[Experienced Homeschoolers: DPI HOMER Site]
- What is the PI-1206 Homeschool Report?
The PI-1206 Homeschool Report is a two-part form, created and administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Section I is a statement of enrollment in your homeschool (Home-Based Private Education Program (HBPEP)) on the third Friday in September. Section II is an affirmation that your homeschool meets all the statutory requirements under Wisconsin law. Click here to see a sample PI-1206 Homeschool Report.
- Do I need to file the PI-1206 Homeschool Report?
All homeschooling parents / guardians in Wisconsin must properly submit this form to the DPI every year that they are homeschooling.
- What is the law related to the PI-1206 Homeschool Report?
Two important laws related to homeschooling in Wisconsin require filing the PI-1206 Homeschool Report every year: a compulsory attendance law, and a law requiring a statement of enrollment.
Wis Stat 118.15 is Wisconsin’s compulsory attendance law. It states that all children between the ages of 6 and 18 years of age must attend school. It includes an exception for all students receiving instruction in a HBPEP, or homeschool.
- Except as provided under pars. (b) to (d) and (g) and sub. (4), unless the child is excused under sub. (3) or has graduated from high school, any person having under control a child who is between the ages of 6 and 18 years shall cause the child to attend school regularly during the full period and hours, religious holidays excepted, that the public, private, or tribal school in which the child should be enrolled is in session until the end of the school term, quarter or semester of the school year in which the child becomes 18 years of age. (Wis Stat 118.15(1)(a))
- Instruction in a home-based private educational program that meets all of the criteria under s. 118.165(1) may be substituted for attendance at a public or private school. (Wis Stat 118.15(4))
Wis Stat 115.30 (3) is Wisconsin’s law related to creation and filing of school enrollment forms.
- On or before each October 15, each administrator of a public or private school system or a home-based private educational program shall submit, on forms provided by the department, a statement of the enrollment on the 3rd Friday in September in the elementary and high school grades under his or her jurisdiction to the department which shall prepare such reports as will enable the public and private schools and home-based private educational programs to make projections regarding school buildings, teacher supply and funds required. The administrator of each private school system and home-based private educational program shall indicate in his or her report whether the system or program meets all of the criteria under s. 118.165(1). (WI stat 115.30(3))
This Statute says:
The DPI must provide a form for homeschoolers to report their enrollment. The form must include two parts: a statement of enrollment on the third Friday in September of all children ages 6-18, and an indication of whether the homeschool meets the requirements under Wisconsin law.
The PI-1206 Homeschool Report must be filed on or before October 15.
The filing of this form fulfills all Wisconsin homeschoolers’ duties to the DPI.
- When should I file the PI-1206 Homeschool Report?
File the PI-1206 Homeschool Report between the third Friday in September and October 15th.
The law states that you must file the PI-1206 Homeschool Report on or before October 15th, or as soon as you begin homeschooling if you begin after October 15th.
The law states that the PI-1206 Homeschool Report is a report of enrollment in your homeschool on the third Friday in September. WHPA believes this specific statutory date means you should file the report only on or after the third Friday in September.
If you begin homeschooling after October 15, you must file the PI-1206 Homeschool Report immediately, before you can start homeschooling.
- How do I file the PI-1206 Homeschool Report? STEP 1: The form must be filed online. Go to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) website. STEP 2: Follow the instructions on the DPI website to report your homeschool’s enrollment information, and affirm that your homeschool is meeting the requirements of the law, using the HOMER system. Create a username and password. (You are not required to use your email address if you do not wish to use it.) You will need your username and password to log back in 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 of your PI-1206 Homeschool Report for your records, and save an electronic copy.
- What else should I know about the PI-1206 Homeschool Report?
The DPI only keeps copies for seven years.
It is incumbent on homeschooling parents to maintain copies of their properly filed PI-1206 Homeschool Report for each child for every year.
Update forms as needed
If you add or withdraw a child in your homeschool, return to the DPI HOMER link, and edit your form appropriately.
If you move or your contact information changes, return to the DPI HOMER link, and edit your form appropriately.
If you move away from Wisconsin, return to the DPI HOMER link, and change the number of students to zero.
WHPA provides information about homeschooling in Wisconsin. WHPA does not provide specific legal advice to any specific individuals in the context of any specific matters. It is the responsibility of each homeschool administrator/parent or guardian to read original source material and make decisions about compliance for themselves.
Last Updated on 08/12/23