Open Enrollment Information
2020-2021 Available Open Enrollment Seats
Each January of each school year, school boards vote on Open Enrollment available for the next school year and must determine available space by grade level. Space cannot be determined by building at this time.
Based on projected enrollment numbers and the Wauwatosa School District Open Enrollment Policy 5113, the Wauwatosa School Board approved available Open Enrollment seats for non-resident students during its January 13, 2020 meeting. At this time, there are no available seats for the 2020-2021 school year, based on the projected enrollment, with the exception of grades 6-12. Seats available in grades 6-12 are for assignment to Wauwatosa Virtual School only.
No applicants will be assigned to Whitman Middle School, Longfellow Middle School, Wauwatosa East High School or Wauwatosa West High School.
Open Enrollment Background
Beginning in fall, 1998, parents in Wisconsin were given the option of having their child(ren) attend any public school in the state where there is space available at the grade level or program requested.
The Student Services Department manages all aspects of this program from application to school assignment. Currently, over 1,000 students attend school in Wauwatosa through this program option.
Students who are currently attending the school district and move and siblings of current students in the district have legislative priority for admittance to the open enrollment program where space is available. It is the responsibility of the parent to provide transportation to/from school.
The Open Enrollment application period is established in state law as beginning the first Monday in February.
Application periods for upcoming school years:
2019-2020: February 4--April 30, 2019
2020-2021: February 3--April 30, 2020
2021-2022: February 1—April 30, 2021
2022-2023: February 7—April 29, 2022
For further information or questions about the Open Enrollment program, please contact Jama Davis, Debbie Hoppe or Kimberly Purcell in the Student Services office at 414-773-1091.