Open Enrollment Information

The public school open enrollment application period for the 2022-2023 school year is February 7 - April 29, 2022 (closing at 4:00pm).

Students enroll at Pecatonica for a variety of reasons. For many, it is conveniently close to their home or "on-the-way" to a parent's work. For others, they like the small class sizes and the individual attention that they can receive in classes, labs, music and theater, and athletics. They also enjoy the close friendships forged within the small classes, clubs, and activities. Pecatonica students enjoy opportunities that their peers at larger schools just don't have.

Additionally, Pecatonica also offers a daily (M-F) full-day 4K program at no additional cost to parents, and an after-school program for students enrolled in 4K through grade 5 within the district. The after school program concludes at 6:00 pm each day, and students must be enrolled at Pecatonica Elementary in order to participate in either program.

What is Open Enrollment?

The inter-district public school open enrollment program allows parents to apply for their children to attend public school in a school district other than the one in which they reside.

Who can apply?

Any Wisconsin resident in 4K to grade 12 may apply to attend a nonresident school district under the open enrollment program. However, a child may transfer to a nonresident school district for early childhood education or 4K only if the child’s resident school district offers the same type of program and only if the child is eligible for that program in the resident school district.

When can parents apply?

The regular open enrollment application period for the 2022-23 school year begins on February 7, 2022, and ends at 4:00 pm on April 29, 2022. The best way to apply is online (a link to the online application is at the top of this page during the application period).  Additional information on the regular open enrollment application season can be found on our applications page.

An alternative application procedure allows pupils to apply for open enrollment at any time during a school year if certain criteria are met. For additional information, please visit the alternative application procedures page.

Can applications be denied?

Both the nonresident and resident school districts may deny an application for reasons specified in state law.  If an application is denied by either the resident or nonresident school district, the parent may file an appeal with the DPI within 30 days. The DPI is required to affirm the school district’s decision unless the DPI determines that the decision was arbitrary or unreasonable.

For more information appealing a denial, visit our appeals page.

How do students get to school?

Parents are responsible to provide transportation to and from school in the nonresident school district, except that transportation required in a child’s IEP must be provided by the nonresident school district. A nonresident or resident school district is permitted (but not required) to provide transportation to open enrolled pupils, however the nonresident school district is prohibited from picking up or dropping off a pupil within the boundaries of the pupil’s resident school district unless the resident school district agrees.  Low-income parents may apply to the DPI for reimbursement of a portion of their transportation costs.