Each year in February I write about Wisconsin’s Open Enrollment program. This is when parents may apply to have their children attend a school in a district outside of the one in which they live. Open Enrollment has a defined time period, specific deadlines and application requirements that must be met so it is important for parents to make decisions in order to meet these requirements. The 2019 Open Enrollment period is February 4-April 30, 2019.
What does Open Enrollment have to do with gifted students? For many parents, it has made the difference in obtaining an appropriate education for their student. There are many choices for open enrollment including a classroom in a nearby public school in another district, a charter school in another district, or a virtual school based in another district. Parents have found much success for their gifted students in each of these educational options, it just depends upon what you are looking for in a school.
I highly recommend that you review the DPI website on Open Enrollment to learn more. There is a brochure, other information, and contact information. Talk to other parents who use open enrollment. With your student visit schools you may wish to consider for open enrollment and attend the open house events they offer. With your student talk to teachers, parents, and students in the school(s) that you are considering. Let your student have input into the decision. The open enrollment decision is much like doing a college search. Oftentimes the gifted student will “know” when a particular school or program feels right, but you still need to do your homework and research the school or program.
If you wish to investigate this path and do not know where to start, begin with the DPI websites and brochure, and feel free to contact me. I may be able to put you in contact with parents who have chosen this educational option.
DPI Public School Open Enrollment
DPI Open Enrollment Resources and Links
DPI Open Enrollment and Special Education
Virtual Charter Schools
List of Wisconsin Virtual Charter Schools
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