Wisconsin Parental Choice Program

Wisconsin Parental Choice Program


St. Charles Borromeo School is excited to participate in the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program for the 2018-2019 school year!

We believe that financial limitations should not be a barrier in the ability of parents to provode a values-based Catholic education to thier children.

The Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (WPCP) allows families to receive a voucher from the State of Wisconsin to enroll their childres in a private or religious school tuition-free.

Eligible Students

Students entering K4, K5, 1st or 9th grade are eligible to receive a voucher, along with students transferring from a public school who can enter at any grade. Home-schooled students can also enter the program at any grade.

Qualifying Requirements

There are two qualifying requirements to be in the program: First the applying student must be a resident of Wisconsin andlive outside the city of Milwaukee and the Racine Unified School District. The second requirement is that the famiy's2017 income (adjust gross income) cannot exceed certain limits based on the size of the household and whether the household is single - or two-parent. See below table for the 2017-18 income limits:

Family Size

Max. Yearly Income (One Parent Home)

Max. Yearly Income (Two Parent Home)

2

$35,728

N/A

3

$44,924

$51,924

4

$54,120

$61,140

5

$63,316

$70,316

6

$72,512

$79,512

 

* Add $9,152 for each additional family member above 6

The "once in, always in" provision of the WPCP allows the Choice student to keep his or her voucherthrough the 12th grade, even if family income rises above the income limits in subsequent years.

How and When to Apply for the Program

To take advantage of the School Choice program for the 2018-19 school year, parents/guardians will need to complete an online application at the Wisconsin Department of Public Education's wedsite (http:dpi.wi.gov/wpcp-statewide). The application period starts February 1 and ends April 20, 2018.

Limited to 3% of Eligible School District Students

The number of WPCP vouchers for the 2018-19 school year is limited to 3% of total students for each public school district. If the number of applicants exceeds a school district's 3% limit, the DPI will conduct a random drawing of eligible applicants. The 3% limit increases by an additional 1% in each of the next 7 years and then is totally lifited starting with the 2026-27 school year.

Will the Choice Program Compromise the Mission of Our Schools?

The vast majority of our future WPCP students will be members from one of our  local Catholic parishes. All school courses will continue to be taught incorporating Catholic values throughout the curriculum. Religion classes and Church services will count as part of our students' required instructional hours. We have carefully researched the program and believe the WPCP will be a blessing to many families who might not otherwise be able to afford a Catholic education. We will continue to monitor this important issue as involvement in the WPCP program develops.

Where to find Additional Information

Click here for the Online Parent Application for the Choice Program

Mary MacDonald, St. Charles Parish School, Burlington

mmacdonald@mystcharles.org 262-763-2848

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction website, search: Private School Choice Program (“Wisconsin Parental Choice Program”) https://dpi.wi.gov/sms/choice-programs