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:

July 21, 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 August 8, 2014 - High school submits official transcript and Individualized Education Program records to Madison College Enrollment Center, 1701 Wright St. Madison, WI 53597.
August 8, 2014 - Student creates a Madison College Student Account and submits any other materials to meet course prerequisites.
August 11, 2014 - Madison College begins processing Course Options applications.
Before August 22, 2014 - Submit an accommodation form to Disability Resource Services if desiring accommodations.
August 22, 2014 - Student and high school begin to receive approval or denial letters.
August 26, 2014 - High school notifies student/Madison College of approval/denial.
August 29, 2014 – Parent/guardian must submit the final copy of the Course Options application with the “will attend” or “will not attend” box selected.
September 2, 2014 - High school is billed 50% of tuition and 100% of book, material, security, and supplemental fees.

NOTE: If the student will not be 16 years of age at the time of the course start date, the student and parent must complete Madison College's requirements for underage registration. More information, including the required documentation, can be found at Underage Student Registration.

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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.