Wisconsin Public School Open Enrollment Timelines

WISCONSIN (WIFR) -- The State of Wisconsin has announced the application period for open enrollment (also known as public school choice) begins in February for the following school year. Open Enrollment laws permit children to attend a public school in a school district other than the one in which they live.

The open enrollment application period for the 2013-14 school year is from February 4 to April 30. Parents are encouraged to apply on-line at https://www2.dpi.state.wi.us/OpenEnrollApp. Although on-line application is recommended, paper applications may be obtained from the Department of Public Instruction or any school district and must be delivered (hand-delivery is recommended) to the nonresident school district during the application period. Applications to attend the School District of Janesville must be submitted to the Administrative Services Department no later than 4:00 p.m. on April 30th (a postmark does not constitute timely submission). Applications turned in prior to February 4th will be returned as not valid and must be resubmitted after February 4th but before April 30th.

Enrollment in a requested school or program is subject to space and other limitations and is not guaranteed. Transportation is the responsibility of the parent.
Under School District of Janesville board policy, students who attended the district under open enrollment the previous year are not required to reapply for the following school year, unless they will be entering middle school.

An application is required for each sibling in the family. For example, if a family has one child in elementary school that has been approved for open enrollment and a new student entering kindergarten or Preschool for Janesville next year, the student entering kindergarten or Preschool for Janesville must apply for open enrollment in order to attend the School District of Janesville.
Parents will be informed in June whether their open enrollment applications have been approved or denied as well as school placement.

Applications are available from the Administrative Services Office at the Educational Services Center at 527 S. Franklin. If you have questions, please contact the Administrative Services Office at 743-5006.

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