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Our Falls Schools are a great place to learn, play and grow. Our students are state and nationally recognized as exceptional, well-rounded students that are ready to take on whatever life brings them after graduation.

If you're ready to enroll, it's really easy! Just follow our 5-step process below!

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Schedule a Tour

Do you want to take a peek at your new school before you enroll? Fill out the form below to schedule a tour at any of our schools!

4K & 5K Enrollment Night

Our 4K/5K Enrollment Night is Wednesday January 30 from 5 p.m - 7:30 p.m at Ben Franklin Elementary.

4K Eligibility: Child must be 4 years old on or before Sept 1

5K Eligibility: Child must be 5 years old on or before Sept 1

The following items will be required at this event to enroll your child:

1) Enrollment Forms (will be available in January, please check back after January 1st for information)

2) Birth certificate or passport for the child

3) All necessary Proof of Residency Documents. See our Proof of Residency section on this page for details.

Would you like to be emailed with updates regarding 4K/5k enrollment? Click here to submit your contact information.

If you have any questions - please contact Jean Erd at 262-255-8201 or email

Shadow a High Schooler

Are you interested in enrolling your child at our high school?

Do you want them to see what a 'day in the life' is like before you enroll?

Complete Student Shadow form and return to Student Services.

Once approved school counselor will contact you to set up the shadow.

Ready to Enroll?

Step 1- Fill out our enrollment form

Fill out our enrollment form

If you're tech savvy, you can use our editable enrollment form, found here. Just right click on the link select save link as and save to your desktop for the editable form. The form will auto download if clicked & must be opened in Adobe to be edited.

Want to do it the old fashioned way? Print off a paper copy right here.

Don't Forget: We'll ask you to sign off on having seen our Student-Parent handbook. It contains information on bell schedules, your child's rights to privacy and policies in our district. It's in the column to the right, labeled "Student Parent Handbook."

Step 2- Fill out Healthcare Forms

Fill out healthcare forms

Does your child take medication during the day? Does your child have asthma, seizures, diabetes or a potentially critical health need?

If so, please head over to our District Nurse's page.

Step 3- Find your proof of age

Find your proof of age

Please bring a birth certificate, passport or affidavit for your child when you enroll.

Step 4- Provide proof of residency

Proof of Residency

Resident must provide current documents dated within the last 30 days.

Home Owner – One from each group of the following documents are required:

Group 1:

    • Current WI driver’s license/State ID with current MF’s address on the driver’s license/State ID NOTE: filing an address change with the DMV does not constitute having a license with your current Menomonee Falls address. Only a duplicate driver's license with your Menomonee Falls address is acceptable.
    • Signed current closing papers in your name with the MF’s address listed

Group 2:

    • Current WE Energy statement in your name with current MF's address
    • Current Water Bill in your name with the current MF’s address

Lease Holder – All of the following documents are required:

  • Submit the required items within 30 days prior to your child’s first day of school
  • Complete Lease Holder Verification Information form: Form LV-1
    • Signed current MF’s lease with parent/guardian and student name(s) on the agreement
    • If enrolling for the Fall, agreement must be valid through Oct. of said school year.
    • Submit a canceled check showing payment of rent for the current period
  • Current WE Energy statement in your name with current MF's address
  • Current WI driver’s license/State ID with current MF’s address on the driver’s license/State ID

(does NOT include rented portions of a house or apt nor agreements formulated by a relative/ friend)

Resident (property owner or lease holder) allowing parties to stay with them for a specific period of time is considered a 3rd Party living situation. Contact the District Office for more information 262-255-8440

The School District is required by the State of Wisconsin to verify residency for all students attending their schools. Early enrollments for the upcoming school year may be required to re-establish residency within 30 days prior to the start of school.

Step 5 - Bring it all to us!

Bring it all to us!

Summer Enrollment Process: Before August 10th, please bring all items to the district office between the hours of 8:30 and 3:45 pm.

Evening Enrollment Hours: 4:00 - 7:00 pm

Tuesday July 31st and Tuesday August 7th

After August 13th - Enrollments will be taken at the school offices Monday - Friday between the hours of 9:00 am - 3:30 pm. Due to meetings and back to school activities, please call the school ahead of time to make sure staff are in the office. If no one is available at the school, please contact district office.

If you're not sure which elementary school you are at, check out the district boundaries map in the right column.

Note: If you're enrolling more than one student in our district, you don't need to go to each student's school. Just bring it to one location.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I open enroll my child in our Falls Schools?

There are no new seats for open enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year.

Open enrollment seats for the 2018-2019 school year was approved by the school board on January 22, 2018. There are NO new open seats for the 2018-2019. The board is required to provide approval of a recommendation every year.

Siblings do receive preference on the waiting list. The School Board does have an option of opening up Open Enrollment seats at a later date and the waiting list would be used to fill those seats. This is an option that the School Board has, however they have not to date used this option it is still an option.

Application period for the 2018-2019 School Year will be February 5 - April 30, 2018. You must re-apply every year if you are not currently attending in the Open Enrollment program, the waiting lists do not carry forward.

What is Open Enrollment?
Open Enrollment is a State of Wisconsin program that allows parents to apply for their children to attend school districts other than the one in which they live.

Who may participate?
Wisconsin residents in grades 4K to 12 may apply to participate in open enrollment. Students in pre-kindergarten may participate only in limited circumstances; parents should call their resident school district administrator to find out if their preschool-aged children qualify.

