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 2023-24 school year begins on February 6, 2023, and ends at 4:00 pm on April 28, 2023. 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.

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.

Can applications be denied?

Both the nonresident and resident school districts may deny an application for reasons specified in state law. If an application is denied by either the resident or nonresident school district, the parent may file an appeal with the DPI within 30 days. The DPI is required to affirm the school district’s decision unless the DPI determines that the decision was arbitrary or unreasonable.

For more information on appealing a denial, visit our appeals page.

How do students get to school?

Parents are responsible to provide transportation to and from school in the nonresident school district, except that transportation required in a child’s IEP must be provided by the nonresident school district. A nonresident or resident school district is permitted (but not required) to provide transportation to open enrolled pupils. However, the nonresident school district is prohibited from picking up or dropping off a pupil within the boundaries of the pupil’s resident school district unless the resident school district agrees. Low-income parents may apply to the DPI to reimburse a portion of their transportation costs.

For more information on transportation, visit our transportation page.

Open Enrollment / School Choice

Oconto Unified School District 400 Michigan Avenue - Oconto, WI 54153 (920) 834-7814 ext. 4103 brenda.walkowiak@oconto.k12.wi.us

Wisconsin Department of Instruction News Release regarding Open Enrollment for the 2023-24 school year - https://dpi.wi.gov/sites/default/files/news-release/dpinr2023-05.pdf

Click here for - 2023-2024 Full-Time Open Enrollment Regular Application Period for Wisconsin Public Schools - Information for Parents

Find the Online Application Form here: https://sms.dpi.wi.gov/OEParent

Online applications are the preferred method of applying for Open Enrollment. If you do not have the internet available, there will be a computer available at the District Office during this time period.