Wisconsin School Choice

DID YOU KNOW THAT YOUR CHILDREN COULD ATTEND A PRIVATE SCHOOL IN WISCONSIN TUITION-FREE?

To qualify for the program, a new student must have a family income equal to or less than 220% of the federal poverty level income limits.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Students in grades K4 to 12 residing in a Wisconsin school district, other than in the city of Milwaukee or Racine Unified School District, may apply for the WPCP between February 1st and April 20th.

In addition, students applying for the WPCP must (1) be applying to grades K4, K5, 1 or 9; OR (2) meet one of the following requirements for the 2017-18 school year: (a) attended a public school in Wisconsin; (b) attended school in another state; (c) not enrolled in school (includes students homeschooled for the entire 2018-19 school year); (d) participated in the MPCP, RPCP or WPCP; (e) on a MPCP, RPCP or WPCP waiting list; OR (3) on any prior year WPCP waiting list in 2015-16 or later due to a school district enrollment cap. All students must meet the residency requirement every year.

It is a top priority of School Choice Wisconsin to be the leading resource for schools regarding their involvement in Wisconsin’s parental choice programs. Wisconsin’s school choice programs serve more than 30,000 students annually at more than 200 participating schools throughout the state.

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

Students in grades K4 to 12 residing in a Wisconsin school district, other than in the city of Milwaukee or Racine Unified School District, may apply for the WPCP between February 1st and April 20th.

In addition, students applying for the WPCP must (1) be applying to grades K4, K5, 1 or 9; OR (2) meet one of the following requirements for the 2018-19 school year: (a) attended a public school in Wisconsin; (b) attended school in another state; (c) not enrolled in school (includes students homeschooled for the entire 2018-19 school year); (d) participated in the MPCP, RPCP or WPCP; (e) on a MPCP, RPCP or WPCP waiting list; OR (3) on any prior year WPCP waiting list in 2015-16 or later due to a school district enrollment cap. All students must meet the residency requirement every year.

It is a top priority of School Choice Wisconsin to be the leading resource for schools regarding their involvement in Wisconsin’s parental choice programs. Wisconsin’s school choice programs serve more than 30,000 students annually at more than 200 participating schools throughout the state.

HOW TO APPLY

Parents must complete the on-line parent application available at: dpi.wi.gov/choice. Parents may only apply during the open application periods available for each school/program. In addition to completing the on-line application, parents must provide income documentation (if applying for a new student) and residency documentation (for all students) directly to the school(s) they apply to during the application period or their application is ineligible. Parents/guardians of new applicants must show they are income eligible by either: (a) providing their social security numbers or taxpayer identification number and having the Department of Revenue determine whether the student is income eligible for the program; or (b) using the Department of Public Instruction’s income determination method by answering a series of income questions in the on-line application and providing paper income documentation to the school(s) as directed in the application during the open application period. Applicants must also provide proof of residency directly to the school(s) during the open application period.

WHEN TO APPLY

Apply online between February 1 through April 20, 2019.

Apply early! Late applications will not be accepted for any reason by the state.

If you meet the listed income limits, complete an online application at https://apps4.dpi.wi.gov/ChoiceParent/

or stop in during normal school hours at the school office to complete the online application.

St. Patrick Contact information for the School Choice Program:

Jean Suttie, Principal

608-269-4748

jean.suttie@stpatrickparta.net

For more information from DPI, contact:

Private School Choice Programs

888-245-2732, ext. 3

PrivateSchoolChoice@dpi.wi.go

For a list of commonly asked questions and more details, visit http://dpi.wi.gov/sms/choice-programs