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. Parents/guardians must have submitted an application for the regular application period between midnight February 4 until 4pm on April 30, 2019. Visit the DPI Open Enrollment homepage to apply or review the 2019-20 Open Enrollment brochure.

The alternative open enrollment application timeframe begins in July and runs until seats are declared for the following school year in January.  If you missed the regular application period you must wait to apply for alternative open enrollment until July per the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.  The 2019-20 alternative open enrollment application is now available on the open enrollment website on the Alternative Application Procedures webpage HERE.  

What seats were available based on the January declaration of seats? 

4K-4 open seats     Sixth Grade – 0 open seats
Kindergarten – 11 open seats     Seventh Grade – 10 open seats
First Grade – 0 open seats      Eighth Grade – 18 open seats
Second Grade – 0 open seats   
Third Grade – 5 open seats      Special Education program
Fourth Grade – 1 open seats           Speech/Language— 2 open seats
Fifth Grade – 5 open seats
         Non-Speech/Language— 0 open seats


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.

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.

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 you may check the District's Frequently Asked Questions page or 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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