Wisconsin Course Options Program / Youth Options Program
Wisconsin Course Options Program
The Wisconsin Course Options Program allows any K - 12 student enrolled in a Wisconsin public school to apply to take up to two courses at a time at an education institution.  Participating students remain enrolled in their resident school districts for the majority of their classes.  The resident school district is responsible for the cost of the courses, though students may be charged additional tuition and fees for courses eligible for college credits.  For full-time, open enrolled students, the district of attendance is considered the resident district for Course Options. Course requests may be denied if students do not meet prerequisite coursework, if the course does not satisfy a high school graduation requirement or doesn't conform to a student's IEP or Academic & Career Plan.  Interested students must apply to the educational institution in which the student wishes to take the course no later than six weeks before the scheduled start of the course.  The student must also complete the Course Options Applications located on the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction website below no later than six weeks before the scheduled start of course. 


Wisconsin Youth Options Program
The Youth Options Program allows public high school juniors and seniors who meet certain requirements to take postsecondary courses at colleges and universities in Wisconsin. Approved courses count toward high school graduation and college credit.  Under Youth Options, a student does not pay for a college course if the school board (Principal) determines the course qualifies for high school credit and is not comparable to a course already offered in the school district. If approved by the school board, the student can receive both high school and college credit upon completion of the course.  Interested students must apply to the educational institution and complete the Youth Options Application before March 1 if interested in taking fall semester classes.  The applications must be completed by October 1 if interested in taking spring semester classes. 

Students and parents can contact JP Villavicencio at 262.472.5230 or at with questions about taking courses at UW-Whitewater.   Contact admissions at other colleges and universities with questions about courses at individual schools.


Course Options Student / Parent Brochure

Comparing Course Options & Youth Options Program

Course Options Electronic Application

Differences Between High School and College

Youth Options Timeline

Youth Options Plan & Report Form

Frequently Asked Questions

Youth Options Information

Gateway Youth Options Application Process

Youth Options Contract & SH Release