This is a change in Washington County. KML is the first private high school in the county to enter the school choice program. This is their sophomore year in the program.
Starting Feb. 1, Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School will begin accepting School Choice applications for the 2016-2017 school year.
The Wisconsin Parental Choice Program allows families to receive a voucher from the state in order to pay for their child’s high school education. The qualifications of this program are based on financial need and residency in Wisconsin.
Jamie Luehring, principal at KML, explained the reasoning behind the school becoming involved in the program.
“We believe every child and family who desires a strong Christian education should be able to choose KML as their school,” he said. “Their income should not disqualify them from having that chance.”
As school choice expands in the state, it will be interesting to see the impact. Unlike the older Milwaukee and Racine programs where a very high percentage of the students qualify for vouchers and almost all of the student body is composed of choice kids in some schools, Washington County is more affluent and KML has been a private, self-sufficient school for 40 years. I doubt that choice kids will ever make up a majority of the student body, but school choice does allow some kids to attend it who previously couldn’t afford it.