MADISON – Wisconsin parents and guardians can apply to send their children to any public school in the state through the Wisconsin Public School Open Enrollment program beginning today, Feb. 4.

The online applications period for the 2019-20 school year runs through April 30, with applications available on the Department of Public Instruction website.

Traditionally, children in Wisconsin are assigned to attend school in public school districts based on the location of their parents’ home. Open enrollment is a tuition-free opportunity for parents to apply for their children to attend a public school in a school district other than the one in which they live.

Application deadlines are firm. Early and late applications are not accepted. Districts will notify parents by June 7 whether their open enrollment applications have been approved or denied.

Transportation to and from a nonresident school, in most circumstances, is the responsibility of the parent, however, some school districts might provide partial transportation. Parents with questions should call the nonresident school district office to find out if any transportation will be provided.

For help on submitting open enrollment applications visit For more information about open enrollment, visit the department’s Public School Open Enrollment website,

More information also is available from local school districts or from an open enrollment consultant at DPI, 888- 245-2732 (toll-free), or