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9270 Policy - Home-based or Private Schooling

Home Based Private Education


Home-based private education is defined in State Statute 115.001(3)(g). This policy complies with the statutes Section 118.15(4) and Sections 118.165(1) and (2). This policy applies to students who enter the Wauwatosa School district after having participated in a home-based private education program.


Students transferring to the Wauwatosa School District from a home-based private educational program shall provide the District with transcripts and/or other records evidencing their level of academic achievement, subjects completed, credits earned, and results of standardized testing.


Students who have been in attendance in a home-based private educational program for a period of ninety (90) calendar days or more shall furnish the principal or designee with the following documents:


             A.   A copy of home-based private educational form - Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
                   Form PI-1206 (Rev. 1-86);

B.    A copy of the school calendar that verifies that each school term of home-based education
       instruction consisted of a minimum  of 875 hours (W.S. s. 118.165(1)); 

C.   Copies of the sequential curriculum that was taught in the six (6) mandated subject areas
       (s. 118.165(1)(d);

D.   Records of student performance for each course taken.




Upon receipt and review of the above documentation, the principal or designee may require that a placement examination evaluation be completed so that the student will be placed at the appropriate grade level.


In making the placement decision under the above provisions, the principal or designee shall consider the age, social and emotional development and academic progress of the student. Placement shall be discussed with an adult student, parent or legal guardian before becoming effective.


A student's legal guardian or adult student may appeal a placement in writing to the Superintendent of Schools. The final decision for placement will be made by the Board of Education. Students placed under this policy shall be subject to a probationary period of thirty (30) school days for the principal to determine whether original placement was in the best interests of the student. If a revised placement is deemed necessary to the best interests of the student, such placement will be made within fifteen (15) school days after the probationary period ends.



Transfer of Credit
Students transferring into the District and who are placed in grades 9, 10, 11, or 12 pursuant to this policy may be
granted equivalent units of credit for graduation upon furnishing transcripts or other records evidencing the
successful completion of courses meeting the credit requirements set forth by the Board of Education, including
the same time allotment and substantially the same course content and objectives, and the State of Wisconsin in
Wisconsin Statutes s.121.02(1) and s.118.33(1). Home-based instruction will be recorded as credit only. Grades
and grade point average will not be used in class standing.

High School Diploma
A high school diploma will be awarded to a student who has attended senior high (grades 9-12) for a minimum of
four (4) full semesters, one (1) of which must be the last semester preceding graduation, and has successfully
completed the District's graduation requirements.

Home-based students may, upon written request, participate in the District's achievement testing program. Testing
is to occur at school at the same time as the student's peer group is tested. It is the parent's responsibility to
request test dates and places from the principal and to provide transportation for the testing.

Enrollment of Non-Public School Resident Students
Wauwatosa resident students, grades 9-12, who are enrolled in private schools or home-based educational
programs may enroll in up to two (2) courses at their attendance area high school if space is available in the
requested class(es) and the students are otherwise qualified to enroll in the course(s).

At the elementary and middle school levels, participation in courses by students who attend private schools or
home-based educational programs is limited to the non-core academic areas, including music, physical education
or other allied arts if space is available in the requested classes.  
Application for part-time enrollment by non-public school students should be made to the Director of Student
Services on the form provided.
Students attending courses through this policy have all the rights and privileges of full-time students and are
subject to the same rules and regulations as full-time students in the District.
In accordance with this policy, instructional materials, supplies, equipment shall not be made available to non-
public school students except those required for courses taken in District schools. Under this policy,
transportation is the responsibility of the parents or guardian.
The School District does not discriminate in admissions to any school, class, program, or activity on the basis of
sex, race, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation or physical,
mental, emotional, or learning disability.
118.145(4), Wis. Stats.
Approved/Adopted: July 13, 2009
Sharon Weinstock,
Aug 9, 2011, 1:36 PM