How and when may parents apply?
Application period for the 2018-2019 School Year will be February 5 - April 30, 2018. During this time frame you may apply on-line at (

Parents must submit application to Department of Public Instruction website ( You may apply to three different nonresident school districts during application period. Generally, this begins the first Monday of February and continues through the end of April. Parents must complete an application for each child. Late or early applications will not be accepted for any reason. The application period is for seats available for the next school year.

Can an application be rejected?
Under certain circumstances nonresident school districts may deny an application.
  • Space is not available for the student in the nonresident school district
  • If the student has been expelled during the current school year or during the two preceding school years for certain violent conduct.
  • If the special education program that the student needs is not available in the school district; if there is no space in the special education program; or if the student has been referred for an evaluation but has not yet been evaluated
What if more students apply to attend than there are spaces?
If more students apply to attend the nonresident school district than there are spaces, the nonresident school district must give preference to students who are already attending that district and have moved to another district, and to siblings of students who are already attending that district. After granting these preferences, students assigned to any remaining spaces must be selected randomly. Students who are not selected will be placed on a wait list in order of their name being drawn.

Other helpful information:

  • Both the resident district and the nonresident district must approve the application.
  • Parents whose children's applications were denied may appeal to the DPI within 30 days after receiving notice of denial.
  • Students who are accepted into a nonresident school district may continue to attend without reapplication with two exceptions:
    • The nonresident district may require each student to reapply one time and one time only - at the beginning of middle school, junior high school, or high school.
    • Under certain circumstances, a student who needs special education maybe required to return to the student's resident district.
  • Students may return to their resident district at any time. However, once a student leaves a nonresident district, they must reapply during the open enrollment application period and be approved in the process in order to attend that nonresident district again.
  • There is no tuition cost to parents for their children's participation in open enrollment. Open enrollment students will be charged the same fees as resident students for books, etc.
  • Parents are responsible for transporting their children to and from school, except if the student receives special education and the student's IEP requires transportation, the nonresident school district must provide the transportation. Low-income parents (parents of children who are eligible for free or reduced price lunches under the federal school lunch program) may apply to the Department of Public Instruction for reimbursement of transportation costs. Parents should apply for this reimbursement at the same time that they apply for open enrollment.
  • In the past Johnson Bus has offered paying customers to ride on the Chapter 220 buses that went into Milwaukee. However, there are no longer Elementary age Chapter 220 students participating in the program. Hence, there are no longer Chapter 220 buses available for elementary students.
  • Parents may request a particular school within a district, but it is up to the school board to assign students to schools depending upon where the seats are available.
  • Transportation and Transportation Reimbursement click on more information.

What is Chapter 220?

There are no new Chapter 220 seats for 2017/2018 school year. As of July 2015 the program for new students was eliminated.
Please note: In the past Johnson Bus has offered Open Enrollment paying customers to ride on the Chapter 220 buses that went into Milwaukee. However, there are no longer Elementary age Chapter 220 students participating in the program. Hence, there are no longer Chapter 220 buses available for elementary students.

What is Chapter 220?
Chapter 220 is designed to racially integrate school districts in metropolitan Milwaukee.
  • Chapter 220 is a program for minority students who live in Milwaukee and want to attend a suburban district school.
  • Chapter 220 is also a program for students who live in suburban districts to attend Milwaukee Public Schools as a minority.
  • The Chapter 220 program provides transportation for the students to and from Milwaukee.

I am a renter. Does my lease need to have my child's name on it?

No. Your child does not need to be listed on your lease. The lease does however need to have the name of one or both of the legal guardians. Please fill out form LV-1 under "What do I need to prove I reside in the Falls?"

Can I be guaranteed an AM or PM slot for 4K?

We do our best to ensure that families can place their child in the time slot that is most convenient for them. However, we cannot guarantee slots, especially if you enroll over the summer. The earlier you enroll your child for the coming school year, the more likely you will be placed in the times slot you prefer.

I already have children in the district. Do I need to fill out the same paperwork as a family that's new to the district?

Yes. All students that are new to the district, regardless of whether or not they have siblings already in our schools, will need to have the same enrolment paperwork filled out as families that are new to the district. Please follow the same 5-step process above.

How do I know if my student walks or rides the bus?

Once you are enrolled, that information will be provided to you. Generally elementary school students will walk if they live within a 1-mile radius of their school. Middle and high school students will walk if they live within a 2-mile radius. There are, however exceptions to these rules, especially when it pertains to crossing major thoroughfares like Appleton Avenue. For more information, head over to our transportation page.

What day care options do I have for my children?


This is the district's program, administered by our Community Education & Recreation Department. It operates from 6:30 a.m. until the start of school and until 6:30 p.m. after school. Here, students can spend time with their peers, complete homework and play games.

4K Wrap-Around

This is the district's program, administered by our Community Education & Recreation Department. It is available only to students enrolled in 4K at Shady Lane or Ben Franklin. Students will be able to spend even more time making new friendships with their classmates and

Learn more about KIDS INC and 4K Wrap Around here.

Area Daycares

Many area daycares are available to our families and many have transportation to and from our schools. Note: the district will not bus to a daycare that does not have transportation AND is located in the opposite set of partner schools. Ex: Willow Creek is in Ben Franklin's district, therefore the district would not bus a student from Shady Lane to that location.