Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment Information

The open enrollment program is a statewide program that allows students to attend a public school in a district other than the one in which they reside, if space is available. 

To be considered for open enrollment, parents/guardians must  submit an application for the regular application period between February 3 and the now-extended date of May 29, 2020. Alternative open enrollment applications can be accepted after July 1.  Visit the DPI Open Enrollment homepage to apply or review the 2020-21 Open Enrollment brochure.

What seats remain available for alternative open enrollment applications after July 1? 

4K- 2     Sixth Grade – 3
Kindergarten – 6      Seventh Grade – 0
First Grade –  13     Eighth Grade –  11
Second Grade –  2                 
Third Grade – 15     Special Education program
Fourth Grade –  10          Speech/Language—  0
Fifth Grade –  2
         Non-Speech/Language— 0 

Should we still apply if there are no seats open at the grade level(s) of my children?
Yes--all students who apply will be a part of the lottery process and since districts must declare open seats in January, often additional seats become available over the summer months. 

What happens if all of these seats do not get filled or more become available?
Families often apply to more than one school district for open enrollment and if all of their children do not obtain a seat, they do not choose to come to the district.  Therefore, there are likely seats that will go unfilled through this process in June and July as families make their choices. 

Additionally, per statutory guidelines, we can recalculate seats available in July after the initial regular open enrollment acceptance period closes which are based on enrollment numbers for the coming school year with updated information about move-ins/outs or other factors which drive class size determinations.  Please contact the office to learn what we anticipate if you are contemplating an alternative open enrollment application for your child(ren).

How do you apply?
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) Open Enrollment application process is now online. Online applications are automatically sent directly to resident and nonresident school districts as well as the DPI.

Those who do not have access to a computer may request paper applications from any school district. Paper applications must be sent to the nonresident school district(s) to which you are applying within the application period.

Please do not submit both paper and online applications. No other documents are required at the time of application.

More information:
To learn more about our nationally recognized school community, visit the About section of our website or visit us for a tour (please RSVP to 262-367-2000 x124).  

For answers to specific questions contact the Swallow School District Office at (262) 367-2000 x124 or DPI Open Enrollment Office, at (888) 245-2732.

We look forward to your application!

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