The majority of the 400+ school districts in the state don’t have a detailed, up-to-date map showing their exact boundaries in a digital format. They typically maintain the location of their school district boundaries using hard copy maps and/or some other format the district deems appropriate.
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) manages the statewide school district boundary layer, and is the best available in the state. The data are not intended to be official or authoritative. The level of accuracy does not support detailed local analysis. Always consult the local school district. Geographic results of the DPI School District Boundary Appeal Board (SDBAB) process are eventually incorporated into the DPI school district boundary layer.
Some local governments maintain school district boundary data that are developed from tax parcel information. However, this is not universal across the state. Check for locally-produced data first if your area of interest is limited to a single city or county.
The U.S. Census Bureau’s Geography Division receives school district boundary updates every-other-year from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction as part of their School District Review Program. Because the boundary data are collected every two years, the most current boundaries may not be reflected in the Census dataset. Always consult the school district for detailed boundary questions.
If you are having trouble locating school district boundary data in Wisconsin or need further help, please contact us via e-Mail or at (608) 262-3065.
Last updated: June 28, 2018