School Choice

  School Choice  
Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (WPCP)

  • The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has posted a number of resources for Choice schools and parents for the upcoming 2019-20 student application process.
     
    Resources For Parents: dpi.wi.gov/choice
  • Link to Online Parent Application
  • Application Process Presentation
  • Parent Brochure (available in English and Spanish)
  • Frequently Asked Questions (available in English and Spanish)
  • Online Parent Application Print Screens
  • School Lists and Contact Information (will be posted February 1)
  • Allowed Residency Documents
  • Alternative Residency Documentation Form
  • 2019-20 Income Limits
  • Department of Revenue (DOR) Income Determination Method FAQ
 
  •  In an effort to better assist parents applying for the Choice programs, DPI is requesting that Choice schools who include a link to the Online Parent Application or other Choice application documentation on their school websites use the shortcut dpi.wi.gov/choice or original https://dpi.wi.gov/sms/choice-programs/student-applications. Both links take parents to the same student-application webpage which includes the Online Parent Application link and all the parent resources listed above. These resources may be helpful in answering questions parents have when applying.
     
    Please remember parents must electronically submit the Online Parent Application. Schools may assist parents during the application process, but schools may not submit applications on behalf of parents in the Online Parent Application. Schools can answer questions and have computers available for parents to use.
     
    Please also remember that all applicants, regardless of their Choice status in the prior school year, must apply for the program every year.
     
    For New Students Only: Due to system maintenance at the DOR, the process for parents to immediately determine income eligibility in the Online Parent Application and for schools to complete the DOR income determination in the Online Application System (OAS) will not be available from Saturday, February 2 at 5:30 a.m. until Monday, February 4 at 9:00 a.m. Parents of new students will be able to submit applications during this time in the Online Parent Application and can use the DPI income method or select the DOR method in which they would provide their social security numbers to the school for later submission to DOR. A message will be displayed for parents during the DOR system maintenance that they may want to wait until Monday, February 4 if they would like an immediate answer as to income eligibility. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
     
    Resources for Schools Processing Applications: http://dpi.wi.gov/sms/choice-programs/student-applications-processing
  • Student Application Checklist
  • Application Process Bulletin
  • Student Eligibility and the Application Grade or Prior Year Requirement (New for 2019-20)
  • Application Verification and Corrections FAQ
  • Random Selection Agreement
  • Income Documentation Bulletin
  • Residency Documentation Bulletin
  • Student Tuition and Fees Bulletin
  • Online Parent Application Print Screens
  • Alternative Residency Form
  • Tuition Income Determination Form
  • Annotation of Birth Certificate Form
  • Information on Choice Administrators and Designees and Obtaining OAS Passwords Bulletin
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    Choice schools can access the OAS by clicking on “Information for Schools” located on the left menu bar of http://dpi.wi.gov/sms/choice-programs.
  • Notifications
            -SJS will notify applicants that have not met the eligibility requirements
            -DPI will notify applicants that have been offered a voucher (or if they are on the waiting list)

                         *Will not be sent out before June
                         *Applicants must accept the voucher by notifying SJS

 
Parents or guardians enrolling students for the Choice program should direct any questions to
Mr. David Kaiser, Principal
St. James Lutheran School, Shawano WI
715-524-4213

dkaiser@stjamesshawano.org