School Modification Form
The School Modification form is used to submit a request to DPI to close an existing school or to open a new school. The form can be used by public school districts, private schools, or charter schools. Closing or opening a school potentially impacts many areas, for example, accountability report cards, School Nutrition, Special Education, Financial Services, and federal reporting, to name a few. The School Modification form is routed to all applicable DPI teams to ensure the closure or opening is handled properly.
When creating a new school, it is important to understand the legal definition of a school, particularly how a school differs from a program. This information can be found on the Clarifying Information on the Definition of a School page.
Reassignment of school codes should be approached carefully. Please read this detailed information, including examples of different scenarios, refer to the Reassignment of School Codes page.
Act 212 is legislation relating to detention facilities and measuring a school district's improvement in report cards. For more information, refer to the Act 212 Guidance and FAQ Resource document.
Please complete the School Modification Form if you are requesting to open or close a school.
Please use the DPI School Directory application to make any of the following updates to existing information:
- High Grade and Low Grade (a/k/a grade range)
- Address or location change (physical, mailing, and/or shipping address)
- District or school website URL
- Main contact email address
- Individual contact information (District Administrator, Choice Administrator, Principal, Special Education Director, Library Media Specialist, Business Manager, etc.)
- First and Last Day Of School
- Kindergarten Info (public districts only)
Please note that if your school is participating in the Private School Choice Programs (Choice) or Special Needs Scholarship Program (SNSP), changes that impact those programs must be submitted using the update forms on the Choice or SNSP webpage. For example, changing the main contact email address through the form for the Directory will only change it for emails related to the Directory. That will not change the email address that is used for Choice program or SNSP correspondence.
You must have the appropriate School Directory user role in order to make these updates. If you do not, please request a user role using the WISEhome application. Instructions and a link to WISEhome can be found on the WISEhome Information page.
SIS Conversion Guidance
Public districts and Choice schools: if you will be changing SIS (Student Information System) vendors please notify DPI by submitting a help ticket. Changing your SIS vendor will impact WISEdata reporting. The DPI Customer Service Team is happy to assist you with this process.
If you have questions, or experience any issues submitting the School Modification form, please submit a help ticket.