You may apply for open enrollment from February 1-19, 2010
Can applications be submitted to more already attending school in the nonresident school district
and siblings of currently-attending students. than one school district?
Applications may be submitted to up to three nonresident Some school districts establish waiting lists to fill unused school districts. spaces, but others do not.
Can I apply to a virtual charter school Can a resident district prevent a student
under open enrollment? from leaving?
Yes. It is strongly recommended that applications to attend A resident school district may prevent a student from What is Public School Open Enrollment? virtual charter schools be submitted on-line. Other leaving the district if the tuition charge for the student’s Wisconsin’s inter-district public school open enrollment important things to know about applying to virtual charter special education in the nonresident school district is an program allows parents to apply for their children to attend schools: undue financial burden for the resident school district. school districts other than the one in which they live.
If you have further questions about open enrollment for ? A virtual charter school is not home-schooling. Who may participate in open enrollment? children with disabilities, contact the resident or Students attending virtual charter schools are public
nonresident school district or the DPI. school students. Students in 5-year-old kindergarten to grade 12 may apply
to participate in open enrollment. ? You must know the nonresident school district in Can parents appeal if an application is which the virtual charter school is located. If you have Open enrollment for prekindergarten, 4-year-old denied? kindergarten and early childhood education is limited. any questions about this, call the virtual charter school. Parents whose applications are denied may appeal to the Parents should call their resident school districts to find out DPI within 30 days of the denial. State law requires the ? You must know your resident school district in order to if their preschool-aged children qualify for open enrollment. DPI to uphold the school district’s decision unless DPI finds apply.
that the decision was arbitrary or unreasonable. The DPI’s How and when may parents apply? ? State law limits the number of students that may decision may be appealed to circuit court. The open enrollment application period for the 2010-11 attend virtual charter schools under open enrollment. school year is from February 1-19, 2010. Late Must students reapply every year? You may be placed on a waiting list. applications will not be accepted for any reason. Once a student is accepted into a nonresident school Can an application be rejected? district, the student may continue to attend that district Parents may apply in one of two ways:
Yes. Nonresident school districts may deny an application without reapplication except that: ? On-line (recommended) at if regular or special education space is not available for ? The nonresident district may require a student to https://www2.dpi.state.wi.us/OpenEnrollApp. the student, if the student has been referred for a special reapply one time—at the beginning of middle school, education evaluation but has not yet been evaluated, or if ? Although on-line application is recommended, paper junior high or high school. the student has been expelled during the current or applications may be obtained from the Department of preceding two years for certain violent conduct. ? Under certain circumstances, a student who needs Public Instruction or any school district after January 4,
special education may be required to return to the 2010, and must be delivered (hand-delivery is If there are more applications than spaces, students must
student’s resident school district. recommended) to the nonresident school district be selected randomly, after giving preference to students
during the application period.
Is there a cost to parents for open
enrollment? Important open enrollment dates There is no tuition cost to parents for participation in open February 1-19, 2010 – Parents must submit enrollment. Parents of open enrolled students may be applications online or directly to the nonresident school charged the same fees as resident students. district.
April 9, 2010 – School district notices of approval Who is responsible for transportation?
or denial must be mailed. If the application is denied, Parents are responsible for transporting their children parents have 30 days to file an appeal. to and from school.
May 14, 2010 – School districts must notify parents If transportation is required in the individualized education of accepted applicants of the specific school or program (IEP) for a child with a disability, it must be program to which the student is assigned. provided by the nonresident district. June 11, 2010 – Parents of accepted applicants must notify the nonresident district if the student will School districts may provide transportation to open
attend the nonresident district in the 2010-11 school enrollment students if they wish. Usually, if transportation 2010-11 School Year year. If the parent fails to make this notification, the is provided, parents must transport the student to a location
nonresident district may refuse to allow the student to in the nonresident district.
attend the district. Low-income parents may apply to the DPI for partial Full-Time reimbursement of their transportation costs.
Inter-DistrictFor more information contact: Can a parent select a specific school in Public School Open Enrollment Program the student’s resident school district? Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
P.O. Box 7841 The state’s open enrollment program applies only to Open Madison, WI 53707-7841 transfers from one school district to another school district. Toll-free: 888-245-2732 It is up to each individual school board to decide whether or Enrollment firstname.lastname@example.org not to allow transfers from one attendance area to another email@example.com attendance area in the same school district. http://dpi.wi.gov/sms/psctoc.html Can an open enrolled student participate In Wisconsin Public in sports and other extra –curricular
Schools activities in the nonresident school
Open enrolled students have the same rights and (Information for Parents)
responsibilities as resident students.
Inter-scholastic athletics are governed by the Wisconsin 2010-11 Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA), which has Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Tony Evers, PhD, State Superintendent recently adopted new rules concerning transfer students. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction does not Parents should check with the WIAA or the school district’s discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, creed, age, athletic director about eligibility. national origin, ancestry, pregnancy, marital status or parental status, sexual orientation, or disability.