Kindergarten

NOTE: You cannot file the PI-1206 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.

If you are planning to place your child in a public school for first grade, you should contact your local school to find out what the requirements will be. 2009 WI Act 41, passed in 2009 requires children who attend a public school for first grade to have completed a kindergarten program, but the legislation requires 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, contact your local school district for details. If you are planning to continue homeschooling, this is not a requirement for entry in a public school for any subsequent grade.

If you plan to homeschool for kindergarten and first grade, there are no additional requirements for kindergarten. File your PI-1206 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 However, once your child is enrolled your child will be truant if he/she does not attend and you have not officially withdrawn your child from the school. You cannot file a PI-1206 until your child is age 6 on or before September 1st of the current school year. Therefore you cannot file a PI-1206 to comply with compulsory attendance laws if you remove a child from public school kindergarten.

If you remove a child from public school kindergarten, WPA recommends writing a letter stating that your child will no longer be attending and asking that they be removed from the attendance rolls.  Having the principal sign your letter or send you something in writing confirming that your child has been removed from the attendance rolls is recommended.  You may be asked to sign a withdrawal form.  Since you cannot file a PI-1206 (until the year your child is age 6 on or before September 1), it may be necessary to sign the withdrawal form to avoid truancy charges.

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 the year that your child turns 6 by September 1st.


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 requires 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, contact your local school district for details. If you are planning to continue homeschooling, completing a kindergarten program is not a requirement for entry in a public school for any subsequent grade.

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