Wisconsin Parental Choice Program

The Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (WPCP) allows students who reside in a Wisconsin school district (other than the Milwaukee or Racine Unified School District) to attend any participating private school if certain eligibility criteria are met and the students are selected in the random drawing conducted by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI). The private school, on behalf of the pupil’s parent or guardian, receives a state aid payment for each eligible student.

If your family income places you at or below 220% of the federal poverty guideline you may consider applying for a voucher through the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (WPCP) via the DPI.  These vouchers are awarded on a lottery basis and cover the cost of the base tuition and the registration fee.  To apply, please complete the Online  Application and bring proof of residency, such as a recent utility bill, to Xavier Catholic Schools  at 1600 W. Prospect Avenue, Appleton.

Wisconsin Parental Choice Program Homepage

WPCP Income Limits

WPCP Frequently Asked Questions

WPCP Online Application

Folleto de Padres

Preguntas Frecuentes

Availability of new student vouchers is determined yearly based on the DPI lottery. Once a student is awarded a voucher with St. Francis Xavier Catholic School System,  the voucher follows the child through grade 12, with minimal paperwork to be completed each year. 

The open application period for the 2021-2022 school year was from February 1 – April 15, 2021.  For more information on the WPCP and Xavier Catholic Schools’ participation, please contact Tara Pearce at tpearce@xaviercatholicschools.org or (920) 735-9380.


Returning WPCP families that have received a voucher are required to log into the Online Parent Application and update any demographic information each year. Families are  required to submit a recent (within 90 days) utility bill with parent's name and current address to Admissions at Xavier Catholic Schools, located at Xavier High School, 1600 W. Prospect Avenue, Appleton. For questions, contact Tara Pearce at tpearce@xaviercatholicschools.org or (920) 735-9380.  Updates for the 2020-2021 school year occurred between February 1 - April 15, 2021.

Current Xavier students are permitted to apply for a voucher when entering 4K, K, 1st, and 9th grades. All students currently at a public school are eligible in any grade.

Pursuant to Wisconsin State Statute 115.28 (54m), our school is required to notify and provide the educational
options available to all students who are at least three years old, but not yet 18 years old.
Please go to https://dpi.wi.gov/ed-options to see the educational options represented for Wisconsin students.