Course Options Information


The Course Options program provides a means for Wisconsin students to take courses offered by other Wisconsin school districts, and also includes the opportunity for students to enroll in courses offered by charter schools, various institutions of higher education, and approved nonprofit organizations at no cost to the student.

Specifically, the new Course Options law allows a pupil enrolled in a public school district to take up to two courses at any time from an educational institution. Wisconsin Educational institutions are defined under the Course Options statute as:

  • A public school in a nonresident school district;
  • the University of Wisconsin System;
  • a technical college;
  • nonprofit institutions of higher education;
  • a tribal college;
  • a charter school; and
  • a nonprofit organization that has been approved by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI)

This program becomes effective with the 2014-15 academic year. Interested students and parents should talk with staff in the high school guidance office and the postsecondary institution to decide on the appropriate course or courses. The Course Options Brochure, Application, and Guidance for Parents and Students, posted below, will provide helpful information in completing the process.

Course Options Brochure
Course Options Application Form
This is an electronically fillable Word form. It is recommended that you complete as much information as possible in the electronic format and then print the form. If you need help with this, please see your School Counselor.
Course Options Guidance for Parents and Students