Open Enrollment Updates

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IMPORTANT NOTICE:  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the legislature has passed and the governor has signed 2019 Wisconsin Act 185. Included in this legislation is an extension of all statutory deadlines related to the regular open enrollment application period by approximately 30 days. The regular application period will now end at 4:00pm on May 29, 2020.

The online application for the 2020-21 school year is available February 3, 2020 to May 29, 2020 on the DPI Open Enrollment website.

The application period closes at 4:00 pm on Friday, May 29th. Late applications are not accepted for any reason.

The Franklin Public School District participates in the Wisconsin inter-district Open Enrollment program, which allows parents to apply for their children to attend school districts other than the one in which they reside. Wisconsin residents in grades 4K through 12th may apply to participate in Open Enrollment.

If you are currently attending Franklin Public Schools through Open Enrollment, you do not need to reapply. If you are currently attending Franklin Public Schools through Tuition Waiver, you must apply for Open Enrollment if you moved on or before February 3, 2020.

Parents are responsible for transporting their children to and from school.  The Franklin Public School District does not
require continuing Open Enrollment students to re-apply.

For more information please contact Tricia Geiger at (414) 525-7634 or visit the Department of Public Instruction website for more information.


On Wednesday, January 29, 2020, the Board of Education approved 68 seats for Open Enrollment students for the 2020-21 school year. The breakdown by grade level is below:

4K Grade ~ No spaces 6th Grade ~ No spaces
KD Grade ~ 20 spaces 7th Grade ~ No spaces
1st Grade ~ No spaces 8th Grade ~ No spaces
2nd Grade ~ 12 spaces 9th Grade ~ 5 spaces
3rd Grade ~ 17 spaces 10th Grade ~ No spaces
4th Grade ~ No spaces 11th Grade ~ No spaces
5th Grade ~ 14 spaces 12th Grade ~ No spaces

Of the 68 approved seats (not in addition to the approved seats), the Board of Education approved the following:

Spaces available for Children with Disabilities by program:

Cross Categorical ~ No spaces Occupation Therapy ~ No spaces
Speech & Language ~ 13 spaces Physical Therapy ~ No spaces

Important Open Enrollment Dates:

  • February 3 - May 29, 2020 – Parents must submit applications online.
  • July 2, 2020 – Nonresident school districts must mail notices of approval or denial. If the application is approved, the school district must notify the parents of the specific school or program to which the student is assigned. If the application is denied, parents have 30 days to file an appeal.
  • July 9, 2020 – Resident districts must notify applicants if the application is denied. If the application is denied, parents have 30 days to file an appeal.
  • July 31, 2020 – Parents of accepted applicants must notify the nonresident district if the student will attend the non-resident district in the 2020-21 school year. If the parent fails to make this notification, the nonresident district may refuse to allow the student to attend the district.

Accepting students from the established waitlist was extended to September 18, 2020.  However, if the offer is accepted, the student must be in attendance on the 3rd Friday of September (September 18, 2020).