• Wisconsin Parental Choice Program

    Also known as The School Voucher Program


    Lourdes Academy participates in the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (WPCP), which allows eligible students who reside in Wisconsin to attend our Catholic school tuition-free.  The private school, on behalf of the parent or guardian, receives a state aid payment for each eligible student.  Lourdes has participated in the program since 2013. 

    Eligibility:  Student eligibility, which is established by state law, is a combination of income, student residence, and prior year school attendance.

    All students must apply each year and provide documentation that meet residency requirements that are specific to the WPCP program.  Students continuing in the program are not required to provide income documentation.  Open enrollment for new and existing students applying for the 2018-2019 school year is February 1, 2018 to April 20, 2018. 

    To qualify for the program, a new student must have a family income (adjusted gross income as stated on your 2017 1040) equal to or less than 220% of the federal poverty level income limits shown below.  Once your student is accepted into the program, they can participate through graduation at Lourdes.


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     In addition, all students applying for the WPCP must meet one of the following prior year attendance requirements:

    1. have attended a public school in Wisconsin the previous school year;
    2. was not enrolled in school the previous school year;
    3. is applying for grades kindergarten, first or ninth in the current school year at a Lourdes Academy;
    4. have participated in WPCP in the previous school year.

    All students must meet the prior year attendance and residency requirements every year.

    For the 2018-2019 school year, state law mandates that no more than 3% of the pupil membership of a public school district may participate in the WPCP.

    Fees:  A Choice student cannot be charged fees for registration, application to the Choice program, books, teacher salaries, buildings, maintenance, equipment or computers.  A private school may charge a Choice student reasonable fees for certain personal items.

    Determination:  Students are selected through a random drawing conducted by the DPI.  Parents are notified of awards through email.  This is normally done in June.

    Apply early!  Late applications for the program will not be accepted for any reason by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI).


    To learn more about the School Choice Program, contact:

    Lois Reischl•Director of Business Services•250 N. Sawyer St.•Oshkosh, WI 54902•920-426-3626, ext. 531•lreischl@lourdes.today

    Any information provided is strictly confidential.