resident school district

If your resident school district does not offer prekindergarten or 4-year-old kindergarten, your application will be denied.


Private School / Home-based Education

Important Note: If your child is currently enrolled in a private school or a home-based private educational program, you may apply for open enrollment. However, if your child participates in open enrollment in the 2019-2020 school year, she or he may not be simultaneously enrolled in a private school or home-based private educational program.  Attendance in a virtual charter school is not considered home-based private education.  It is considered public school.


Virtual Charter Schools / Online Schools

Below is a current list of "virtual charter schools" (aka "online schools") operated by public school districts in Wisconsin. If you want to apply to one of these schools, you will have to apply to the school district in the right-most column below. Be careful - some of the names are very similar!

School NameGradesSchool District to Apply To
21st Century eSchool K-12Middleton-Cross Plains
Advanced Learning Academy of Wisconsin K-12Barron Area
Appleton eSchool 7-12Appleton Area
ARISE Virtual Academy K-12Janesville
Bobcat Virtual Academy PK-12Birchwood
Bridges Virtual Academy PK-12Merrill Area
Cameron Academy of Virtual Education (CAVE) PK-12Cameron
De Soto Virtual Charter School (DVCS) PK-12De Soto Area
Destinations Career Academy of Wisconsin-High School 9-12McFarland
eAchieve Academy - Wisconsin 6-12Waukesha
eAchieve Elementary K-5Waukesha
Elkhorn Options Virtual School PK-12Elkhorn Area
George D Warriner High School for Personalized Learning 9-12Sheboygan Area
George D Warriner Middle School 6-8Sheboygan Area
HACIL - Hayward Ctr for Individualized Learning PK-12Hayward Community
iForward: Wisconsin's Online Charter School 6-12Grantsburg
Island City Virtual Academy PK-12Cumberland
ISWI HS Insight School of Wisconsin 9-12McFarland
JEDI Virtual Charter School K-12Lake Mills Area
Kenosha eSchool K-12Kenosha
Kiel eSchool 7-12Kiel
KM Global - School for Global Leadership and Innovation 9-12Kettle Moraine
Laker Online Virtual Charter School PK-12Turtle Lake
Lighthouse Learning Academy K-12Two Rivers
Link2Learn Virtual Charter School PK-12Chetek-Weyerhaeuser
Mighty River Charter School K-12Prairie du Chien
Montello Virtual Charter School K-12Montello
Norris Academy Virtual School K-12Norris
Northwood Virtual Charter School PK-12Northwood
Richland Online Academy 6-12Richland
Rural Virtual Academy PK-12Medford Area
Saint Croix Academy of Virtual Education K-12Saint Croix Central
Tomorrow River Virtual Charter School PK-8Tomorrow River
Wauwatosa Virtual Academy 6-12Wauwatosa
Wisconsin Connections Academy (WCA) K-12Appleton Area
Wisconsin Virtual Academy High School (WIVA High School) 9-12McFarland
Wisconsin Virtual Academy K-8 (WIVA K-8) K-8McFarland
Wisconsin Virtual Learning (WVL) PK-12Northern Ozaukee
Wonewoc-Center Virtual Academy K-12Wonewoc-Union Center

Reimbursement for Low-Income Parents for Transportation

  • You are responsible for transporting your children to and from school in the nonresident school district.
     
  • You may apply to the Department of Public Instruction for reimbursement of a portion of your transportation costs if the student is eligible for free or reduced price meals under the federal school lunch program.
     
  • Following are the income guidelines for the federal school lunch program in the 2018-2019 school year to assist you in determining whether you may be eligible for transportation reimbursement.
     
    For each additional household member over 8, add $645
     
  • If you wish to apply for reimbursement, please check "Yes" on the form and provide the following information:
    • The number of students you will be transporting
    • The number of miles in a round trip from home to school and back home again
       
  • You will receive an estimate of your reimbursement. To receive a payment, you must file a claim form with the Department of Public Instruction. Additional information will be emailed or mailed to you at the end of the school year.

Approval / Denial

Notices of approval or denial must be mailed on or before Friday, June 7, 2019 by the nonresident school district and by the resident district on or before Friday, June 14, 2019.

Reasons for Denial

Denial by School District Applied ToDenial by Resident School District
  • No space available in regular education
     
  • Special education / related services not available
     
  • No space available in special education / related services
     
  • Special education referral not completed
     
  • Resident district does not offer same type of 4-year-old kindergarten, early childhood education, or school-operated day care
     
  • Current or past expulsion
      
  • Ineligible
     
  • Late application
     
  • Invalid application
     
  • Truancy from the nonresident district
     
  • Resident district does not offer same type of 4-year-old kindergarten, early childhood education, or school-operated day care
      
  • Ineligible
     
  • Late application
     
  • Invalid application
     

Contact Us

If you have questions about the open enrollment program, please contact a DPI open enrollment consultant at (888) 245-2732, or send an email to OpenEnrollment@dpi.wi.gov.

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