PI-1206 Homeschool Enrollment Report (HOMER) 2018-2019

Kindergarten FAQs

Can I enroll my child in a home-based private educational program for kindergarten?

Wisconsin public school districts are required to offer a half-day kindergarten program for 5 (five) year olds. However, attending a five-year-old kindergarten is at the discretion of the parent or guardian.

In Wisconsin, school attendance is required for children between the ages of 6 and 18. State law specifies that a child cannot be admitted into the 1st grade for the school year unless he or she is 6 years old on or before September 1 of that school year. [Wis. Stats. 118.14(1) (c)].

If your child will reach age 6 on or before September 1, he/she needs to be included in the enrollment numbers on the PI-1206 Homeschool Enrollment Report (HOMER) for that school year if you choose to homeschool.

If your child will turn 6 after September 1, you do not need to include the child on the PI-1206 Homeschool Enrollment Report (HOMER) for that school year.

But wasn't there a recent law change that requires me to report my kindergarteners?

If your child has not yet reached age six, it is not necessary for you to file form PI-1206 Home Based Private Educational Program. Under current law, enrollment in five-year-old kindergarten is not mandatory. A new law, 2009 Wisconsin Act 41, establishes completion of five-year-old kindergarten as a prerequisite to being admitted to first grade in a public school. Additional information regarding 2009 Act 41 is available on the Department of Public Instruction's web site at http://dpi.wi.gov/early-childhood/kind/admission.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the PI-1206 Homeschool Enrollment Report (HOMER), please contact Diane Sullivan at (608) 267-9248 or toll-free at (888) 245-2732, extension 1, or send an email to Homeschooling@dpi.wi.gov.

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