St. Catherine's High School is participating in the Parental Private School Choice Program. Open Enrollment for the 2013-14 year will be February 1-20, 2013. Additional open enrollment periods for the 2013-14 year are March, April, September and December, 2013.
The Parental Private School Choice Program (PPSCP)
allows students who reside in the Racine Unified School District (RUSD) to attend any participating private school if certain eligibility criteria are met. The private school, on behalf of the pupil’s parent or guardian, receives a state aid payment for each eligible student. Contact the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) for the list of schools participating in the program. You may also access the program’s webpage
Payment of Allowable Fees
A private school may charge a Choice student reasonable fees for personal items such as towels, gym clothes or uniforms, social and extracurricular activities if the activity is not a part of the required curriculum, musical instruments, meals, and high school classes not required or credited for graduation. A Choice student cannot be charged fees for registration or application to the Choice program, books, teacher salaries, buildings, maintenance, equipment, computers, or transportation if required to be provided or reimbursed by the RUSD.
Payment of Tuition – Grades 9-12
If the child’s parents/legal guardians are married their income is reduced by $7,000 when determining income for tuition purposes. Family size includes parents/guardians and their children by birth, marriage or adoption that reside in the same household as the student applicant.
220% of the Federal Poverty Level - 2013-14 Maximum
Family Size Yearly Income
For each additional member add $8,939.
A private school may, in addition to the state aid payment it receives, charge a choice student tuition in and amount determined by the school if both of the following apply: (a) the student is in grades 9-12; and (b) the family income of the student exceeds the 220% of the federal poverty level as listed above but is below the 300% federal poverty level.
300% of the Federal Poverty Level - 2013-14 Maximum
Family Size Yearly Income
For each additional member add $12,189.
Special Education Services
A Choice school may not discriminate against a child with special needs during the admissions process or elsewhere. However, as a private school, the Choice school is only required to offer those services to assist students with special needs that it can provide with minor adjustments. Parents should contact the public school district in which the private is located in for more information on the services provided to children with special needs enrolled in the public schools and the lesser services that school district provides those children enrolled in private schools.
Students in grades kindergarten through 12 residing in the RUSD may apply for the Choice program at a participating private school during a period the school is accepting Choice applications. Students new to the program must meet the income and prior year attendance requirements. To qualify for the program in the 2013-14 school year, a new student must reside in the RUSD and have a family income equal to or less than 300% of the federal poverty level income limits shown below. If the child’s parents/legal guardians are married their income is reduced by $7,000 when determining income eligibility for the program.
In addition, a new student must meet one of the following attendance requirements: (1) have attended a RUSD school in the prior year; (2) not been enrolled in school in the prior year; or (3) applying this year for grades kindergarten, first or ninth.
All students must apply each year and provide documentation that they reside in the RUSD. Students continuing in the program or students that were on the waiting list at a PPSCP choice school in the prior year are not required to provide income documentation.