Parental Choice Programs
Milwaukee Parental Choice Program
December 1-Jan 5
Wisconsin Parental Choice Program
To be eligible, students must reside in the State of Wisconsin, but cannot be assigned to the Milwaukee Public Schools or Racine Unified school districts. In addition, students must live in household that meets the income requirements set by the program.
Students applying for the WPCP must:
- be applying to grades K4, K5, 1 or 9; or
- meet one of the following requirements for the 2019-20 school year:
(a) Attended a public school in Wisconsin
(b) Attended school in another state
(c) Not enrolled in school (includes students that were homeschooled for the entire 2019-20 school year)
(d) participated in the MPCP, RPCP or WPCP; (e) on a MPCP, RPCP or WPCP waiting list; or
- on any prior year WPCP waiting list in 2015-16 or later due to a school district enrollment cap.
To apply for the program, a parent or guardian must visit the Department of Public Instruction website to submit an application for one or more participating schools. Here are step-by-step instructions for completing the online application. Once this is complete, the parent or guardian must provide proof of residency (utility bill, paystub, government correspondence) and proof of income (2019 taxes) to the school where he/she applied.
The WPCP enrollment period for the 2020-21 school year begins February 3 and lasts through April 16, 2020. This is the shortest enrollment period of all the programs. Don't wait to secure a seat for your child.
Participating schools are not obligated to accept a student if the desired grade is full. When a particular school reaches its capacity in one or more grades, it adds students to a wait list. Every year, many students on wait lists receive seats at the school of their choice. Parents with children on a wait list are encouraged to keep in communication with the staff at the school for this very reason.