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Open Enrollment

What is Open Enrollment?

The inter-district public school open enrollment program allows parents to apply for their children to attend public school in a school district other than the one in which they reside. The 2020-21 open enrollment application period is February 3 – May 29, 2020. If you do not live within the School District of La Crosse boundaries you must apply for open enrollment through the Department of Public Instruction.


Who Can Apply?

Any Wisconsin resident in 4K to grade 12 may apply to attend a nonresident school district under the open enrollment program. However, a child may transfer to a nonresident school district for early childhood education or 4K only 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 regular open enrollment application period for the 2020-21 school year begins on February 4, 2020 and ends at 4:00 p.m. on May 29, 2020. The best way to apply is online. Please visit the following link for an on-line application from the Department of Public Instruction http://dpi.wi.gov/open-enrollment.


2020-21 Application Period Important Dates:

February 3 – May 29, 2020 – Parents must submit applications on-line.

July 2, 2020 – School district notices of open enrollment approval or denial must be postmarked by this date. If the application is denied, the parent has 30 days to file an appeal.

July 9, 2020 – District notifies applicants if the application is denied. If the application is denied, parents have 30 days to appeal.

July 31, 2020 – Parents of accepted applicants must notify non-resident districts whether the student will open enroll in the 2020-21 school year.


Contact Information:

Michelle Wozney




Click here for a listing of frequently asked questions regarding open enrollment.

2020-21 Open Enrollment Brochure