Educational Options


Pursuant to Wisconsin State Statute 115.28 (54m), Racine Unified School District is required to post all educational opportunities available to children in our community, including public schools, private schools participating in the Parental Choice Program, charter schools, virtual schools, as well as open enrollment. Please be aware each of these programs have specific criteria, restrictions, and availability. More information is below.

Racine Unified School District

Virtual Learning
RUSD Virtual Learning

Early Learning and Elementary Schools
Bull Early Education Center (BEEC)
Fratt Elementary
Goodland Montessori
Jefferson Lighthouse
Julian Thomas Elementary
Knapp Elementary
Olympia Brown Elementary
Red Apple Elementary
Roosevelt Elementary
S.C. Johnson Elementary
Schulte Elementary
Wadewitz Elementary
West Ridge Elementary

K-8 Schools
Gifford K-8
Gilmore Fine Arts
Jerstad-Agerholm K-8
Mitchell K-8

Middle School
Starbuck IB School

6-12 Schools
The R.E.A.L. School
Walden III (Grades 6-12)

High Schools
Case High School
Horlick High School
Park High School

Alternative Learning
Racine Alternative Learning

Wisconsin Parental Choice Program

Wisconsin DPI Private School Choice Programs

Enrollment in a private school participating in the Wisconsin parental choice program. The following participating private schools are located within the District’s boundaries, and their accountability score is provided.

CERT School
Concordia Lutheran School
EverGreen Academy
Hope Christian School: Via
Lutheran High
Racine Christian School
Renaissance School
Saint John’s Lutheran School
Siena Catholic Schools of Racine
Trinity Lutheran School LC-MS
Trinity Lutheran School Wisconsin Synod
Wisconsin Lutheran School

Charter Schools

Charter Schools in Wisconsin

Virtual Schools

RUSD Virtual Learning
Wisconsin DPI Virtual Schools

Home School

Wisconsin DPI Home-Based Private Education Program

Open Enrollment

The inter-district public school open enrollment program allows parents to apply for their children to attend public school in a school district other than the one in which they reside. Any Wisconsin resident in 4K to grade 12 may apply to attend a nonresident school district under the open enrollment program. However, a child may transfer to a nonresident school district for early childhood education or 4K only if the child’s resident school district offers the same type of program and only if the child is eligible for that program in the resident school district.

Special Needs

Special Needs Scholarship Program

Early College Credit & Start College Now District Liaison

Connie Gardner
Secretary - Chief Academic Office and Office of Curriculum and Instruction

Youth Apprenticeship

RUSD offers many career and technical education programs including Youth Apprenticeship. 
Click here to learn more!


Start College Now vs. Early College Credit


Early College Credit Program (NEW)

Effective 7/1/18

Start College Now (NEW)

Effective 7/1/18

Eligible Students

Students attending Wisconsin public and
private schools, not concurrently enrolled in Start College Now Program.

Wis. Stat. § 118.55(2)(a)

Students attending Wisconsin public schools, not concurrently enrolled in Early College Credit Program.

Wis. Stat. 38.12 (14)(a) and Wis. Stat. § 118.55(2)(a)

Eligible Grades

9 - 12

Wis. Stat. § 118.55(2)(a)

11 & 12

Wis. Stat. 38.12 (14)(a)(1)

Eligible Institutions

Collectively referred to as “Institutions of
Higher Education” (IHE)

Includes UW System institutions, 
tribally controlled colleges, and private, nonprofit institutions of higher education

Wis. Stat. § 118.55(1)(bm)

Collectively referred to as “Institutions of Higher Education” (IHE) Includes only Wisconsin technical colleges.

Wi Stat. 38.12 (14)(a)

Inapplicability Certain courses taught through the UW System and Private and non-profit institutions of higher education are excluded from eligibility. Please see 2017 Assembly Bill 805 for more information.  
Eligible Semesters

Fall, spring and summer

Wis. Stat. § 118.55(2)(a)

Fall and spring only

Wis. Stat. 38.12(14)(3)

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