Wisconsin Parental Choice Program

Wisconsin Parental Choice Program


Burlington Catholic School
is participating in the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program for the 2019-2020 school year!

Click here for the on-line Parent Application for the Choice Program.

To take advantage of the School Choice program for the 2019-20 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, 2019.

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 for 2018-2019 school year

There are two qualifying requirements to be in the program: First the applying student must be a resident of Wisconsin and live 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:

For the 2019 - 20 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 for the program the student is applying. All students must apply each year at dpi.wi.gov/choice. 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). For example, if a family of four with parents that are married has an income of $60,000, subtract $7,000 from their income and compare that amount ($53,000) to the income limit for a family of four in the table 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.

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.

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

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