MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) - The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has announced which twenty-five schools received the most eligible applications during the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program application period.
Parents and guardians submitted applications for 2,415 students to attend the 48 schools that indicated their intent to participate in the statewide voucher program. The top 25 schools had 2,069 eligible students apply to be in the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program. Of those students, 76 percent (1,566) did not attend a Wisconsin public school last year, and 24 percent (503) were from public schools. Of the 2,069 eligible students, 67 percent (1,393) attended a private school last year. The Wisconsin Parental Choice Program is limited to 500 students for the 2013-14 school year and one thousand next year.
State law requires the Department of Public Instruction to conduct a random drawing of eligible student applications and allocate 10 seats to each of the 25 schools and then fill the remaining 250 seats randomly. The random selection of student applications will be conducted by computer next week. According to state law,schools must submit documentation of their certificate of occupancy and meet program financial requirements by Sept. 1.
The Green Bay and De Pere area will have four schools or school systems participating in the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program for the 2013-14 school year. The Kenosha, Manitowoc, Oshkosh, Sheboygan, and Wisconsin Rapids areas each have two schools or school systems that will admit students through the statewide choice program. The remaining 11 communities will have one school or school system each in the new choice program.
25 Schools Receiving the Most Applications
Appleton Saint Francis Xavier Catholic School System Inc. (193)
Beloit and Janesville Rock County Christian School (102)
Chippewa Falls McDonell Area Catholic School (88)Eau Claire and Altoona Regis Catholic Schools(120)
Fond du Lac Saint Mary’s Springs Academy (64)
Green Bay and De Pere Green Bay Area Catholic Education – East (110) Green Bay Area Catholic Education – South (64) Green Bay Area Catholic Education – West (62) Notre Dame de la Baie Academy (82)
Kenosha Friedens Lutheran School (95) Saint Joseph Catholic Academy (100)
La Crosse and Onalaska Aquinas Catholic Schools(100)Madison Lighthouse Christian School (31)
Manitowoc Roncalli High School (65) Saint Francis of Assisi School (93)Marshfield Columbus Catholic Schools(83)
Oshkosh Lourdes Academy (113) Valley Christian School (95)Plymouth Saint John Lutheran School (42)
Sheboygan Sheboygan Area Lutheran High School (42) Sheboygan Christian School (59)
Stevens Point and Plover Stevens Point Area Catholic Schools(106)
Wausau and Rothschild Newman Catholic Schools(94)
Wisconsin Rapids Assumption Catholic Schools(109) Immanuel Lutheran School (40)