Notice of Educational Options

  • All public school districts are required by State of Wisconsin statute to post in the newspaper a list of  the report card accountability ratings of each school—public, charter, and choice—that is within the district boundaries, notice that the complete school and district report cards are available on the district’s website, and must list educational options on its website.

    Columbus School District offers students a variety of educational options to students who reside in the district.

    The districts’ primary educational pathway and instructional program for students involves a progression from 4-year old kindergarten through 12th grade, leading to a high school diploma.

    Some of the specific education programs offered to eligible students who are enrolled in and attending the District’s school include the following:

    • Early Childhood Special Education (for children who are at least 3 years old but not school-age)
    • Special education (for students who have disabilities)
    • Transitional program (for students with disabilities who are ages 18-21)
    • Speech and Language Itinerant Services (for children who are at least 3 years old but not school-age)
    • Support for English Language Learners
    • Advanced Placement coursework
    • Career and Technical Education (CTE) programming
    • Summer School Programming

    The full version of the District’s most recent School and District Accountability Report Card, as issued by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction under section 115.385 of state statutes, can be accessed via Columbus School District’s Legal Notifications page or https://apps2.dpi.wi.gov/reportcards/ (if the report card has been issued by DPI).

    Education Options for students who are enrolled in Columbus School District that involve part-time attendance at an education institution other than a school of Columbus School District include the following:

    Early Post-Secondary Credit Opportunities

    • Provides opportunities to apply for approval to take up to a total of 18 college credit courses at an Institution of Higher Education and is available to students in grades 9-12 (pending specific program requirements).
    • is subject to state and local eligibility requirements, including the limitation that the courses must satisfy a high school graduation requirement


    Additional educational options for children who reside in the District that involve full-time enrollment/attendance at a school, program, or other educational institution that is not a school or instrumentality of Columbus School District include the following:

    • High school students meeting certain age and other eligibility requirements may be permitted to attend a technical college or certain other programs for the purpose of completing a program leading to a student’s high school graduation or to a high school equivalency diploma.
    • Full-time open enrollment involving physical attendance in a public school of a nonresident school district or attendance through a virtual charter school that is associated with a nonresident school district.
    • Beginning in the 2016-2017 school year, a child with a disability who meets the program’s specific eligibility requirements may apply to attend an eligible, participating private school under a scholarship awarded through the state’s “Special Needs Scholarship Program,” as established under section 115.7915 of the state statutes.
    • Enrollment in a private school of the family’s choosing (at the family’s own cost, as applicable).
    • Enrollment in a home-based private educational program as provided under state law.

    Educational options for children who reside in the Columbus School District but who are enrolled in and attending a private school or home-based private educational program include the following:

    • Private school students in the high school grades have the opportunity to apply for approval to take up to two courses per semester in a District school, pursuant to section 118.145(4) of the state statutes.

    Students who are enrolled in a home-based private educational program have the opportunity to:

    • Apply for approval to take up to two courses per semester in public schools as provided under section 118.53.
    • Participate in District interscholastic athletics and other District extra-curricular activities as provided under section 118.133.

    For more information about any of the educational options listed in this notice, please contact the District’s administrative office at 920.623.5950 or the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.