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5111 Policy Eligibility of Resident Non-resident Students

The School Board establishes the following policy for determining the eligibility of students to attend the schools of this District.

  1. The Board will educate, tuition-free, students who are legal residents of the District. Proof of residency will be required for registration in the District. If residency is with individuals other than a parent, it must be based on a reason other than educational purposes.

  2. The District shall provide a free education to those students who are considered by Federal law to be illegal aliens or considered to be homeless by State-established criteria.

  3. Upon request of a student's parent or guardian, students who have gained twelfth grade status and who no longer reside within the District shall be permitted to complete their high school education tuition free.

  4. Students enrolled in the special education program of this District whose parents do not reside within the District may attend as tuition students with tuition computed pursuant to 121.83(1)(c) Wis. Stats. (Discretionary as to attendance, and mandatory as to calculation of tuition.)

  5. Resident students in grades 9-12 who attend private school or home-based educational programs shall be accepted into the District's educational programs at Wauwatosa East School or Wauwatosa West High School (school assignment based on student’s resident address) for up to two (2) classes if the student satisfies the high school admission standards and sufficient space is available in the classes.  Students will not be allowed to take Wauwatosa Virtual Academy courses or other virtual options.

  6. A high school student who now resides in a different school district as a result of a reorganization under Chapter 117 and who has completed 9th and 10th grade at his/her former school district shall be allowed to complete his/her education at the former school district, provided the other district agrees. The school board of residence shall pay the student’s tuition. The school of attendance shall count the student in its membership for State Aid purposes under subchapter II.

  7. Children of joint custody orders may attend school without payment of tuition if one (1) parent resides in this District or the order designates as the residential parent the parent with legal residence in the District.

  8. Foreign students, participating in a bona fide, foreign-exchange program and living with a resident host family, may be admitted tuition-free.

  9. Students, whose parents do not reside within the District, but who present evidence that they will move into the District within a short period of time, may enroll in the schools of this District as tuition students for the time not in residence. Tuition will be refunded in accordance with State law.

  10. Minor students, residing in the District, but not living with a parent, may be required to provide information sufficient to allow the administration to properly determine resident status under law.

  11. Tuition students may be accepted in accordance with State law and the approval of the Superintendent.

  12. Nonresidents may be accepted into the District's Adult Education classes upon payment of the appropriate fees.

  13. All students who attend a Wauwatosa public school or who attend a private or home school and reside in the District may be accepted into the District's Summer School Program with the same requirements and fees as resident students.

  14. Nonresident students may be accepted into the District's program under the Full-Time Open Enrollment Program or Chapter 220.

  15. Nonresident students in grades 9 – 12 may be accepted into the District's programs for up to two (2) classes under the Course Options Program. (Discretionary as to enrollment, and mandatory as to limit of two (2) classes.)

  16. The Superintendent, at his/her discretion, may deny admission to a student who has been expelled from another school district, within or outside the State, for the period of unexpired time of the expulsion. When the expulsion from the other district has expired, the student is to be admitted providing all other eligibility requirements have been met.

  17. Students who have begun the school year as residents and who no longer reside in the District may be permitted to complete the school year tuition free.

120.13(1(f), 121.77 et seq., 121.81, 121.84, Wis Stats.
42 U.S.C. 11431

Approved/Adopted:  July 13, 2009

Revised: February 22, 2016

Nathan Marinan,
Feb 23, 2016, 6:32 AM