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Homeschooling in Wisconsin

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Read this article to learn how to homeschool your child in Wisconsin. Find out more about homeschool laws in this state and get access to helpful educational resources.

How Do I Start Homeschooling in Wisconsin?

The state of Wisconsin doesn't require you to complete any formal education in order to homeschool your child. You simply need to complete and file an online Homeschool Enrollment Form through the website for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (www.dpi.wi.gov). This form must be completed every year that you homeschool your child between the ages of 6-18. It has to be submitted by October 15th, or on the day that you withdraw your child from public school.

What Do I Teach?

There is no set homeschooling curriculum in Wisconsin, however, you must provide instruction in:

  • Language arts and reading
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social studies
  • Health

Study.com offers a wide variety of homeschool courses that can provide your child with a fun, easy way to learn more about different subjects. These courses are available for a range of grade levels, allowing you to pick the options that work best for you. Younger children can take advantage of these science, social studies, math and language arts courses to get educational help designed to meet their needs.

Your child must study for at least 875 hours over the course of a school year.

Keep in mind that Wisconsin doesn't require any standardized testing of your child. You are not required to submit any proof of academic achievement. However, it may be a good idea to keep attendance records, transcripts and examples of your child's educational progress, as future employers or institutions of higher education may require these records.

How Can My Child Participate in Public School Activities?

Wisconsin allows homeschoolers to take part in extracurricular and sporting activities offered by public schools. There may be fees associated with these activities.

Homeschooled children can also take up to 2 classes per semester at a public school in your district if there is space available.

What about Online Schools?

Some school districts in Wisconsin offer virtual charter schools, where children can work from home. If you use this option to educate your child, he or she will not be technically homeschooled. This type of school is a public school, just offering classes online.

There are also private online schools, or educational programs offered out-of-state. If your child participates in one of these programs, he or she will be considered homeschooled.

Will My Child Receive a High School Diploma?

Wisconsin doesn't offer diplomas for homeschooled students. You can create your own if you wish, though it is not required for potential employers or schools to accept the document. Homeschooled students have the option to complete the GED in order to earn a certificate in this state, though Wisconsin doesn't consider this equal to a high school equivalency diploma.

You child can work on this GED Prep Course if he or she is interested in pursuing this option. This course includes information about each section of the GED and provides short quizzes that allow students to gauge their readiness for the exam.

Your child can also work towards a Wisconsin High School Equivalency Diploma. There are several options available for those interested in obtaining this diploma. The guidelines can be found on the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's website.

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