Choice and Charter Opportunities
In addition to our outstanding neighborhood schools, the School District of La Crosse offers a variety of unique choice and charter schools. Parents/guardians have the opportunity to submit an application for their student to attend one of our choice and charter schools during the priority placement window. For the upcoming (2017-2018) school year, applications for our choice and charter schools are being accepted through December 23, 2016. To apply, a parent/guardian must complete the district’s choice and charter application located online at https://www.lacrosseschools.org/programs-services/career-choice-education/choice-charter-application/. If your student is currently enrolled in one of our choice and charter schools, or you simply wish to continue at your current school, you do not need to complete the choice and charter application. However, if your child is going from elementary school to middle school or a middle school to high school, you will need to complete an application to continue your child’s education in a choice or charter school. Otherwise, your child’s secondary school will be based on your physical address/boundary.
Choice and charter options include:
- Coulee Montessori – 789.7970
- Hamilton Early Learning Center (Year-Round School) – 789.7695
- North Woods International – with Global Education and Spanish Partial Immersion strands – 789.7000
- School of Technology & Arts I – 789.7695
- Summit Environmental School – 789.7980
- Coulee Montessori Adolescent Program – 789.7780
- La Crosse Design Institute – 789.7670
- Logan Middle – with Global Village and Spanish Partial Immersion strand – 789.7740
- School of Technology & Arts II – 789.7780
November 21 – December 23, 2016 – Priority placement interest form window for School District of La Crosse families & currently enrolled out-of-district families
February 6 – April 28, 2017 – State of Wisconsin Open Enrollment window
Should you have any questions about a particular choice or charter program, contact the building principal for detailed information or for general information call 608.789.7654.
Note: Please know that successful submission of an application is not a guarantee of placement. Considerations such as physical space and special education programming (which will be considered through program availability at each building), will remain factors as we strive to most appropriately meet the learning needs of our students.
Frequently Asked Questions
A shuttle will be provided from the boundary school to the choice/charter school. Alternatively, a student may board the bus at any neighborhood elementary/middle/or high school (a school within the student’s same level). School start times do not allow the district to guarantee that a student can ride the bus from home to the boundary school and then catch the choice/charter shuttle. Busing is provided only during the traditional school calendar (relevant for Hamilton year-round school). Only the shuttle from a school to the choice/charter school will be provided with certainty. For specific transportation questions, please call First Student at 608.781.3880.
No. You can continue at your current school. This is letting you know about the Priority Placement window and the many options available in the School District of La Crosse.
You can either fill out an on-line application at your current school, at our administrative building (Hogan) in our Welcome Center (Room 112), at your local public library, or call 608-789-7654 and we will assist you in filling out the form.
District students with interest forms submitted by the December 23rd deadline will be contacted In March 2017 with their school placement. Students with applications submitted after the priority placement deadline will be contacted by June 2017. After June 1, decisions will be made on an individual basis at the school.
Yes, the same high quality curriculum is taught in all district elementary schools, including the choice and charter schools. However, how the curriculum is delivered is different in these schools, which all have a specific area of focus or building-wide theme.
The School District of La Crosse choice schools include students from neighborhood attendance areas as well as students that choose to attend. These schools deliver the elementary school curriculum using a thematic approach or have a unique school calendar as described in the brochure.
More information can be found on our website at www.lacrosseschools.org/choice-charter-opportunities. You can also call the choice and charter schools to request more information and/or a tour of the school.