WISCONSIN'S HOME SCHOOL LAW
In Wisconsin, the applicable Home School Statute is Wis. Stat. Ann. 118.15 (4), 118.165 (c).
Compulsory Attendance Ages: "between the ages of 6 and 18 years." (6 years old by September 1-- 118.14)
Required days of instruction: "at least 875 hours of instruction each school year." [Wis. Stat. Ann. 118.15 (4); 118.165 (d)]
Teacher qualifications: None required.
Standardized tests: None required.
Definition: A "home-based private educational program" is 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 is not a home-based private educational program. [Wis. Stat. Ann. 115.001 (g)]
By October 15 each year the parents must submit a statement of enrollment to the Department of Education, indicating whether the home school meets all the requirements under Wis. Stat. Ann. 118.165. [Wisc. Stat. Ann. 115.30 (3)]
"Instruction in a home-based private educational program that meets all the criteria under 118.165 (1) may be substituted for attendance at a public or private school. [118.14 (4)]
The 118.165 (1) criteria are as follows:
1. "primary purpose of the program is to provide private or religious-based education,"
2. "the program is privately controlled,"
3. the program provides at least 875 hours of instruction,
4. the program "provides a sequentially progressive curriculum of fundamental instruction" in the required subjects (which"does not require the program to include in its curriculum any concept, topic, or practice in conflict with the program's religious doctrines," or exclude any such topic), and
5. the program is not operated to circumvent the compulsory attendance law.
The State Department of Instruction now accepts the
Form PI-1206 online only.
To access the WI. Dept. of Public Instruction website where you can fill out the
Form PI-1206, and more, please click on the link below.