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Public School Open Enrollment

Public School Open Enrollment

Parents have a right to request their children attend a different school district other than where they reside through the Public School Open Enrollment (Public School Choice) program. The Open Enrollment program allows students outside the School District of Wisconsin Dells to enroll in our schools without paying tuition.

DPI Open Enrollment Information

The regular open enrollment application window for the 2023-24 school year is February 6, 2023 - April 28, 2023. Applications for the regular open enrollment application window must be submitted online through DPI. See the link above. Another opportunity exists for parents to apply for open enrollment beginning July 1, 2023 for the 2023-24 school year if applications are not submitted during the regular application period. This is known as Alternative Open Enrollment. The difference is that applications are accepted outside of the regular February-April timeframe. Applications for alternative open enrollment will be available on the DPI website starting July 1. Applications will also be available on this webpage, and paper copies will be available at Central Office at 811 County Road H in Wisconsin Dells. Office hours are Monday-Friday throughout the year, 8am-4:30pm. All alternative open enrollment applications must be submitted to Central Office.

Based on actions taken by the SDWD Board of Education, we can no longer approve alternative open enrollment applications for the remainder of the 2022-23 school year.

Based on actions taken by the SDWD Board of Education, we cannot approve any open enrollment applications for new students with special needs (including speech/language) or pending evaluations for the 2023-24 school year due to a lack of space.



This application is available on the Department of Public Instruction website. Click here for the information page. Click here for the link to the application. The link for the application will appear only during the application period stated above. Although paper forms are available, they are discouraged unless the parent is unable to submit an online application.

DPI has issued a press release announcing the open enrollment application period for the 2023-24 school year. Click here for official press release.

2023-2024 Regular Open Enrollment Brochure (English)

Folleto de inscripción abierta regular 2023-2024 (español)


Open Enrollment Available Spaces for the 2023-24 School Year

On January 9, 2023, the Board of Education approved a limited number of open enrollment spaces for regular education for Grades 4K through 12th Grade. Due to a lack of space, the school board also approved zero open enrollment spaces for new students requiring special education (including speech/language). However, the school board approved guaranteed acceptance for currently attending students with IEPs and grant preference to their siblings.