School Choice programs have helped thousands of students throughout Wisconsin thrive because of the educational options available to them. Choice schools and educators take extraordinary steps to ensure their students are educated to the fullest. Read school choice stories about exemplary students and teachers in Wisconsin.


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Choice Schools and Families Stranded When DPI Drops the Ball

February 21, 2022

This year in Wisconsin, 49,000 students are enrolled in private schools through the Milwaukee, Racine, or Statewide Parental Choice Program. These are students in hard-working lower-income families who have been given a voucher to attend the school of their choice. The program is a blessing to families who could not otherwise afford the education that…

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The Support Behind the Stanford Scholar: Augustin at Cristo Rey Jesuit

February 14, 2022

Augustin Khey has been a busy student at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School for the past four years. On a given day, you may have found him building something for his robotics or computer science clubs. Or maybe you grabbed a copy of the Cristo Rey Jesuit High School newspaper and read an article by…

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In Service and Commitment, GRACE’s Doors Remain Open

February 8, 2022

When you’re dedicated to service, sometimes you must take risks to serve your community best. Ahead of the start of their 2020-21 school year, The Green Bay Area Catholic Education (GRACE) System had to decide whether they would take just such a risk. At the time, the Green Bay Area Public School District had decided…

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Celebrating Cultures, Connecting a Community at St. Thomas More Catholic School

January 25, 2022

“It was challenging for quite a while.” As in every other school, Green Bay’s St. Thomas More Catholic School met a new set of challenges when the coronavirus spread to their area. “The staff really came together and did everything they could” to serve the kids, says Principal Jamie Froh Tyrrell, who joined the team…

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New Testament Christian Academy STOPs COVID Learning Loss in its Tracks

December 22, 2021

When Wisconsin’s schools were first ordered to shut down to prevent the spread of COVID-19, New Testament Christian Academy Director Renee Johnson says “We prayed.” Little did they know how incredibly their prayers would be answered. New Testament Christian Academy is a private K4-8 school of 157 students with a campus on Bradley Road in…

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Those Who RISE to the Challenge

December 21, 2021

The coronavirus was brand new and spreading fast on March 18, 2020. On that day, out of an abundance of caution, Governor Tony Evers ordered all Wisconsin schools closed until April 6, 2020. What was meant to only last a few weeks continued to keep many Wisconsin schools closed to in-person education for over a…

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Annaliese School Choice Story

School Choice, St. Bruno’s, and Annalise

August 10, 2021

DOUSMAN, WI – On a cold afternoon in February, Annalise Cartwright had a parent-teacher conference unlike any other before. She sat in the brightly colored miniature chairs, customary for her 4-year-old Kindergarten classroom, with her mom, Melissa; dad, Allen; teacher, Juanita Gutbrod; and principal, Ben Holzem. They tried to break the news gently. A fire…

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kyan at hope via in racine

The Wakefield Family at HOPE Via

July 10, 2021

If there is one thing that 7-year-old Kyan Wakefield has enthusiasm about, it is prayer. The second-grader loves to pray. In fact, he gets a bit overzealous at times, and is gently reminded to cut it short when he leads the prayer at his new school, HOPE Via, in Racine. That doesn’t surprise his parents,…

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Amya at the Institute of Technology and Academics

June 22, 2021

Far across town from the Institute of Technology and Academics, lives a 15-year-old girl who has been in desperate straits. Her parents struggle with drug addiction, she cannot read and she has resorted to cutting herself to cope with her unhappy life. Things are changing for her, though, and it is all because of one…

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Adam in the SNSP

Meet Adam, The Social Entrepreneur

June 20, 2021

There was a time when Bernetta Dokes was in denial. She didn’t want to believe that any of her children had special needs that would impede their academic success. But in the middle of his elementary years, her son Adam was not reading at the rate that would be expected for his age. He was…

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