School Choice Explained, Here is what you need to know

Wisconsin School Choice

Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (WPCP) is now accepting applications for the 2020-21 School Year until April 16, 2020.

Fox Valley Lutheran High School and all fifteen FVL School elementary schools participate in the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (WPCP). Other area private/religious may participate as well, check with the school administrator. This state-run program allows eligible students who reside in Wisconsin to attend our schools tuition-free.

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Who is eligible for Wisconsin’s School Choice?

Student eligibility is based on a family’s income, residence, and the student’s prior-year school attendance.

Residence Requirements: Students must provide documentation showing they live in the state of Wisconsin.

Income Qualifications: To qualify for a voucher for the 2020-2021 school year, a new student must have a family income (adjusted gross income as stated on your 2019 1040 tax form) equal to or less than 220% of the federal poverty level income limits.

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Prior-year School Attendance: Students must fit one of these categories for prior-year school attendance

  • Attended a public school the previous school year
  • Participated in the WPCP the previous school year
  • Not enrolled in school the previous school year
  • Homeschooled the previous year
  • Is entering grades kindergarten, 1st, or 9th grade and attended an FVL School or other private school the previous school year

Are there any Wisconsin state limitations?

For the 2019-20 school year, state law mandated that no more than 4% of the students of a public school district may receive a WPCP voucher. In the 2020-21 school year, this enrollment cap increases to 5%.

If the district cap isn’t reached, all applicants who meet the requirements receive a voucher. If the cap is reached, students are selected through a random drawing conducted by the DPI.

NOTE: None of the public school districts in the Fox River Valley area reached the voucher cap for last school year (2019-20).

How long can students participate in the Wisconsin Choice program?

Once an FVL Schools student is accepted into the WPCP program, they can participate through high school graduation at FVLHS as long as they remain WI residents. Students continuing in the program are not required to provide annual income documentation.

When is application deadline?

Applications for the 2020-2021 school year must be submitted to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and are only accepted February 3 – April 16, 2020. No late applications are accepted for any reason.

More Information

For more information visit the Wisconsin DPI website at: https://dpi.wi.gov/sms/choice-programs. To learn more about FVL Schools visit: fvlschools.org.

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