Early College Credit Options at the High School Level

Start College Now (SCN) allows high school students the opportunity to take college courses at Wisconsin Technical Colleges. The process is very similar to Youth Options. Statute 38. 12 (14) outlines the aspects of the program. Students looking to take courses in the fall semester must turn in the application to their high school counselor by March 1 of each year. For spring semester courses, the deadline for submission to their high school counselor is October 1 of each year.  Counselors will forward directly to the district representative on behalf of the student and family.

Link to Application / Madison College SCN Website

Program Specifics:

  • Courses requested CANNOT be similar or equivalent to courses offered by the district
  • Student may take up to 18 credits; no more than 2 courses at a time
  • Grades 11 & 12 only
  • Fall & spring semesters only; no Summer option
  • Student MUST meet pre-requisites outlined for each course
  • Processed within MMSD by the Office of Personalized Pathways
  • Questions? Contact Jen Wegner, 663-5229

The Early College Credit Program (ECCP) allows high school students the opportunity to take college courses at Wisconsin public (University of Wisconsin) and private universities. The process is very similar to Youth Options. Statute 118.55 outlines the aspects of the program. Students looking to take coursework over the summer term need to submit their application to their high school counselor prior to February 1 each year.  Students looking to take courses in the fall semester must turn in the application to their high school counselor by March 1 of each year. For spring semester courses, the deadline for submission to their high school counselor is October 1 of each year.  Counselors will forward directly to the district representative on behalf of the student and family.

Link to UW Application / UW Website 

Link to Private College Application / Website 

Program Specifics:

  • Courses requested CANNOT be similar or equivalent to courses offered by the district
  • Student may take up to 18 credits; no limits number of courses at a given time; however, UW will limit to 1 course at a time in most cases, 2 in rare cases with previous successful completion
  • Grades 9-12; however, most universities will have restrictions for Grade 10 or lower (unless there are extenuating circumstances)
  • Fall, spring, and summer courses are available under the program
  • Student MUST meet pre-requisites outlined for each course
  • Processed within MMSD by the Office of Personalized Pathways
  • Questions? Contact Jen Wegner, 663-5229

Part-Time Open Enrollment (PTOE) allows students to attend public school in a nonresident school district (including online or virtual district options) for the purpose of taking a course offered by the nonresident school district. A pupil may attend no more than two courses at any time in nonresident school districts.

  • Processed within MMSD by the Enrollment Office

Link to PTOE Application / Website

For more information, see the Department of Public Instruction website found here.

Questions? Contact Fatima Bendada, 663-4957

Early College Credit Start College Now Part-Time Open Enrollment
Type of Institution Wisconsin Public & Private Colleges/ Universities Wisconsin Technical Colleges Wisconsin K-12 Institutions
Grade Level 9-12* 11-12 9-12
Type of Coursework Cannot be similar to something offered within the district Cannot be similar to something offered within the district Any, including online
When Available Fall, Spring, Summer Fall & Spring Only Fall, Spring, Summer
Number of Courses at a Time No limit** 2 2
Credit Limit 18 18 N/A
Deadline Oct 1 for Spring Feb 1 for Summer; Mar 1 for Fall Oct 1 for Spring Mar 1 for Fall 6 weeks prior to beginning of course
Applications

UW Application
WAICU Application

Start College Now Application PTOE Application

How to get the books I need for my class?

Check the course syllabus or with the institution's bookstore for required textbooks and/or workbooks for the class or classes you are taking.

Next step, if you decide to attend the course(s) that you have been approved for, you will need to purchase them and seek reimbursement. The school board will reimburse the cost of the books and fees for all approved courses and materials. You will need to return the books and materials in a usable form and show a copy of your original receipt of purchase. 

To seek reimbursement after successfully completely the course, send both the book and the original receipt or invoice to:

Sara Koch

545 W. Dayton Street

Room 125

Madison, WI 53704. 

Your book will be processed for reimbursement upon receipt.