Open Enrollment

WHAT IS OPEN ENROLLMENT?

A yearly public school enrollment program that allows parents to apply for their children to attend public school in a school district other than the one in which they live in. 

WHO CAN APPLY?

Any Wisconsin resident in 4K to grade 12 may apply to attend a nonresident school district 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. 

WHEN CAN PARENTS APPLY?

The open enrollment application period for the 2023/2024 school year begins on February 6th, 2023 and ends on April 28th, 2023 at 4:00 pm. We strongly encourage parents to utilize the online application, however a printable paper copy of the application is linked below and available on the DPI website. Paper copies are also available in our school office Monday through Friday 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. Parents cannot submit open enrollment applications until Monday, February 6th at the earliest and must submit them no later than 4:00pm on Friday, April 28th.

ALTERNATIVE OPEN ENROLLMENT

Outside of the regular open enrollment period and after July 1st, parents may apply for open enrollment using the alternative application procedure. The alternative open enrollment application must be submitted during the school year in which the student wants to begin attending school in the nonresident school district. It is strongly recommended that the parent contact the nonresident school district before submitting an application to discuss the possibility of the student's transfer. 

CAN APPLICATIONS BE DENIED?

Both the nonresident and resident school districts may deny an application for reasons specified in state law. The parent may file an appeal with the DPI within 30 days. 

HOW DO STUDENTS GET TO SCHOOL?

Parents are responsible for providing transportation to and from school in the nonresident school district, unless transportation would be required in a child's IEP. Low-income parents may apply to the DPI for reimbursement of a portion of their transportation costs beginning on June 1st and ending on July 15th. 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!


CONTACT INFORMATION

DPI: 

White Lake School District Open Enrollment Coordinator: Hilary Messer-Franz