Enroll Your Student

Online Registration
The Sparta Area School District offers online enrollment at: http://www.spartan.org/enroll-your-student/2016-enrollment. This is accessible to families that are new to the District and existing families with new students to register for the upcoming school year.

To get started, please click here to be directed to the online enrollment page. You will be prompted on our online registration page to choose between new and existing family enrollment. New family enrollment is for those who are new to the Sparta Area School District; existing family enrollment is for families with a child currently enrolled in the Sparta Area School District.

If you have questions, please contact the District Registrar at (608) 366-3400. Hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Central Registration (In-person)
To register your child(ren) in-person, please go to Central Registration in the District Administration and Education Center (201 E. Franklin St.). The District Registrar will be able to help you with enrollment forms, questions, and school of attendance. Please bring your child’s certified birth certificate and immunization record with when registering.

View and download the enrollment forms if you would like to get an early start on registering your child(ren); the forms can be filled out in advance. If you are unable to print or would like a packet mailed to you, please contact the District Registrar at (608) 366-3400.

The application for free and reduced cost meals is available on the Nutrition Services website at: http://www.spartan.org/district/district-programs/nutrition-services/forms/. Please complete this form and submit to Sparta Area School District Nutrition Services, 201 E. Franklin St., Sparta, WI 54656. Once enrolled information for free and reduced cost meals will be mailed to your home the last week in July.

Open Enrollment

The 2017-18 Open Enrollment Window through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction will open Feb. 6, 2017, and close at 4 p.m. April 28, 2017.

Wisconsin DPI Public School Open Enrollment website
2017-18 Open Enrollment Brochure
Sparta Area School District Brochure (PDF)

What is Open Enrollment?

The inter-district public school open enrollment program allows parents to apply for their children to attend public school in a school district other than the one in which they reside.

Who can apply?

Any Wisconsin resident in five-year-old kindergarten to grade 12 may apply to attend a nonresident school district under the open enrollment program. However, a child may transfer to a nonresident school district for early childhood education or four-year-old kindergarten only if the child’s resident school district offers the same type of program and only if the child is eligible for that program in the resident school district.

When can parents apply?

The regular open enrollment application period for the 2016-17 school year begins on Feb. 1, 2016, and ends at 4 p.m. on April 29, 2016. The best way to apply is online (a link to the online application can be found at during the open enrollment period: http://dpi.wi.gov/open-enrollment?old=oe.dpi.wi.gov/

Additional information on the regular open enrollment application season can be found the DPI Applications Page: http://dpi.wi.gov/open-enrollment/applications

An alternative application procedure allows pupils to apply for open enrollment at any time during a school year if certain criteria are met. For additional information, please visit the DPI’s alternative criteria application procedures web page: http://dpi.wi.gov/open-enrollment/applications/alternative

Can applications be denied?

Both the nonresident and resident school districts may deny an application for reasons specified in state law. If an application is denied by either the resident or nonresident school district, the parent may file an appeal with the DPI within 30 days. The DPI is required to affirm the school district’s decision unless the DPI determines that the decision was arbitrary or unreasonable.

For more information appealing a denial, visit the DPI appeals page: http://dpi.wi.gov/open-enrollment/appeals

How do students get to school?

Parents are responsible to provide transportation to and from school in the nonresident school district, except that transportation required in a child’s IEP must be provided by the nonresident school district. A nonresident or resident school district is permitted (but not required) to provide transportation to open enrolled pupils, however the nonresident school district is prohibited from picking up or dropping off a pupil within the boundaries of the pupil’s resident school district unless the resident school district agrees. Low-income parents may apply to the DPI for reimbursement of a portion of their transportation costs.

For more information on transportation, visit the DPI transportation page: http://dpi.wi.gov/open-enrollment/applications/transportation