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Wisconsin Requirements for Homeschoolers & Clarification for Homeschool Extra-Curricular Activities

In Wisconsin, we must file Form PI-1206 with the Department of Public Instruction, not asking for permission, but informing them that we are instructing our children at home. This form attests that we are not circumventing the school attendance laws and are providing at least 875 hours of instruction per year, covering at least reading, language arts, math, social studies, science and health.

This is the only requirement in the Wisconsin Laws for homeschoolers, although it is recommended, but not required, that you maintain an attendance record for your homeschool.

To request the Form PI-1206, call 1-888-245-2732, extension 1,  or write to: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Bureau for School Management Services and Federal Aids 125 S. Webster St. P.O.Box 7841 Madison, WI 53707-7841
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Form PI-1206


According to DPI Form PI -1206, Wisconsin homeschool law, section 115.001(3g) states: " 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."

What does this mean to your homeschool? Field trips, workshops, enrichment activities or any other activity where instruction is given to more than one family unit at the same time does not constitute a home-based private educational program. The hours spent participating in these activities are considered extra-curricular and cannot be recorded as part of your required 875 instructional hours each year. However, you may use these extra curricular activities as part of your "home-based private educational program" if the parent, guardian, or designated person is present at the activity and  responsible for the instruction of the children in a single family unit. You may also add these hours of extra curricular activity to a high school transcript for grades 9 -12.

NOTE OF DISCLAIMER: The workshops, field trips or enrichment activities listed in the FISH Network Newsletters or on the FISH Web Site have not been individually evaluated by the network Advisory Team to determine if they can be offered as extra-curricular or legitimate instructional hours. Please consider the above paragraphs when you evaluate what experiences you will record as part of your "home-based private educational program".