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Wisconsin Homeschooling Laws

Wisconsin homeschooling laws and requirements

Wisconsin homeschooling laws and requirements to homeschool in Wisconsin. Wisconsin homeschooling laws. Ways to homeschool legally within Wisconsin.

*This is not intended to be legal advice and is distributed for information purposes only. Confirm these laws and instructions on the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction website.

Compulsory attendance – the age of six (6) and eighteen (18)

Documentation: On or before October 15, each administrator of a home-based private education program is asked to submit, on form PI-1206, provided by the Department of Public Instruction, a statement of the home school’s enrollment as of the third Friday of September. Be aware that this is not a registration process, but merely an affidavit that attests that the criteria of s. 118.165 (listed below) has been met.

 

Wisconsin Code References

118.15 Compulsory school attendance.  118.15(1)
(1)  118.15(1)(a)
(a)  Except as provided under pars. (b) to (d) and (g) and sub. (4), unless the child is excused under sub. (3) or has graduated from high school, any person having under control a child who is between the ages of 6 and 18 years shall cause the child to attend school regularly during the full period and hours, religious holidays excepted, that the public, private, or tribal school in which the child should be enrolled is in session until the end of the school term, quarter or semester of the school year in which the child becomes 18 years of age.

115.001(3g)(3g) Home-based private educational program.  “Home-based private educational program” means a program of educational instruction provided to a child by the child’s parent or guardian or by a person designated by the parent or guardian. An instructional program provided to more than one family unit does not constitute a home-based private educational program.

118.15(4) (4) Instruction in a home-based private educational program that meets all of the criteria under s. 118.165 (1) may be substituted for attendance at a public or private school.

118.165 Private schools.  118.165(1)
(1) An institution is a private school if its educational program meets all of the following criteria:

118.165(1)(a)
(a)  The primary purpose of the program is to provide private or religious-based education.

118.165(1)(b)
(b)  The program is privately controlled.

118.165(1)(c)
(c)  The program provides at least 875 hours of instruction each school year.

118.165(1)(d)
(d)  The program provides a sequentially progressive curriculum of fundamental instruction in reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies, science and health.  This subsection does not require the program to include in its curriculum any concept, topic or practice in conflict with the program’s religious doctrines or to exclude from its curriculum any concept, topic or practice consistent with the program’s religious doctrines.

118.165(1)(e)
(e)  The program is not operated or instituted for the purpose of avoiding or circumventing the compulsory school attendance requirement under s. 118.15 (1) (a) and (am).

118.165(1)(f)
(f)  The pupils in the institution’s educational program, in the ordinary course of events, return annually to the homes of their parents or guardians for not less than 2 months of summer vacation, or the institution is licensed as a child welfare agency under s. 48.60 (1).

Other Resources

Home-Based Private Educational Program
The Department of Public Instruction does not provide personal consultation and technical assistance regarding home-based private educational programs. The home-based private educational program telephone numbers, 608-266-5761 or toll free 1-888-245-2732, ext. 1, are available for requests of form PI-1206 and additional general home-based private educational program information.

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