MADISON, Wis. -

Wisconsin’s public school open enrollment application period will start in February for the 2014-15 school year, according to a release.

The program allows parents an opportunity to send their children to any public school district in the state, officials said. The enrollment period runs from Feb. 3 to April 30.

Children in the state are usually assigned to public school districts based on the location of their parents’ home, according to the release. The open enrollment application period is the only tuition-free opportunity for most parents to apply for their children to attend a public school in a school district other than the one they live in.

The program is an inter-district choice program that started in the 1998-99 school year, according to the release. Wisconsin is among 12 states with inter-district open enrollment.

“Wisconsin is among a number of states nationwide that offer public school open enrollment across school districts. The state’s long-running program supports parental involvement and shared responsibility for educating children,” State Superintendent Tony Evers said in the release.

Officials encourage parents to apply online and to note that application deadlines are firm.

Districts will notify parents by June 6 whether their open enrollment applications have been approved or denied, according to the release.