Course Options

What is it?

In 2013, the state of Wisconsin passed Wisconsin Act 20 replacing Part-Time Open Enrollment with a new statewide program called Course Options. Course Options allows high school students enrolled in a public school district the opportunity to take up to two courses in a semester from charter schools, institutions of higher education, and approved nonprofit organizations. For more information, including the Course Options application, visit

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  • Your desired course must have seats available.
  • You must meet course prerequisite requirements.
  • Your high school must approve course selection.
  • Parent/guardian permission must be granted.

Current Deadlines:

Before December 9, 2014 - The parent/student must complete all required sections of the application (PI-8900) and must sign the form and submit the application six weeks prior to the semester start date.

Before December 23, 2014 - High school submits official transcript and Individualized Education Program records to Madison College Enrollment Center, 1701 Wright St. Madison, WI 53597.

Before December 23, 2014 - Student creates a Madison College Student Account and submits any other materials to meet course prerequisites.

*Account Creation: Follow the Student Account Creation steps as outlined at Student Status.

*Course Prerequisites: Most classes have some form of enrollment requirement (also called a prerequisite) that must be met prior to enrolling. You may find course prerequisites listed as enrollment requirements by selecting a class at All Courses. For instance, Trigonometry (catalog # 20804213) has a COMPASS placement score requirement. Online and accelerated classes also require completion of a brief online orientation.

January 2, 2015 - Madison College begins processing Course Options applications.

Before January 9, 2015 - Submit an accommodation form to Disability Resource Services if desiring accommodations.

January 9, 2015 - Student and high school begin to receive approval or denial letters.

January 13, 2015 - High school notifies student/Madison College of approval/denial.

January 16, 2015 – Parent/guardian must submit the final copy of the Course Options application with the “will attend” or “will not attend” box selected.

January 20, 2015 - High school is billed 50% of tuition and 100% of book, material, security, and supplemental fees.

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Be sure to know all the responsibilities and expectations of a Course Options student. The Course Options Instructional Guide (PDF 1.12MB) contains all the information you need to succeed. Still have questions? Call the Enrollment Center at (608) 246-6210.