Wisconsin State Homeschool Regulations

ONLINE FORM to Register for Homeschooling:

  1. If you have been homeschooling your children the previous year, you will get a letter in the mail stating the website and procedures for filing on line. As in the past Wisconsin Parent Association (WPA) recommends not filing the electronic form until October. Please do not forget to print a copy for your records.

Recommendation for when to electronically file According to WPA. You should wait until October to file, here is what the WPA says about filing DPI form in their guide: Homeschooling in Wisconsin: at home with learning (sixth revised edition):

"If, like most homeschooling families, you have not enrolled your children in a public school or a private school that is not a homeschool for the current academic year, you should not electronically file until early October, on or before October 15.

WPA encourages you not to electronically file the form before October for two reasons. First, public and other private schools in Wisconsin base their reports on enrollment as of the third Friday in September and file their forms on October 15. Since homeschools are private schools, we follow this requirement. Doing so reminds school officials that we are sending the form to report enrollment. Second, complying with more than the minimum requirements of the law encourages public officials to increase requirements and exceed their legal authority. School officials sometimes pressure homeschoolers who have not enrolled their children in a public school for the current academic year to file the form before October 15. The date on which one files the form may seem like a small point, but waiting until early October sets a pattern of taking responsibility for complying with the law since the primary purpose of the form is to report school enrollment as of the third Friday in September."For more detailed information about home school legislation and issues please visit WPA's website.


Compulsory Attendance Ages: “between the ages of 6 to 18 years.” (6 by September 1, § 118.14) West‟s Wisconsin Statutes Annotated § 118.15.

Required Days of Instruction: “at least 875 hours of instruction each school year.” Wis. Stat. Ann. § 118.15(4), § 118.165(c).

Required Subjects: Reading, language arts, math, social studies, science, and health. Wis. Stat. Ann. § 118.165(d).

Home School Statute: Wis. Stat. Ann. § 118.15(4), § 118.165(1).

1. 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(3g). However, a homeschooling parent can be “a person designated” by another parent to do the teaching for their student. In this case, however, the parents should still file a statement of enrollment (see #2 below) for their own children.

2. By October 15 each year the parents must submit a statement of enrollment to the Department of Public Instruction, indicating whether the home school meets all the requirements under Wis. Stat. Ann. § 118.165. Wis. Stat. Ann. § 115.30(3). Parents must use the PI-1206 Home-Based Private Educational Program Registration three-part form supplied by the Department of Public Instruction.

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

a. “primary purpose of the program is to provide private or religious-based education,”

b. “the program is privately controlled,”

c. the program provides at least 875 hours of instruction,

d. 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 the program is not operated to circumvent the compulsory attendance law.

High School Requirements for Graduation:

How do homeschoolers get high school diplomas?

Because homeschools are private schools, they can award diplomas the same way other private schools do. Families decide what requirements must be met for graduation and award a diploma to young people who meet them. A young person with a homeschool diploma can check “Yes” on an employment application that asks, “Do you have a high school diploma?” Colleges do not expect homeschooled applicants to have conventional public high school diplomas. For more details, see the WPA handbook.

HSLDA’s Homeschooling thru High School Website gives all kinds of high school information. They can help you develop a plan and set goals for high school and after. They are there to help! Members may contact HSLDA’s high school consultants for personal consultation. The free monthly high school email newsletter, covers topics of interest for those teaching high school at home. To subscribe or to view back issues of the newsletter go to the archives on our high school website homepage. In addition, HSLDA’s magazine, Court Report, includes a high school-related article in each issue.

For Professional High School Diplomas.

For Professional transcripts I can help you with the documents. You can just contact me on Facebook. You can also use online tracking for high school courses from HSLDA.

Important Note: For every 120 hours for each credit (60 hours for .5) for self created unit studies in high school.

Important Note: State Graduation requirements listed below are not necessarily the best guideline for homeschoolers to use. They have been included here as a guideline for what a typical public school student would need to complete in order to graduate.

Wisconsin State High School Graduation Requirements

  • English units: 4

  • Math units: 2. Must include "instruction in the properties, processes, and symbols of arithmetic and elements of algebra, geometry, and statistics."

  • Social studies units: 3. Must include instruction in state and local government.

  • Science units: 2. Must include "instruction in the biological sciences and physical sciences."

  • P.E./Health units: 2. Includes 1.5 units p.e. and .5 unit health. .5 unit in health education must be earned sometime in grades 7-12.

  • Arts: 0

  • Foreign language: 0

  • Electives units: 0

  • Other units: 0. A local board may require students to "participate in community service activities" to earn a high school diploma.

TOTAL # units: 13 units

* 13 units includes .5 unit of health education which must be earned sometime in grades 7-12. In addition to the 12.5 units set forth to be earned during grades 9-12, "the state superintendent encourages boards to require a minimum of 8.5 additional credits in vocational education, foreign languages, fine arts and other courses" (for a total of 21 units, or 21.5, including the health unit to be completed between grades 7-12).

UW Milwaukee New Freshman Guidelines:

1. You have graduated from a recognized high school, or the equivalent.

We encourage you to contact the Admissions Office for information regarding options for students who are home-schooled, have completed a high school equivalency program, or have other non-standard credentials. 414-229-1122

2. You have completed at least 17 credits (1 credit = 1 year) of required high school courses, as follows:



Lastly, if you are not from Wisconsin here

is a site with all the different state laws for your reference.


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