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Open Enrollment & Chapter 220

There are currently no Open Enrollment seats.

What is Open Enrollment?

Open Enrollment is a State of Wisconsin program that allows parents to apply for their children to attend school districts other than the one in which they live.

Who may participate?

Wisconsin residents in grades 4K to 12 may apply to participate in open enrollment. Students in pre-kindergarten may participate only in limited circumstances; parents should call their resident school district administrator to find out if their preschool-aged children qualify.

How and when may parents apply?

Application period for the 2017-2018 School Year will be February 6 - April 28, 2017. During this time frame you may apply here.

Parents must submit application to Department of Public Instruction website here. You may apply to up to three different nonresident school districts during application period. Generally, this begins the first Monday of February and continues through the end of April. Parents must complete an application for each child. Late or early applications will not be accepted for any reason. The application period is for seats available for the next school year.

Paper application forms may be obtained after December 15 from the Department of Public Instruction website here, but the portal to apply on-line will only be open during the application period.

Can an application be rejected?

Under certain circumstances nonresident school districts may deny an application.

  • Space is not available for the student in the nonresident school district
  • If the student has been expelled during the current school year or during the two preceding school years for certain violent conduct.
  • If the special education program that the student needs is not available in the school district; if there is no space in the special education program; or if the student has been referred for an evaluation but has not yet been evaluated

What if more students apply to attend than there are spaces?

If more students apply to attend the nonresident school district than there are spaces, the nonresident school district must give preference to students who are already attending that district and have moved to another district, and to siblings of students who are already attending that district. After granting these preferences, students assigned to any remaining spaces must be selected randomly. Students who are not selected will be placed on a wait list in order of their name being drawn.

Other helpful information:

Both the resident district and the nonresident district must approve the application.

Parents whose children's applications were denied may appeal to the DPI within 30 days after receiving notice of denial.

Students who are accepted into a nonresident school district may continue to attend without reapplication with two exceptions:

oThe nonresident district may require each student to reapply one time and one time only - at the beginning of middle school, junior high school, or high school.

oUnder certain circumstances, a student who needs special education maybe required to return to the student's resident district.

oHabitual truancy

Students may return to their resident district at any time. However, once a student leaves a nonresident district to attend any other public or private program, they must reapply during the open enrollment application period and be approved in the process in order to attend that nonresident district again.

There is no tuition cost to parents for their children's participation in open enrollment. Open enrollment students will be charged the same fees as resident students for books, etc.

Parents are responsible for transporting their children to and from school, except if the student receives special education and the student's IEP requires transportation, the nonresident school district must provide the transportation. Low-income parents (parents of children who are eligible for free or reduced price lunches under the federal school lunch program) may apply to the Department of Public Instruction for reimbursement of transportation costs. Parents should apply for this reimbursement at the same time that they apply for open enrollment.

Parents may request a particular school within a district, but it is up to the school board to assign students to schools depending upon where the seats are available.

Chapter 220

Because Shorewood's minority population exceeds 30 percent, we are not eligible to accept any new Milwaukee students as part of the Chapter 220 program for the 2016-2017 school year, due to the state's mandate.


District Calendar

    • TueNov28 SEA Linkage 4:45 PMSHS Conference Room #116
    • TueNov28 Shorewood Historical Society/Connects/Library/Senior Center Linkage 6:00 PMSHS Conference Room #116
    • TueNov28 School Board Meeting 7:00 PM
    • MonDec04 Advanced Learning Information Session 6:00 PMSHS Library
    • MonDec25 Winter Break

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