Wisconsin Parental Choice Program

Wisconsin Parental Choice Program

Program Information
Video presentation from Wisconsin Department of Instruction that explains the program.

Parent Brochure
The brochure from the Wisconsin DPI offers a summary of the Milwaukee, Racine and statewid programs. It includes information about residency, income, age, restrictions and how parents can apply.

A download of answers to frequently asked questions about the Choice Programs.

Online Application System
Applications must be submitted through the DPI website by parents and legal guardians.

Income Limits for 2018-2019 School Year
For the 2018-19 school year, the family income of a student new to a choice program must be at or below the amount listed in the table below. If a student is continuing in any of the choice programs or was on the choice waiting list for the same Choice program in the prior year, he or she does not need to meet the income limits. Family income includes the income of the student’s parent(s)/legal guardian(s) that reside in the same household as the student applicant. If the student’s parents/legal guardians that reside in the same household 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 income amount married families compare to the tables below). Family size includes parents/legal guardians and their children by birth, marriage or adoption that reside in the same household as the student applicant.

WPCP Only Income Limits
220% of the Federal Poverty Level for 2019-2020

Family Size               Maximum Yearly Income*

1                                        $26,708
2                                        $36,212
3                                        $45,716
4                                        $55,220
5                                        $64,724
6                                        $74,228

* As determined by the Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) on the federal income tax return for the prior calendar year (2018 for the 2019- 2020 school year).

Allowable Residency Documents
All parents or guardians applying must complete the online application for each student. Proof of residency must also be brought to the schools where parents are seeking to enroll children. This DPI document provides a clear list of what is accepted by the DPI as a proof of residency.