Wisconsin Choice Programs Show Gains

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For Immediate Release October 15, 2021
Contact: Jim Bender, School Choice Wisconsin
[email protected]  414.319.9160

Brookfield, WI – The Department of Public Instruction released enrollment numbers today for all education sectors in Wisconsin for this fall. Here is the data from their press release:

The state’s four private school parental choice programs (4) reported a combined third Friday of September 2021 headcount of 48,919. This was an increase of 6.6 percent over 2020. 4K headcount in the private school parental choice programs increased by 10.7 percent, kindergarten increased by 5.1 percent, and grades 1-12 were up by 6.5 percent.

Independent charter schools reported a total third Friday of September 2021 headcount of 10,691, an increase of 15.6 percent from September 2020. The previous increase, from 2019 to 2020, was 1.5 percent. The 4K/PK headcount was up by 18.3 percent and kindergarten by 15.8 percent, while first through 12th grades increased by 15.4 percent.

The data broken down by program are as follows:


Parental Choice Program 2021 Enrollment % Increase
Milwaukee 28,770 0.8%
Racine 3,940 2.5%
Wisconsin 14,452 19.5%
Special Needs Scholarship 1,757 24%
Total 48,919 6.6%
Independent Charter Schools 10,691 15.6%


“The Parental Choice Programs and Independent Charter Schools in Wisconsin continue to be very popular with parents as shown by their dramatic growth,” Jim Bender from School Choice Wisconsin said. “At a time of heightened awareness in K-12 education, parental options are more important than ever.”


Bar Graph of Choice Program Students


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