Early Identification Program

Mission: To provide disadvantaged students with the necessary knowledge and skills in their academic preparation focusing on postsecondary education as an option for the future. EIP strives to increase student high school graduation rates and college entrance. The program focuses on academic enrichment, academic skill building, career exploration, or a combination of the three, and provides an opportunity to help life's choices unfold for students who might otherwise remain unaware or unsure of their abilities and talents.

Participation: Students are selected from all academic levels (high potential, marginal, and probationary groups) at grades 8 through 12. Counselors help students identify potential academic difficulties before they arise. Focus is on scholastic preparation and achievement, early parental involvement, and curriculum guidance. Minority and disadvantaged students selected for EIP are involved for 4 to 5 years and receive individual counseling and support through high school.

Services include:

  • Career orientation programs where students learn about career decision making. Activities include career exploration, student workshops, and college visitations.
  • Academic planning and counseling, financial aid application assistance, high school preparation, college admission services and consideration for Talent Incentive Program (TIP) grants.
  • Information about financial aid availability, precollege programs, scholarships, assistance with the postsecondary application process, financial aid, and residence requirements.
  • Partners with middle and secondary schools enrolling EIP students.

Assists parents: In helping students make the most of their education and plan for the future by:

  • One-on-one parental meetings to discuss the student's educational program and career aspirations
  • Small group discussions:
    • on working effectively with schools to monitor the student's educational progress.
    • for improving and developing the student's home study habits.
    • Facilitating the student's entry into precollege programs.

Partners with: WEOP counselors assisting schools through:

  • Identification of external resources to assist schools in solving EIP students' problems.
  • Serving as an evaluative source for schools in determining whether EIP students are receiving the educational results that the school desires.
  • Providing opportunities for part-time work and out-of-class learning experiences for EIP students.
  • Developing and coordinating inservice training programs for school personnel in such areas as the availability of financial aid and academic support services for postsecondary training.
  • Working with schools to insure student follow-up in scheduling and registering for courses that are consistent with their career goals.
  • Serving as a monitor of student progress.

DPI-WEOP Student Application:

WEOP has seven statewide offices: Ashland, Eau Claire, Green Bay, Madison, Milwaukee, Racine and Wausau.