Kindergarten

NOTE: You cannot file the PI-1206 Homeschool Report before your child is age 6 on or before September 1st of the current year.

Can I homeschool for kindergarten?

Yes. Due to legislation passed in 2009, the situation with kindergarten and first grade is complicated. Please read this entire section carefully.

Wisconsin law and 1st grade enrollment

A law passed in 2009 (2009 WI Act 41) requires children who attend a public school for first grade to have completed a kindergarten program. The legislation also states that each school board “shall establish procedures, conditions, and standards for exempting a child from the requirement that the child complete kindergarten as a prerequisite to enrollment in the first grade.” If you are planning to send your child to public school for first grade, obtain a copy of your school district’s written policy and read it carefully and completely to learn their requirements for obtaining an exemption. If you are planning to continue homeschooling after kindergarten, completing a kindergarten program is not a requirement for entry in a public school for any subsequent grade.

Homeschooling for Kindergarten

You can homeschool your child for kindergarten. If you are planning to eventually enroll your child in a public school for first grade, you should obtain a copy of your school district’s written policy to find out what the requirements will be. 2009 WI Act 41 requires children who attend a public school for first grade to have completed a kindergarten program, and the legislation states that each school board “shall establish procedures, conditions, and standards for exempting a child from the requirement that the child complete kindergarten as a prerequisite to enrollment in the first grade.” So if you are planning to send your child to public school for first grade, read your school district’s written policy carefully and completely to learn their requirements for obtaining an exemption. If you are planning to continue homeschooling, this is not a requirement for entry in a public school for any subsequent grade. If you homeschool for kindergarten AND first grade, your child may transfer into public school for second grade or any higher grade with no regard to whether or not they attended institutional kindergarten (Wis Stat 118.33(6)(cm)).

File your PI-1206 Homeschool Report when your child is age 6 on or before September 1st of the current year.

Removing a child from public school kindergarten

Kindergarten is not mandatory in Wisconsin. However, once your child is enrolled, your child is required to attend school regularly (Wis Stat 118.15(1)(am)). The statute is unclear as to whether or not 5-year olds may be subject to the truancy process if they do not attend school regularly. If you choose to remove a child from public school kindergarten, WHPA recommends that you notify the school district that you are withdrawing your child from the school, by writing a letter stating your child will no longer be attending, and asking that they be removed from the attendance rolls. It is wise to ask for a response in writing, confirming that your child has been removed from the attendance rolls. You may be asked to sign a withdrawal form. The law does not require that you do so.

When do I have to file for homeschooling?

Compulsory attendance in Wisconsin is required from ages 6 through 18. So, if you are homeschooling, you must file the PI-1206 Homeschool Report the year that your child turns 6 by September 1st.

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Last Updated on 07/22/21

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