HOME SCHOOL ASSOCIATIONS
Wisconsin CHEA (Christian Home Educators)
P.O. Box 320458
Franklin, WI 53132
Phone: (414) 425-6327
WPA (Wisconsin Parents Association)
P.O. Box 2502
Madison, WI 53701
GLOBAL LEGAL REPRESENTATION & SUPPORT
HSLDA (Homeschool Legal Defense Association)
P.O. Box 3000
Purcellville, VA 20132
Phone: (540) 338-5600
Fax: (540) 338-5600
HSLDA was founded in 1983, by two Homeschooling dads who happened to be lawyers. Since then the organization has grown to a bank of attorneys prepared to “advance and defend the constitutional rights of parents to direct the education of their children and family freedoms”. HSLDA provides you a membership second to none in legal support, 24/7 protection, up-to-date Homeschool news, peace of mind and valued educational information. It is a positive step to become a member of this organization. Applications are available through Homeschool America or you can contact HSLDA.
HOME-BASED PRIVATE EDUCATION REPORTING PROGRAM (HOMER)
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Attn: Diane Sullivan
125 S. Webster Street – P.O. Box 7841
Madison, WI 53737-7841
Phone: (608) 267-9248
Toll Free: 888-245-2732, Extension 6
It is now required by the State of Wisconsin that PI-1206 Homeschool Reports are to be filled out online, rather than using paper forms. This form is only a reporting tool stating you are Homeschooling.
According to Wisconsin Statute 115.30(3), the PI-1206 Homeschool Report is to be annually submitted for each school year. They begin accepting PI-1206 Reports mid-August and require them to be completed on or before October 15 th. Your child will be considered officially enrolled in the home-based program on the date you complete and electronically “submit” the online report.
AGE REQUIREMENTS . Wisconsin’s compulsory school attendance law requires students between the ages of 6 and 18 to enroll.
Wisconsin public school districts are required to offer a half-day kindergarten program for (5) five year olds. However, attending a kindergarten is at the discresion of the parent or guardian. The state law specifies that a child cannot be admitted into the first grade for the school year unless he or she is 6 years old on or before September first of that school year. If the child is 6 years old before September first, you will need to include him or her in your PI-1206 Homeschool Report. If your child turns 6 years old after September first, you do not need to include the child in the (HOMER) report for that school year.
DISTANCE SCHOOLS . Out-of-state or privately operated correspondence or virtual school programs are considered as enrollment in a home-based private educational program. An online PI-1206 Homeschool Report must be submitted for these students.
VIRTUAL SCHOOLS . Wisconsin Virtual Charter School students registered in your resident school district under the open enrollment program are automatically considered Public School Students. Parents do not need to file a PI-1206 Homeschool Report.
WITHDRAWAL . If you withdraw your child from a public or private school after October 15, a PI-1206 Homeschool Report should be submitted before withdrawal or when your child is withdrawn to update attendance reports and to prevent truancy reports.
CURRICULUM . Wisconsin Statute sec. 118.165(1) requires that a fundamental progressive instruction program provide 875 hours per year and include six subjects: reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies, science and health. These curriculum requirements do not require the program to include in its curriculum any concept, topic or practice that will be in conflict with your programs religious doctrines or to exclude from the curriculum any concept, topic or practice consistent with the programs religious doctrines.
ASSOCIATION . The home-based private educational program is not connected to the public school system and NO financial aid is available from either the local school district or from the state.