One of the strengths of the School District of La Crosse is the variety of opportunities and choices offered to families, especially when it comes to school choice. Each home address within the district boundaries has pre-determined neighborhood schools that students may attend. Enrollment is guaranteed at your neighborhood school.
In addition to our neighborhood schools, the School District of La Crosse offers a variety of charter and choice schools that offer new and different learning environments. Parents may use our Intradistrict Application to request a transfer to a different school within our district.
Application Window: Parents interested in requesting a transfer to a different school in the district must complete an Intradistrict Application between February 1st – April 30th for the following school year.
What is a charter school? Charter schools are public, nonsectarian schools created through a business-like contract or “charter” between the charter governance board and the sponsoring school board or other chartering authority.
What is a choice school? Choice schools include students from the boundary attendance area as well as students that choose to attend through the choice and charter process. These schools deliver curriculum using a thematic approach or have a unique calendar.
What is a boundary school? Boundary schools are based on your home address within the School District of La Crosse. Please contact the Intra-district Transfer office at 608.789.7953 or firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about what your boundary school is.
Charter School Options:
Elementary – Coulee Montessori and School of Technology & Arts (SOTA I), Coulee Region Virtual Academy
Middle School – Coulee Montessori Adolescent Program and School of Technology & Arts (SOTA II)
Middle/High School – La Crosse Polytechnic School (Virtual Option Available) and Coulee Region Virtual Academy
Choice School Options:
Elementary – Hamilton Early Learning Center (Year-Round), Northside Elementary School (Year-Round), North Woods International School, and Summit Environmental School
Middle School – Logan Middle Spanish Partial Immersion
Parents interested in requesting a transfer to a different school in the district must complete an Intradistrict/Charter School Application between February 1st and April 30th for the following school year.
If you do not have access to a computer or internet access, you can fill out an online application at your current school, at the Hogan Administration Center in our Welcome Center, or visit your local public library computer lab.
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY APPLICATION IS APPROVED?
All applications are considered. The completion of an application is not a guarantee of placement. Your application may be approved, denied, or placed on a waitlist. Every effort will be made to communicate the status of your application by May 30.
WHAT IF I APPLY AFTER APRIL 30TH?
Applications received after April 30th will be considered on an individual basis.
Your address determines the school your child will attend. Please contact Michelle Wozney at 608.789.7651or email@example.com to inquire on what your boundary school is. You can also contact our district registrar at 608.789.7756 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Intra-district Transfer (formerly Boundary Exemption Request)
An intra-district transfer may be requested for the 2020-21 school year if a student moves in the middle of the school year. The request can be accessed through the link below. Please return the form by mail to: School District of La Crosse, Attn: Michelle Wozney, 807 East Avenue South, La Crosse, WI 54601 or e-mail at: email@example.com
The form can also be dropped off at your child’s school.
If you do not have access to a computer, please contact Michelle Wozney at 608.789.7651 or firstname.lastname@example.org for a paper boundary exemption form.
If you are requesting to attend any of our choice schools (Hamilton Early Learning Center (year round), Northside Elementary School (year round), North Woods International School, Summit Environmental School or one of our charter schools (Coulee Montessori Elementary and Middle School, SOTA I and II, Logan Middle School, School of Technology & Arts I & II, La Crosse Polytechnic School, please complete a choice and charter interest application form. This form can be located at: https://www.lacrosseschools.org/programs-services/career-choice-education/choice-charter-opportunities/.
For questions on the choice/charter interest form, please contact Kristina Arenz at 608.789.7654 or email@example.com.
If you do not live in the School District of La Crosse and have applied or plan on applying for OPEN ENROLLMENT through the Department of Public Instruction for the current school year or next school year:
You must wait to receive your Open Enrollment Approval Letter before completing enrollment.
Please submit or bring in the following materials with you to enroll your child(ren).
1. Proof of residency
Acceptable items include:
Utility bill (i.e. gas/electric, water/sewer/trash, property tax, cable/internet)
Lease agreement/rental contract
Escrow papers, mortgage book/statement
HUD-1 settlement statement or deed
Homeowner’s association fees statement
Letter on apartment complex or mobile home park letterhead, signed by the landlord, stating that parent/guardian/caregiver lives there
Verification of Social Services (SSI, AFDC, Medi Cal)
2. Birth certificate
Welcome to the School District of La Crosse!
The district recognizes the following circumstances as “New Families.”
Enrolling first child into preschool or kindergarten.
If a child is enrolled with the district for preschool it is not necessary to enroll them for kindergarten.
Transferring into the district from an outside school district without having another child enrolled in the La Crosse School District.
Re-Enrolling into the district after withdrawing all children from the La Crosse School District.
Any child, who is 4 years old on or before September 1, and either lives in the La Crosse School District attendance area or non-residents that complete the Open Enrollment application through the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is eligible for preschool.
Our preschool program is a 2.5 hour program, Monday through Friday, housed at several daycare centers and schools throughout the district. The preschool program is free to any eligible child.
If you have questions about the program, need help in deciding on a site to have your child attend, or registration questions, you may visit the 4 Year Old Preschool webpage or contact:
Preschool Administrative Assistant Jess Ahnen
807 East Avenue South Room 112A La Crosse, WI 54601
If your child is currently not enrolled in the School District of La Crosse Preschool Program, you can begin the enrollment process either online or at the Hogan Administrative Center.
Birth Certificate and Proof of Residency in the district will be required at the time of enrollment.
Your address determines your boundary school. If you have questions regarding school boundaries, please call Michelle Wozney at 608.789.7651 or the Registrar’s Office at 608.789.7756.
Parents are reminded that to be eligible for Kindergarten a student must be 5 years of age on or before September 1st. If you have any questions about the age deadline, please ask the principal at your child’s boundary school.
For any questions regarding school boundary information please contact Business Services.
For Non-Residents (i.e. if you don’t live in the School District of La Crosse): If you have applied or plan on applying for OPEN ENROLLMENT through the Department of Public Instruction for the current school year or next school year- you must wait to receive your Open Enrollment Approval Letter before completing enrollment.