Wyoming Homeschool Laws

Homeschooling in Wyoming

How do I start homeschooling?

Parents who wish to homeschool their children in Wyoming should:

  • Submit a letter of intent to homeschool to your local school district.
  • Choose your curriculum and submit a summary of all books and materials you plan to use for that academic year to the school board.
  • Teach the required subjects

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Homeschool Laws

According to Wyoming Statute §21-4-102, “Every parent, guardian or other person having control or charge of any child who is a resident of this state and whose seventh birthday falls on or before August 1, or September 15 if the child started kindergarten pursuant to an approved request under W.S. 21-3-110(a)(xxxviii), of any year and who has not yet attained his sixteenth birthday or completed the tenth grade shall be required to send such child to, and such child shall be required to attend, a public or private school each year, during the entire time that the public schools shall be in session in the district in which the pupil resides.”

In Wyoming, homeschooling is an approved exception to the compulsory attendance requirement and is defined by State Statute 21-4-101(a)(v) as “a a program of educational instruction provided to a child by the child’s parent or legal guardian or by a person designated by the parent or legal guardian. An instructional program provided to more than one (1) family unit does not constitute a home-based educational program” (Wyoming Department of Education).

What do I need to be eligible to be a homeschool parent?

There are no minimum qualifications for you to homeschool in Wyoming.

Do I need to notify the school district of my intent to homeschool my child?

Yes! You must file a Letter of Intent or complete the district homeschool registration form in order to begin homeschooling.

Homeschool Requirements

Even though Wyoming does not highly regulate homeschooling, there are some Wyoming homeschool requirements you must satisfy when you homeschool:

  • Begin homeschooling by age 7.
  • File the required Letter of Intent or complete the district homeschool registration form.
  • Provide “a sequentially progressive curriculum of fundamental instruction in seven subjects: reading, writing, mathematics, civics, history, literature, and science” (State Statute 21-4-101(a)(vi)). You can access the Wyoming State Standards to understand what students should learn at particular grades; prepare them to take the Wyoming Test of Proficiency and Progress (WY-TOPP); ready them for return to public school; or prepare them for college, career, or the military; however, you are not required to align your homeschool curriculum with these standards (Wyoming Department of Education).
  • Submit a summary of the curriculum (including all required subjects) to the local district each year.
  • Stay current with homeschooling laws and requirements.

Do I need to administer testing to my homeschooler?

“No testing is required of homeschooled students. They are able to take the test if they choose to, without any cost. For grades 3-10, the WY-TOPP summative assessments are online adaptive assessments for math and English language arts. Students in grade 3, 5, 7, and 9 are assessed in writing. Grade 4, 8, and 10 students are assessed in science. If a student is attending homeschool and public school, and spends 50% or more of their time at the public school, then that student is required to take the WY-TOPP assessment” (Wyoming Department of Education).

What records do I need to keep when I homeschool my child?

Although there is no required recordkeeping for homeschoolers in Wyoming, we recommend you do some personal recordkeeping to provide verification of education in the event you would need to show some form of educational proof to the state or other legal entities or to prepare for re-entry into public school or postsecondary pathways. This includes the following:

  • Attendance
  • Immunization records
  • Lists of texts and workbooks used
  • Student schoolwork samples and/or portfolios
  • Test and evaluation results
  • Correspondence with school officials

You may also be able to find more information on Wyoming homeschool requirements through your local school district.

Graduation requirements

Wyoming diploma requirements:
Parents determine when their student has fulfilled graduation requirements and can issue their own homeschool diploma; students of private/online schools may receive diplomas from those institutions.

Wyoming high school testing requirements:
Homeschool students are not subject to testing requirements for graduation.

Wyoming high school transcripts:
Homeschool parents may create their own student transcripts, and may include any information they deem pertinent to colleges, military, and/or future workplace organizations.

Wyoming high school course credits:
Parents determine when their student has fulfilled graduation requirements; for the purpose of creating transcripts, some homeschool parents do assign credits to individual courses.

GED eligibility:
Students must be 18, otherwise, students who are 16/17 may apply for a waiver through the state GED office.

If you have a child that is college bound it is always a good idea to keep records, portfolios and transcripts, all of these and more can be done on the Modify™ app. 

Note: All information on this site is provided with no guarantee of accuracy. Modify™ is not responsible for any errors, omissions, or outdated information, or for the results yielded through use of this information.

Wyoming Statute §21-4-102
W.S. 21-3-110(a)(xxxviii)
State Statute 21-4-101(a)(v)
State Statute 21-4-101(a)(vi)

 Wyoming State Standards


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