WIOA Title I-A & I-B Policy & Procedure Manual
Ch. 10) Youth Program

10.3 Youth Program Eligibility



10.3.4 Definition of School

Effective date: August 2, 2018

State law for secondary and post-secondary institutions defines "school."1

Wisconsin statutes define "secondary school" as covering grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 and being:

  • a public school;
  • a private school;
  • a charter school;
  • a home-based private educational program which means that the individual's parent, guardian, or a person designated by the parent or guardian provides the instruction to the individual (an instructional program provided to more than one family unit does not count);
  • a tribal school; or
  • an alternative education program which includes an instructional program approved by the school board that replaces regularly scheduled curricular programs with alternative or adaptive school structures and teaching techniques.2

Wisconsin statutes do not define "post-secondary school." DWD-DET adopts WIOA's definition. As such, "post-secondary school" means education outside of the K-12 grades and is one of the following:

  • an institution of higher education that provides not less than a 2-year program of instruction that can be used as credit toward a bachelor's degree;
  • a tribally controlled college or university;
  • a nonprofit educational institution offering a certificate;or
  • a nonprofit educational institution offering a registered apprenticeship program.3

Schools that meet the above criteria may be virtual or brick and mortar establishments.


Under WIOA, the following programs are not considered schools:

Note: YouthBuild programs with education components funded by the public K-12 school system are an exception to the above rule. Youth who attend such YouthBuild programs and are receiving GED/HSED instruction should be classified as ISY.5




Dropout Re-engagement Programs

Effective date: August 2, 2018

Dropout re-engagement programs, also known as dropout recovery programs, conduct active outreach to encourage OSY to return to school and assist them in resuming their education and/or training to become career ready. Programs may provide case management and other services to support OSY in overcoming barriers that prevent them from returning to school or work.
TEGL 21-16, p. 3



High School Equivalency (HSE) Programs

Effective date: August 2, 2018

HSE programs offer preparation for and the taking of tests which lead to a high school equivalency degree.
TEGL 21-16, p. 3