education options

education options2018-02-24T21:11:08-06:00

You have more options than you may think…

Brick & Mortar Public Schools

Compulsory Attendance

Your child’s age is your first indicator of his or her eligibility for beginning school. In Wisconsin, children must attend kindergarten at age five years old as a prerequisite for 1st grade.

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Required Documentation

Wyoming school districts set the requirements for what documentation is required prior to enrolling a student in their district. To get that information, contact the district directly.  

Some legal documents are required for Wyoming students to attend school:

  • Certified Birth Certificate/proof of identity
  • Official copy of records/transcripts from the previous school the child most recently attended
  • A shot immunization record (or proof that immunization is not required for the child)
  • Click here to view the immunization requirements 
  • Proof of home address (for example, a rental agreement or tax statement)

School Fees

Paying some fees is a part of public education, though it is primarily a free education. Students are expected to supply their own basic school supplies such as paper, pencils, and notebooks. Each district has a list of approved expenditures for students. Fee waiver forms can be requested from the school if there is a situation that prevents a family from being able to pay for required materials or events.

Some typical items on that list include:

  • Lunch
  • Summer school
  • Student parking passes (high school)
  • Lost textbooks
  • Late or lost library books
  • Field trips
  • Special class-required fees (e.g., science lab fees)

Public Charter Schools

What are Charter Schools?

Charter Schools are tuition-free public schools operated by independent, non-profit governing bodies.

Parents, teachers, and community leaders sign a “charter” or contract with a school district or state agency to create a charter school and give students more educational options than their assigned school. Charter schools have flexibility over classroom hours, curriculum, and employment policies, but are subject to periodic reviews based on student performance. In Wyoming, public charter school students are measured against the same academic standards as students in other public schools. Local boards of education monitor the academic and financial performance of charter schools, and, can revoke  or refuse to renew a school’s charter.

Wyoming Charter Schools

In Wisconsin, they have Independent Charter Schools (2r or 2x). Independent Charter Schools are charter schools that are not authorized by a public school district and are instead authorized by colleges and organizations.

Independent Charter School Requirements

For a full list of Charter Schools in Wisconsin visit Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Wisconsin Department of Public InstructionWisconsin also has virtual charter schools. For a full list of those schools visit .

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions about charters can be found at the Alabama Department of Education.  


Most charter schools do not have attendance zones. If you are interested in applying for your child, you must apply directly to the school. The application and selection process can be quite complicated. Make sure to contact the school early to determine the correct next steps to applying.

Virtual Public Schools

In Wisconsin, thousands of children attend school online in virtual classrooms with state certified teachers.  Some virtual programs are open to in-district students only, while others have enrollment open to students across the state.

Beloit Virtual School

phone: (608) 361-4171
grades: K-12

Berlin Area School District

phone: (920) 361-2004
grades: K-12

Black River Falls Virtual District

phone: (715) 284-4324 x2702
grades: K-8

Destination Career Academy of Wisconsin

phone: (855) 475.3218
grades: 9-12

Maranatha Virtual Academy

phone: (920) 206-2323
grades: 9-12

Northland Pines School District

phone: (715) 479-4123
grades: K-8

Oregon School District Online

phone: (608) 835-4000
grades: K-12

Poynette eSchool

phone: (608) 635-4347
grades: K-12

School District of Neillsville

phone: (715) 743-3323</span
grades: K-12

Sparta Area School District

phone: (608) 366-3504
grades: K-12

Wisconsin Rapids Virtual Schools Program

phone: (715) 886-8000

grades: K-12

Wisconsin Virtual Academy

phone: (866) 339-9912
grades: K-12

Private Schools

What makes a school “private”?

Private schools charge tuition, and many have a religious mission. Some private schools offer families assistance to make tuition payments. Click below for the complete list of over 900 private schools across the state.

Private School Review offers free, detailed information on U.S. private schools combined with useful community data (e.g., housing costs) and maps of the surrounding areas.

*Information on non-public school admission requirements should be obtained from the school directly.


Wisconsin has five educational school choice programs/scholarships.

These are all the educational school choice programs/scholarships in Wisconsin. For more information on Wisconsin’s Educational Choice Programs and how to get involved & help visit EdChoice

Private Virtual Schools

George Washington University Online High School is an online college preparatory academy for motivated students who are willing to be challenged to become the best students and persons they can be. Combining award-winning curriculum with small class sizes and intensive college counseling, students receive a flexible, individualized education attuned to their own needs and goals.

International Academy is a K12, Inc accredited, online private school for grades K–12. Students earn a U.S. high school diploma while using award-winning K¹² curriculum

They offer extensive, individualized academic and counseling support keep students on track. The flexibility allows students to explore their passions. Full-time and part-time options are available.

International Connections Academy is a fully-accredited, online, college preparatory private school serving K–12 students worldwide. The program combines a top-rated curriculum with talented teachers, cutting-edge technology, the flexibility to learn at home, and direct family involvement to ensure each student realizes his or her full potential.

The Keystone School offers flexible education programs for high school and middle school students. Whether your student wants to study full-time or just needs individual classes, they offer more than 170 courses from credit recovery to world languages and AP. Students can enroll at any time.

Home Education

Your options

In Wisconsin a home-based private educational program is limited to one family and is defined as “a program of educational instruction provided to a child by the child’s parent or guardian or by a person designated by the parent or guardian.” Home-based private educational programs are subject to the same requirements as private schools.

Home School Legal Defense Alliance

visit HSLDA website >

Coalition for Responsible Home Education

visit the coalition’s website >

Support Groups

Wisconsin has many homeschool associations that offer classes, curriculum, advising, sports, clubs, socials and recreation. Check out your local support groups here.

Dual Enrollment

College Credit

Wisconsin has five programs that are considered dual enrollment.

  • Youth Options – allows 11th and 12th graders to enroll in an institution of higher education
  • Course Optionsextends existing open enrollment policy to students seeking admission at a public or nonprofit postsecondary institution or tribal college
  • Section 118.15(1)(b) – permits a student to participate in a program leading to his/her high school graduation.
  • Section 118.55(7r)allows a student in good academic standing who is not an at-risk student to enroll in a technical college.
  • Dual Enrollmentprograms are programs or courses of study designed to provide high school students the opportunity to gain credits in both technical college and high school

Course Fees 

  • Course Options – the student’s school district pays the cost for any courses taken. 
  • Section 118.15(1)(b) & Dual Enrollment – students/parents are responsible for paying for any courses taken.
  • Section 118.55(7r) & Youth Options – For a student taking post secondary credit courses the student is responsible for paying.

For more information about dual enrollment options in Wisconsin visit the Education Commission of the State’s.

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