Starting a Private School in Wisconsin

Regulations, Resources, & Support

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Wisconsin State Regulations

General Regulations

Wisconsin State
  • There are no requirements for registration and licensing. Approval is optional. Accreditation is also optional except for schools participating in the funding programs listed below.

  • The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has assembled a page of detailed requirements for private schools.

  • The US Office of Innovation & Improvement has assembled a summary of regulations for private schools operating in Wisconsin.

  • A home-based private educational program is defined as instruction provided to a child by the child’s parent or guardian or by a person designated by the parent or guardian. An instructional program provided to more than one family unit does not constitute a home-based private educational program.

  • The Wisconsin DPI has no published requirements for school insurance -- consult a professional for guidance in this area.

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