The open enrollment application period is from February through April. Late applications will not be accepted for any reason.
1) Online (recommended) at http://dpi.wi.gov/open-enrollment/applications;
2) Although on-line application is recommended, paper applications may be obtained from the Department of Public Instruction and must be delivered (hand-delivery is recommended) to the nonresident school district.
A student may apply to no more than 3 nonresident school districts. There is no tuition cost to parents for their children's participation in open enrollment. Parents are responsible for transporting their children to and from school, except that if the student receives special education and if the student's individualized education program (IEP) requires transportation.
If a student moves out of a school district during a school year, they may be eligible to continue in that school district for the completion of the school year. If the student moved prior to the first Monday in February, they must apply for open enrollment during the very next application period in order to continue to attend the school district after the current school year. If the student moves after the application period, the student may be eligible to complete the current school year plus the following school year. For more information on eligibility requirements and forms see tuition waivers on the DPI website. Forms may also be obtained from our district. Please call the Pupil Services Dept. at 983-2456 with questions or requests for forms.
Open enrollment is not guaranteed. Reasons for denial include the following:
- Space is not available for the student
- The student has been expelled during the current school year or during the two preceding school years for certain violent conduct.
- The special education program that the student needs is not available in the school district; there is not space in the special education program; or if the student has been referred for an evaluation but has not yet been evaluated.
- If the student was habitually truant from the nonresident school district during any semester in the current or previous school year.
If more students apply to attend than there are spaces; preference is given to students who are already attending the district. After granting this preference, students assigned to any remaining spaces are selected randomly. Once a student is accepted into our district, the student may continue to attend the district without having to reapply every year (in some other districts you may be required to reapply one time and one time only at the beginning of middle school, junior high school, or high school).
A resident school district may limit the number of students attending the nonresident school districts under open enrollment to 9% of the district's enrollment. If the resident district imposes this limitation, it must give preference to students who are already attending the nonresident district to which they are applying under open enrollment and to siblings of students who are already attending the nonresident district. Any remaining students who will be permitted to leave must be selected randomly.
In addition, a school district may prevent a student who needs special education from attending a nonresident school district if the tuition cost for the student creates an undue financial burden for the resident district.
Parents whose applications are denied may appeal to the DPI within 30 days after receiving the notice of denial. Late appeals cannot be accepted. The statutes require the DPI to uphold a school district's decision unless the DPI finds that the decision was arbitrary or unreasonable. The DPI's decisions may be appealed to circuit court.
A student attending under open enrollment may return to her or his resident school district at any time. However, once the student returns to the resident district, the student may not go back to the nonresident district unless the student reapplies during the February application period. (Returning to the resident district may affect your eligibility for inter-scholastic athletics).