A school board shall allow a pupil enrolled in a home-based private educational program who has met the standards for admission to the course to attend up to 2 courses at a public school in the district during each school semester if the school board determines that there is sufficient space in the classroom. The school board shall determine the minimum standards for admission to a course. The pupil may attend one course in each of 2 school districts, but may not attend more than 2 courses in any semester. Wisconsin Statutes 118.53

Section 1828 of 2013 Wisconsin Act 20, effective July 2, 2013, gave school boards the new power to establish admission standards for admission to individual courses. It also expanded the potential availability of classes from high school classes only to classes at any grade level. Act 20 removed the reference to homeschooling in §118.145 and created a new statute, §118.53, to govern homeschool access.

Effective July 13, 2015, Wisconsin statute 118.133 requires school boards to permit homeschool students to participate in sports and extracurricular activities on the same basis and to the same extent as public school students. The school board may ask the family to provide a statement confirming that the student meets the board’s requirements relating to age, and academic and disciplinary records. A temporary rule issued by the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association states that a statement of enrollment (PI-1206) must be on file with respect to the homeschool student.

Things to keep in mind:

Public school access includes participation in public school classes, sports, activities, etc.

States use a unique vocabulary in this area: “extracurricular,” “cocurricular,” “curricular,” “interscholastic,” “program,” “activity,” etc. Care should be taken to distinguish one from another. When a state defines a word, it is important.

While athletic association rules are not “law,” public schools are generally constrained to operate within them, or their teams could be disqualified. We therefore refer to association rules of particular importance in a number of entries.

We strive toward keeping this information 100% up to date in this rapidly changing area of the law. However, this post should not be considered authoritative because of the possibility of unobserved changes in association rules, statutes, regulations, or case decisions, and because of lag time between changes and the publication of updates.