As a Wisconsin homeschooler, you are required to file the PI-1206 Homeschool Enrollment Report with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) every year you are homeschooling children age 6-18, and it should be updated whenever your homeschool enrollment situation changes.
Filing the PI-1206 correctly, giving no more information than is required, and doing it at the appropriate time helps protect our great homeschooling law in Wisconsin.
Please use the interactive tool in the yellow box below to determine if and when you need to file the PI-1206. Then, scroll down for detailed information about HOW to file.
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Once you have determined if and when to file the PI-1206, please read ALL of the following information to ensure you understand your rights and responsibilities with regard to the PI-1206 form itself.
As a Wisconsin homeschooler, you are required to file the PI-1206 Homeschool Enrollment Report with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) every year you are homeschooling children age 6-18, and it should be updated whenever your homeschool enrollment situation changes. Only homeschoolers are required to file the PI-1206 form; if your child is enrolled in any public, private, or tribal school, including virtual charter schools, they are not homeschooling under Wisconsin law. You are not legally homeschooling if you have not filed the PI-1206 by October 15th, or by the first day you begin homeschooling mid-year.
Before You File
- In filing the form, you are simply REPORTING the enrollment in your homeschool. Wisconsin statutes require all public and private schools, including homeschools, to report to the DPI their enrollment numbers as of the third Friday in September. You are NOT requesting permission to homeschool, filing a letter of intent, or seeking approval for your curriculum, nor are you required to do these things.
- You are required to update your PI-1206 form if your contact information or the number of children you are homeschooling changes. Save an additional copy of the form each time you make changes.
- Save a copy of every PI-1206 form for your own records. This is an official document that shows that you are legally homeschooling your child(ren).
- In order to access the enrollment reporting system along with electronic versions of your PI-1206 forms, create a username and password that you will remember. (You are not required to use your email address if you do not wish to.)
- Only online forms are accepted by the DPI.
- Always keep copies of your completed PI-1206 form for each year that you filed one, as proof of your compliance with Wisconsin statutes regarding homeschooling. Do not depend on the DPI website to do it for you. The DPI only keeps records for 7 years.
- For accurate information about homeschooling and Wisconsin’s homeschooling law, please read this website thoroughly and bookmark it for easy reference in the future. Use the Search box in the right column to find specific information.
- If you are homeschooling in Wisconsin, please join WPA. Your membership helps support all Wisconsin homeschoolers, preserve our homeschooling freedoms, and keep your family up-to-date with all the latest, accurate homeschooling information.
When to File the Form
- Do not file a PI-1206 form until the school year in which your child is six years old on or before September 1st, in accordance with Wisconsin’s Compulsory Attendance Law. (Read more about homeschooling after age 18.)
- File your PI-1206 form between the third Friday in September and October 15th.
Why that date range? The third Friday in September is the date all private schools in Wisconsin take attendance in their schools in order to report those numbers to the DPI. That report is due by October 15th. The PI-1206 is a report of enrollment for a type of private school in Wisconsin, a homeschool.
- If you filed the PI-1206 last year and you have another child who has reached the age of compulsory attendance this year, file between the third Friday in September and October 15th, as usual. You must file a new PI-1206 form every year that you are homeschooling your child(ren) age 6-18.
- If you remove your child(ren) from your homeschool and enroll your child(ren) in public, private, or tribal school:
- Log into the HOMER system and change the number of students to accurately reflect the number of students you are homeschooling.
- If you move AWAY from Wisconsin:
- Log into the HOMER system and change the number of students to “0”.
- The only exceptions to filing between the third Friday of September and October 15:
- Beginning to homeschool in the middle of the public school calendar year. If you begin homeschooling a child any time after the public school year begins, file the PI-1206 immediately, regardless of date. After filing your PI-1206, make sure to dis-enroll your child from their public, private, or tribal school.
- Moving to Wisconsin in the middle of the public school calendar year. If you move to Wisconsin and plan to homeschool rather than enrolling your child in a public or private school, file the PI-1206 immediately regardless of date.
How To File the PI-1206 Form
STEP 1: Go to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) website. Only online forms are accepted by the DPI.
STEP 2: Follow the instructions on the DPI website to use report your homeschool’s enrollment information via HOMER.
Create a username and password that are easy to remember. You will need your username and password to log back into the enrollment reporting system to print additional copies of your PI-1206 or to update your contact information or the number of children in your homeschool.
STEP 3: When you have filed your form, print a copy for your records (and also generate an electronic copy in PDF format).
STEP 4: Return here and scroll down to read “What To Do After You Have Filed Your Form.”
For printable, detailed, step-by-step instructions
for using the HOMER system, click here.
For a sample completed PI-1206 form from a previous year, click here.
What To Do After You Have Filed Your Form
Understand your rights and the limits on what school officials can demand.
Near the bottom of the PI-1206 it says:
“Recommendations: It is recommended that a copy of the following be maintained in your home if you are homeschooling children:
- A school calendar verifying a minimum of 875 hours of instruction.
- Course outlines verifying that there exists a sequentially progressive curriculum of fundamental instruction.
- A copy of this PDF.”
This statement has appeared on PI-1206 forms since 1984. Remember that the DPI does NOT have the authority to require that you keep either a school calendar or course outlines, and local school district officials do NOT have the authority to ask you for them. (Officials do have the authority to ask to see your attendance records, but only to prove compliance with the compulsory attendance law.) If an official asks to see your school calendar or course outlines, politely respond that they do not have the authority to make such a request. If you need more help, contact our Question Answering Committee.
If your child was enrolled in a public, private, or tribal school, WPA recommends that you write a letter to the enrollment official at the school as a courtesy (using the sample letters below as a starting point if you wish), to:
- Inform them that your child will no longer be attending that school.
- Ask that your child be removed from the school’s attendance rolls.
- Request that they confirm in writing when this has been completed.
Keep a copy of the confirmation you receive from the school for your records along with your PI-1206 forms.
Keep copies of every PI-1206 that you file or modify. Copies are sometimes required by school officials, employers, colleges, Social Security officials, military recruiters, and others. However, if you need another copy of the PI-1206 form you filed for the current school year, you can sign into the HOMER system using the username and password you created. On the next page, which says “Review Sign-In Data,” you will now see a box that says, “Click here to reprint your current PI-1206 Homeschool Report data.” The DPI only keeps PI-1206 forms for seven years.
Update your form when necessary. If your name, contact information, or the number of children you are homeschooling changes, update your PI-1206 form. To do so, sign in to the HOMER system and press the “Continue” button until you get to the page that has the information you want to change. Delete the old information and enter the correct information. Complete the process of filing your form and print a copy for your records.