Wisconsin's youth options program is an opportunity for students in grades 11 and 12 currently enrolled in a Wisconsin public high school to attend a Wisconsin postsecondary institution for the purpose of taking one or more courses for high school and college credit. There is no limit on the number of credits or courses a student can take through Youth Options each semester.
Institutions of higher education are defined under the Youth Options statute as:
- University of Wisconsin System
- a technical college;
- a tribal college;
- Private Institutions (if they have completed their annual notice of intent to participate);
- nonprofit institutions of higher education (if they have completed their annual notice of intent to participate)
Under youth options, a student does not pay for a college course if the school board determines the course qualifies for high school credit and is not comparable to a course already offered in the school district. If approved by the school board, the student can receive both high school and college credit upon successful completion of the course. A student who successfully completes their high school graduation requirements earns a high school diploma regardless of whether the requirements were met while attending a high school or college.