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Welcome to the Howard-Suamico School District

Open Enrollment Application Process 2014-2015


If you have questions about the open enrollment program, please call Sharon Rentmeester at (920) 662-7709 or the WI DPI enrollment consultant
at (888) 245-2732.

Open Enrollment Information

The Howard-Suamico School District is committed to ensuring that every graduate is prepared for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.  With innovative programs, outstanding staff and a commitment to rigor and excellence, the district fulfills its mission of Serving, Learning, Achieving - Together.

In addition to serving families that live in the Howard and Suamico communities, the district also takes in students though the Wisconsin Open Enrollment program.  Administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), open enrollment allows parents to send their children to another Wisconsin district at no charge.

  • To learn more about the Open Enrollment program and to download the necessary forms, visit the DPI’s open enrollment webpage. (Link to: http://dpi.wi.gov/sms/psctoc.html)
  • To learn more about the Howard-Suamico School District or to schedule a visit, please contact Assistant to the Superintendent, Sharon Rentmeester, at 920-662-7709.

Open Enrollment FAQs

The following information is provided by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

What is Public School Open Enrollment?

Wisconsin’s inter-district public school open enrollment program allows parents to apply for their children to attend school districts other than the one in which they live.

Who may participate in open enrollment?

Students in 5-year-old kindergarten to grade 12 may apply to participate in open enrollment. Open enrollment for pre-kindergarten, 4-year-old kindergarten and early childhood education is limited.  Parents should call their resident school districts to find out if their preschool-aged children qualify for open enrollment. 

 How and when may parents apply?

The open enrollment application period for the 2014-15 school year is from February 3 - April 30, 2014.  The application period closes at 4:00 p.m. on April 30, 2014.  Late applications will not be accepted for any reason. 

Parents may apply in one of two ways:

  1. Online (recommended) at https://www2.dpi.state.wi.us/OpenEnrollApp.
  2. Although online application is recommended, paper applications may be obtained from the Department of Public Instruction and must be delivered (hand-delivery is recommended) to the nonresident school district during the application period.   

Can applications be submitted to more than one school district? 

Applications may be submitted to up to three nonresident school districts.

Must students reapply every year? 

Once a student is accepted into a nonresident school district, the student may continue to attend that district without reapplication.

Is there a cost to parents for open enrollment? 

There is no tuition cost to parents for participation in open enrollment.  Parents of open enrolled students may be charged the same fees as resident students.  

 Who is responsible for transportation?

Parents are responsible for transporting their children to and from school.

If transportation is required in the individualized education program (IEP) for a child with a disability, it must be provided by the nonresident district.

Low-income parents may apply to the DPI for partial reimbursement of their transportation costs.

Can an open enrolled student participate in sports and other extracurricular activities in the nonresident school district?

Open enrolled students have the same rights and responsibilities as resident students. 

Interscholastic athletics are governed by the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA), which has recently adopted new rules concerning transfer students.  Parents should check with the WIAA or the school district’s athletic director about eligibility.