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Private School Choice Programs: Student Applications (Information for Parents & Schools)

Private School Choice Programs: 2021-22 Student Applications

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The Private School Choice Programs (Choice) include the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP), the Racine Parental Choice Program (RPCP) and the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program or statewide program (WPCP). These programs allow eligible students to attend a participating private school in grades four-year-old kindergarten (K4) to 12.

Each year, parents must complete the Online Parent Application. An email address is required.

Open application periods vary by Choice program. Parents may apply to one or more schools for their student(s) during the available open application period(s).

Parents or guardians with questions should contact the school(s) to which they are applying. School contact information is available below under Find Participating Schools and Open Application Periods.

Apply Now - Online Parent Application


Am I Eligible to Apply?

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Residency.

Age. Students ages 4 - 20 on or before September 1 are eligible to apply for the Choice program. A student must be at least the following age on or before September 1: 4 years old for K4, 5 years old for K5 and 6 years old for grade 1.

Application Grade or Prior Year Attendance Requirement (RPCP and WPCP Only). Students applying to the RPCP or WPCP must:

  • (1) be applying to grades K4, K5, 1, or 9, OR
  • (2) meet one of the following requirements for the 2020-21 school year: (a) attended a public school in Wisconsin; (b) attended school in another state; (c) were not enrolled in school (including homeschool for the entire 2020-21 school year); (d) participated in the MPCP, RPCP or WPCP; (e) are on a MPCP, RPCP or WPCP waiting list, OR
  • (3) are applying to the WPCP and are on any prior year WPCP waiting list in 2015-16 or later due to a school district enrollment cap.
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Income Limits. Students who participated in any Choice program in the prior year and students on Choice waiting list in the prior year applying to the same Choice program are not required to provide income documentation.

New Choice students must provide income documentation showing the family income does not exceed the following income limits:

Family Size MPCP and RPCP Yearly Income* WPCP Yearly Income*
1 $38,280 $28,072
2 $51,720 $37,928
3 $65,160 $47,784
4 $78,600 $57,640
5 $92,040 $67,496
6 $105,480 $77,352
For each
additional
member add:
$13,440 $9,856
*If the student’s parents/legal guardians are married, their income
is reduced by $7,000 when determining income eligibility for the
program (i.e. married family income minus $7,000 is the amount
married families compare to the table).

For additional information about income limits, see the 2021-22 Income Limitsresource.

Find Participating Schools and Open Application Periods 

Click links for a list of Schools, School Contact Information, and School Open Application Period(s) for each program. Parents may apply to one or more schools for their student(s) during the available open application period(s).

Application Checklist for Parents

  • checklist iconMake sure you have a valid email address.
  • Decide which school(s) you will apply to and check available application period(s).
  • The Online Parent Application gives those who are required to provide income documentation two choices for providing proof of income:
    • (1) providing their social security numbers or taxpayer identification numbers and having the Department of Revenue determine whether the student is income eligible OR
    • (2) using the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) Income Determination method by answering a series of income questions in the online parent application. Generally, documentation must be submitted directly to the school(s) if the parent selects the DPI Income Determination method.
  • Parents will receive a confirmation email after they submit an application with information about the supporting documentation parents must provide to the school(s) to complete the application process. All parents will be required to submit residency documentation and some parents will be required to submit income documentation.

  • Parents must provide supporting documentation directly to each school they apply to, as explained in the Online Parent Application and the confirmation email, during the open application period or the application is ineligible.

Parents or guardians with questions should contact the school(s) to which they are applying. School contact information is available above in Find Participating Schools and Open Application Periods.

Apply Now - Online Parent Application

Información en Español

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Click here to return to the Choice homepage.

Email: PrivateSchoolChoice@dpi.wi.gov
Toll-free : 1-888-245-2732 ext. 3.