In-District Transfer/School Choice


    If you are considering having your child attend a school within the District that is not your neighborhood school, you must complete an In-District Transfer/School Choice Request.  If you are interested in more than one school, please fill out a separate application for each school that you are requesting. The school choice application period for the 2022-2023 school year opens at 8:00 a.m. on December 1, 2021, and closes at 4:30 p.m., January 7, 2022.  Late applications will not be accepted. 

    If your child is not currently enrolled in the School District of Waukesha, please complete the enrollment process by January 28, 2022.  All enrollment information will be sent to the school of choice once you have been approved to transfer.  This does not need to be done before filling out the in-district transfer/school choice application but enrollment should be completed during the months of December and January.

    Please note the following:

    • Butler Middle School is closed for In-District Transfers/School Choice.
    • Per SDW Board Policy ag6152, the School District of Waukesha may decline an intra-district transfer until all financial obligations have been met.  If your child has any outstanding fees, please have them paid in full by January 7th. 
    • If you are considering an In-District transfer to attend a specialty school/program such as the Dual Language Program, Compass, FLIGHT there is a separate application that will need completion in addition to the In-District transfer paperwork.
    • If you are interested in Quest, you must complete a separate application and live in the Butler Middle School Attendance Area.  
    • If you are interested in the Montessori School of Waukesha (KG-8th), Waukesha STEM Academy Randall Campus (K-5), Waukesha STEM Academy Saratoga Campus(6-8)Waukesha Engineering Preparatory Academy, or the Waukesha Academy of Health Professions, you must complete a separate application.  The School choice application is now a part of these applications so you do not need to complete an Intra-District Transfer/School Choice application to attend the Academies.  

2022-2023 School Choice Timeline

  •  Please Review the In-District Transfer/School Choice timeline below.  

    School Choice Timeline for the 2022-2023 School Year

    December 1, 2021:  School Choice Application Period Opens at 8:00 AM

    January 7, 2022:  School Choice Application Period Ends at 4:30 PM  *Late Applications will NOT be accepted.

    January 7, 2022:  All outstanding school fees need to be paid in full per SDW Board Policy ag6152.

    January 13 & 14, 2022:  Secondary School Choice Approval/Denial or Waitlist Letters will be E-mailed home.  If your child is approved, you will need to complete the online Commitment Form by clicking the link in the email.  IF you do not receive an email by January 17, 2022, it is your responsibility to contact the Enrollment Office to find out the status of your child's application.  Failure to do so may result in the loss of placement or your option to appeal a denial.

    January 21, 2022:  Secondary Online Commitment Due.  (Failure to complete the online commitment will result in loss of placement at the school of choice)

    January 21, 2022:  Secondary Appeal Letters Due to the Enrollment Office

    January 28, 2022:  Secondary School Choice Appeal Decisions will be E-mailed home

    March of 2022: Elementary School Choice Approval/Denial or Waitlist letters will be E-mailed home.  If your child is approved, you will need to complete the online Commitment Form by clicking the link in the email. Failure to complete the online commitment form by the due date will result in loss of placement at the school of choice.

    April - August 2022: Elementary & Secondary school choice wait list decisions will be made as seats become available for students on the waiting lists.  



Non-Residents of Waukesha

  • If you do not currently reside in Waukesha and are not currently enrolled in Waukesha through the Open Enrollment program, please fill out an open enrollment application.  The open enrollment application period is February 7 - April 29, 2022.  Please click the link below to fill out an open enrollment application.

    The Open Enrollment Application is available by clicking here.

    If you have any additional questions regarding Open Enrollment, Tuition Waiver, or School Choice, please contact the Enrollment Office at 262.970.1105 or via email at