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. 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 2021-22 school year begins on February 1, 2021 and ends at 4:00 p.m. on April 30, 2021. 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.
2021-22 Application Period Important Dates
- February 1 – April 30, 2021 – Parents must submit applications online or directly to the nonresident school district (district you’re requesting to attend).
- June 11, 2021 – Nonresident school districts must send notices of approval or denial via US Mail or e-mail. If the application is approved, the school district must notify the parents of the specific school or program to which the pupil is assigned. If the application is denied, parents have 30 days to file an appeal.
- June 18, 2021 – Resident districts must notify applicants if the application is denied. If the application is denied, parents have 30 days to file an appeal.
- June 25, 2021 – Parents of accepted applicants must notify the nonresident district if the pupil will attend the nonresident district in the 2021-22 school year. If the parent fails to make this notification, the nonresident district may refuse to allow the pupil to attend the district.