Public School Open Enrollment

  • The 2024-2025 Open Enrollment application period is February 5 - April 30, 2024

    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.

    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 2024-25 school year begins on February 5, 2024, and ends at 4:00 pm on April 30, 2024. The best way to apply is online (a link to the online application is at the top of this page during the application period).  Additional information on the regular open enrollment application season can be found on our applications page.

    To complete the Public School Open Enrollment application please visit the WI Department of Public Instruction (DPI) site at

    An alternative application procedure allows pupils to apply for open enrollment at any time during a school year if certain criteria are met. For additional information, please visit the alternative application procedures page.

    Parents are responsible to provide transportation to and from school in the nonresident school district. 

    Important Open Enrollment Dates

    • February 5 - April 30, 2024 at 4:00pm – Parents must submit applications online or directly to the nonresident school district.

    • June 7, 2024 – Nonresident school districts must mail notices of approval or denial. If the application is approved, the school district must notify the parents of the specific school or program to which the student is assigned. If the application is denied, parents have 30 days to file an appeal.

    • June 14, 2024 – Resident districts must notify applicants if the application is denied. If the application is denied, parents have 30 days to file an appeal.

    • June 28, 2024 – Parents of accepted applicants must notify the nonresident district if the student will attend the nonresident district in the 2023-24 school year. If the parent fails to make this notification, the nonresident district may refuse to allow the student to attend the district.