Upper Campus Admissions/Application


Our 2024/25 application will be available January 6, 2025.

For more information about our Upper Campus CLICK THIS LINK to view a presentation.

How Do I Apply?


Complete the Application

In January 2025 a link will be provided to complete the application for the 2025/26 school year. Once we have received the application; we will contact you to arrange a follow-up conversation. If there are more applicants than spots, applications will be selected by lottery.


Come to an Open House

It could be helpful to come visit us. Come for a tour or attend our Open House with your family and meet MG21 staff. We schedule Open Houses during the enrollment period.


Open Enrollment

Families interested in MG21 who live outside of the Monona Grove School District will need to file the necessary paperwork for Open Enrollment and must also have completed our application process and met our application deadlines. Please see Open Enrollment below for more information.

MG21 Admissions


MG21 is open to all students grade 6-12 who reside in the District or are eligible for enrollment in the District’s programs pursuant to Wis. Stat. 118.51, 118.52, or 118.53.

The Governance Board will set an enrollment limit for the Middle Campus, grades 6-8, and a separate enrollment limit for the Upper Campus, grades 9-12.

Applications for admission to MG21 will be accepted during a regularly scheduled enrollment period in the spring of each year. If spots are available during the school year, applicants can be admitted at the beginning of each trimester. 

An application and pre-enrollment conversation with MG21 staff is an important part of the admissions process.

Students continuing in the Middle or Upper Campus, or moving from the Middle Campus to the Upper Campus, do not need to apply to continue their enrollment.

Admission criteria are disability-neutral, but if considered for admission (prior to enrollment), a student’s 504 or IEP team will convene to determine whether the student can receive FAPE (Free Appropriate Public Education) at MG21. If the team determines that FAPE cannot be provided at MG21, or the school determines that the services/accommodations set forth in the student’s IEP/section 504 plan would result in either a fundamental alteration of MG21’s programming or create an undue financial burden (keeping in mind the inherent difficulty in defending those bases for refusal), the District will then offer placement at another location that will provide the student with FAPE and will appropriately address the student’s disability-related needs.

The Charter School will not be required to admit any student who is under a current expulsion order from a school district.

Students not admitted to the Charter School through the enrollment process cannot be unilaterally placed in the Charter School by the District. 


Students that complete all required steps of the application process are considered for admission as long as space is available at MG21.

If the number of enrollment applications received during the application period for either the Middle or Upper Campus exceeds the enrollment limit, siblings of current students who submit an application during the enrollment period will receive preferential enrollment.

All additional applications received during the official enrollment period will be placed in a random lottery conducted by the Charter School in accordance with state and federal laws.

Those not selected will be placed on a waiting list in the order of their selection in the lottery. Students who apply after the enrollment period will be placed on the waiting list after those who applied during the enrollment period.

If throughout that process any questions arise about the student’s interest, willingness, or ability to be successful within the type of instructional program and expectations of MG21, staff will consult with the student and family as part of the admissions process.

In the event enrollment falls short of the enrollment limit for either the Middle or Upper Campus, notice will be posted on the MG21 website and additional applications may be accepted prior to the start of the school year. If there are more applicants than open spots during this period, a second lottery will be conducted following the procedure outlined above.


Families interested in MG21 who live outside of the Monona Grove School District will need to file the necessary paperwork for Open Enrollment or work with their local school district.

The open enrollment period is February 5-April 30, 4 pm. Procedures for doing this can be found on the State of Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Website (see link at http://dpi.wi.gov/open-enrollment ). Please note on your application a request for MG21, The Monona Grove Liberal Arts Charter School for the 21st Century.

All students who would like consideration for MG21 must also complete the MG21 Application. Students who apply via open enrollment and are accepted to the district may be placed at another MGSD school if there is not a spot available at MG21.


The Monona Grove Liberal Arts Charter School for the 21st Century will not deny admission or participation in any program or activity on the basis of a person’s sex, race, religion, national origin, ancestry, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability. Application to and attendance at the Monona Grove Liberal Arts Charter School for the 21st Century is completely voluntary. There is no tuition to enroll in the Monona Grove Liberal Arts Charter School for the 21st Century.