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Brick & Mortar Public Schools

Compulsory Attendance

Your child’s age is your first indicator of his or her eligibility for beginning school. Children must attend school or comply with the homeschool laws from the age of 7 (if their seventh birthday falls on or before September 15 of the current academic year) until they either complete the 10th grade or reach age 16.  

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Required Documentation

Wyoming school districts set the requirements for what documentation is required prior to enrolling a student in their district. To get that information, contact the district directly.  

Some legal documents are required for Wyoming students to attend school:

  • Certified Birth Certificate/proof of identity
  • Official copy of records/transcripts from the previous school the child most recently attended
  • A shot immunization record (or proof that immunization is not required for the child)
  • Click here to view the immunization requirements 
  • Proof of home address (for example, a rental agreement or tax statement)

School Fees

Paying some fees is a part of public education, though it is primarily a free education. Students are expected to supply their own basic school supplies such as paper, pencils, and notebooks. Each district has a list of approved expenditures for students. Fee waiver forms can be requested from the school if there is a situation that prevents a family from being able to pay for required materials or events.

Some typical items on that list include:

  • Lunch
  • Summer school
  • Student parking passes (high school)
  • Lost textbooks
  • Late or lost library books
  • Field trips
  • Special class-required fees (e.g., science lab fees)

Public Charter Schools

What are Charter Schools?

Charter Schools are tuition-free public schools operated by independent, non-profit governing bodies.

Parents, teachers, and community leaders sign a “charter” or contract with a school district or state agency to create a charter school and give students more educational options than their assigned school. Charter schools have flexibility over classroom hours, curriculum, and employment policies, but are subject to periodic reviews based on student performance. In Wyoming, public charter school students are measured against the same academic standards as students in other public schools. Local boards of education monitor the academic and financial performance of charter schools, and, can revoke  or refuse to renew a school’s charter.

Wyoming Charter Schools

Wyoming only has four charter schools, for a list visit the Charter School Resource Center.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions about charters can be found at the  National Charter School Resource Center.

Enrollment

Most charter schools do not have attendance zones. If you are interested in applying for your child, you must apply directly to the school. The application and selection process can be quite complicated. Make sure to contact the school early to determine the correct next steps to applying.

Virtual Public Schools

Campbell County Virtual School

phone: (307) 685-3248
grades: K-6

Natrona Virtual Learning

phone: (307) 253-3186
grades: K-12

Washakie #1 Online

phone: (307) 347-9286
grades: K-12

Wyoming Connections Academy

phone: (307) 587-5028
grades: K-12

Wyoming Virtual Academy

phone: (866) 467-6101
grades: K-12

Private Schools

What makes a school “private”?

Private schools charge tuition, and many have a religious mission. Some private schools offer families assistance to make tuition payments. Click below for the complete list of over 40 private schools across the state.

private school review

Private School Review offers free, detailed information on U.S. private schools combined with useful community data (e.g., housing costs) and maps of the surrounding areas.

*Information on non-public school admission requirements should be obtained from the school directly.

Scholarships & Educational Choice Programs

Currently there are no educational choice programs in Wyoming.

For more information on policy change or to get involved in the school choice movement in Wyoming visit EdChoice.

Private Virtual Schools

George Washington University Online High School is an online college preparatory academy for motivated students who are willing to be challenged to become the best students and persons they can be. Combining award-winning curriculum with small class sizes and intensive college counseling, students receive a flexible, individualized education attuned to their own needs and goals.

International Academy is a K12, Inc accredited, online private school for grades K–12. Students earn a U.S. high school diploma while using award-winning K¹² curriculum

They offer extensive, individualized academic and counseling support keep students on track. The flexibility allows students to explore their passions. Full-time and part-time options are available.

International Connections Academy is a fully-accredited, online, college preparatory private school serving K–12 students worldwide. The program combines a top-rated curriculum with talented teachers, cutting-edge technology, the flexibility to learn at home, and direct family involvement to ensure each student realizes his or her full potential.

The Keystone School offers flexible education programs for high school and middle school students. Whether your student wants to study full-time or just needs individual classes, they offer more than 170 courses from credit recovery to world languages and AP. Students can enroll at any time.

Home Education

Your options

In Wyoming, there are two options under which you may legally homeschool. You are free to choose the option that best meets your family’s needs.

Under Wyoming’s homeschool statute:

  • Submit your curriculum to the school district annually.
    • Every year, you must submit to your local public school district board of trustees a curriculum showing that your child is receiving “sequentially progressive” instruction in the required subjects listed below.
  • Teach the required subjects.
    •  reading
    • writing
    • mathematics
    • civics
    • history
    • literature
    • science.

As a parochial, church, or religious school:

You may enroll your child in a church school that allows you to teach your child at home. In order to qualify under this option, your homeschool must be under the auspices or control of a local church, denomination, or similar religious organization.

Home School Legal Defense Alliance

visit HSLDA website >

Coalition for Responsible Home Education

visit the coalition’s website >

Support Groups

Wyoming has many homeschool associations that offer classes, curriculum, advising, sports, clubs, socials and recreation. Check out your local support groups here.

Dual Enrollment

College Credit

Dual enrollment courses are college credit courses. High school students enroll in college courses and earn postsecondary credit upon successful completion of the course. High school credit can also be awarded based on local school policy. Dual enrollment courses can be taught on the college campus, at the student’s high school, or online. The location of the course does not affect its status as a dual

Information about Dual Enrollment in Wyoming can be found at The Education Commission of the States.

Course Fees

The student’s district is primarily responsible for course fees. A postsecondary institution may not assess any fee from the participating student for textbooks, materials, student services or any other fees otherwise assessed and collected from students attending the institution.

Native American Education

Tribal Children’s Triad

About the Program

The Wyoming Tribal Children’s Triad (Triad) is a joint education venture between Wyoming communities, schools, and government, created to address educational challenges faced by Native American students on and near the Wind River Indian Reservation.

The Triad is composed of nearly thirty partner organizations. The group is community-focused and works on educational goals such as improving attendance and graduation rates for Native American students.

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