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Wisconsin public school open enrollment

Parents who wish to choose the public school district their children will attend next school year (2010-11) face an application window from next Monday through Friday, Feb. 19.

State law allows Wisconsin children to attend public school in a school district other than the one in which they live.

The completed application must be submitted to the nonresident school district between Feb. 1 and 19 at 4 p.m. Early and late applications are not accepted.

Parents may request that a child be enrolled in a specific school or program; however, they should be aware those requests are not guaranteed, and are subject to the availability of space and certain other limitations. Students who were accepted and attended school in a nonresident school district last school year will, in most cases, not have to reapply to attend the nonresident school district.

Notification by mail of approval or denial will be postmarked by Friday, April 9.

Transportation is the responsibility of the parent; however, reimbursement of some transportation cost is available for low-income parents whose children are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches under the federal school lunch program.

More information is available on the Department of Public Instruction website at or Mary Jo Cleaver at (888) 245-2732 or