Wisconsin Parental Choice 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. Our 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.
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 showing they 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 2019-2020 school year is February 1, 2019 to April 20, 2019.
To qualify for the program, a new student must have a family income (adjusted gross income as stated on your 2018 1040) equal to or less than 220% of the federal poverty level income limits shown below. Once a student is accepted into the program, they can participate through graduation at Lourdes Academy, provided they continue to meet the residency requirements.
Married Parents Income
In addition, all students applying for the WPCP must meet one of the following prior-year attendance requirements:
- Attended a public school in Wisconsin the previous school year
- Was not enrolled in school the previous school year
- Is applying for grades kindergarten, 1st or 9th grade in the current school year at a Lourdes Academy
- Participated in WPCP the previous school year
All students must meet the prior year attendance and residency requirements every year.
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.
Students are selected through a random drawing conducted by the DPI. Parents are notified of awards through email. This is normally done in June. For the 2019-2020 school year, state law mandates that no more than 4% of the pupil membership of a public school district may participate in the WPCP.
Late applications for the program will not be accepted for any reason by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI).
For assistance applying for the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program, contact: Lois Reischl, Director of Business Services, at (920) 426-3626, ext. 531 or email@example.com. Any information provided is strictly confidential.