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Wisconsin's Youth Options Programs

Youth Options


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.

For questions about this information, contact (608) 267-3161