Q: How do I know what schools are open to school choice?
A: Call your preferred private or religious school to see if they intend to participate in one of Wisconsin’s Parental Choice Programs. A list of schools that currently participate can also be found here.
Q: Which grade levels are available at the private or religious school I choose?
A: Each private or religious school determines the grade levels and the number of seats it will make available to students in the Parental Choice Programs. This will vary from school to school.
Q: Does my child have to meet academic standards to attend a school through the program?
A: A student who meets residency and income requirements is eligible for the program. A school may not use grades or test scores as a condition of acceptance into the program. Once a student is accepted into the program, a school may test a student for placement purposes within the school.
Q: Can I apply to more than one school through the program?
Q: Will my child be required to follow the school rules?
A: Yes. Once a student is accepted and enrolled in the school, he or she is required to follow the school’s policies and procedures. A parent should contact the school for a copy of its policies and procedures. In addition, state law requires schools to have policies and procedures in place regarding suspension and expulsion.
Q: How many students and how many schools can participate in the Choice Programs?
A: There is no limit on the number of schools or students that may participate in either the Milwaukee or the Racine Parental Choice Programs. In the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program in 2021 – 2022, the student cap is determined by calculating 6% of the local school districts enrollment. Enrollment in a particular area can not exceed that 6% cap.
For more school choice information, visit the School Choice Toolkit main page.