Filing an Affidavit
If you desire to start homeschooling and your child is between the ages of 6 and 16 ...
Submit a notarized AFFIDAVIT OF INTENT TO HOMESCHOOL to your County School Superintendent within 30 days of starting to homeschool your child. Make a copy for your records.
The affidavit should include the child's name, date of birth, current address, and name, telephone, and address of parent or legal guardian. AFHE does not recommend providing more information than is required by law. AFHE also does not recommend filing the affidavit before age 6, which is in accordance with Arizona Revised Statutes.
REVIEW THE LAW
AFHE recommends that all parents review the Arizona state
statutes regarding homeschooling prior to submitting your affidavit.
PROOF OF BIRTH
Proof of birth must be submitted with the notarized affidavit. The most common proof of birth is the birth certificate. Please note that a certified copy of the birth certificate (not a photocopy) must be submitted. Please refer to ARS §15-828 for other acceptable proofs of birth if a certified birth certificate is not available. The original birth certificate will be returned to you after the County School Superintendent's office has made a copy for their records. If you do not wish to send the affidavit and your child's birth certificate to the county by mail, you have the option to hand-deliver the documents and wait while the clerk makes a copy of the birth certificate for their file and returns the original to you at that time.
DELAY OF FORMAL EDUCATION
If you do not wish to begin formal education until your child is 8 years of age, note this on the Affidavit of Intent to Homeschool. The affidavit must be filed for children ages 6 and older even if the parent elects to delay formal education until the age of 8.
DO NOT FILE AN AFFIDAVIT OF INTENT FOR ESA STUDENTS
Parents who sign a contract to participate in an Empowerment Scholarship Account, shall not file an Affidavit of Intent to Homeschool for their ESA student. See additional information on the top right side of this page under DEFINITION OF A HOMESCHOOLER.
Provide instruction in at least the subjects of reading, grammar, mathematics, social studies, and science.
MOVING TO ANOTHER AZ COUNTY
If a homeschooling family moves from one Arizona county to another, it is recommended that they notify the current county that they will no longer be homeschooling in that county, and the parent or legal guardian should file an Affidavit of Intent to Homeschool in the new county of residence along with the child's certified birth certificate or other accepted proof of birth.
TERMINATION OF HOME EDUCATION
The parent or legal guardian must notify the County School Superintendent within 30 days of terminating home education.
Arizona Homeschool Law Summary
HSLDA: Arizona Summary
HSLDA: Arizona - A Legal Analysis (pdf)
ARIZONA REVISED STATUTES REGARDING EDUCATION
Click on the links below
to view the statutes directly from the State of Arizona website.
ARS §15-802 G 2. Homeschool means a nonpublic school conducted primarily by the parent, guardian or other person who has custody of the child or nonpublic instruction provided in the child's home.
DEFINITION OF A HOMESCHOOLER
Home education is best defined as parent-led, family-funded, relationship-based education of a child at home.
Homeschoolers are parents or legal guardians who choose to educate their own children at home in at least the required subjects of reading, grammar, math, science, and social studies pursuant to A.R.S. §15-802.
CLARIFICATION REGARDING VIRTUAL CHARTER AND ESA CONTRACT STUDENTS
Virtual charter school students (public-school-at-home) and are not considered homeschoolers as defined by state statute or by the program itself.
ESA contract students (Empowerment Scholarship Account) are also not considered homeschoolers as classified by state statute and as defined by the program itself.
Parents should not file an Affidavit of Intent to Homeschool for students who are enrolled in a virtual charter school or who have an Empowerment Scholarship Account*.
*ARS 15-2402(B)(1) and (5) states: "To enroll a qualified student for an empowerment scholarship account, the parent of the qualified student must sign an agreement to do all of the following: ... Not file an affidavit of intent to homeschool pursuant to section 15-802, subsection B, paragraph 2 or 3.”
The Importance of Knowing Who We Are as Homeschoolers: Arizona Student Classifications
by Jon Callahan (AFHE Journal Winter 2013)
Not Your Father's Law: A Brief Account of Arizona Homeschool Law
by Tom Lewis (AFHE Journal Fall 2013)
County School Superintendents
The following list of county school superintendents was updated September 2014.
Homeschooling families are required to file an Affidavit of Intent to Homeschool within 30 days of starting to homeschool for children ages 6 to 16. Please mail your Affidavit of Intent to Homeschool to the County School Superintendent for the county in which you live.
The list is provided as a reference for parents when filing an Affidavit of Intent to Homeschool with the County School Superintendent’s office. Many counties have their own version of the affidavit, which you may use if you wish. It should be noted that using a specific/particular form is not required by law. We encourage families to use the affidavit provided by AFHE as it includes only the information required by law and includes a privacy statement prohibiting the county from sharing information contained in the affidavit.
- APACHE COUNTY
- R. Barry Williams
P.O. Box 548, St. Johns, AZ 85936
- COCHISE COUNTY
- Trudy Berry
P.O. Drawer 208, Bisbee, AZ 85603
- COCONINO COUNTY
- Risha VanderWey
2384 N. Steves Blvd., Flagstaff, AZ 86004 (physical address)
110 E. Cherry Street, Flagstaff, AZ 86001 (mailing address)
- GILA COUNTY
- Dr. Linda O'Dell
1400 E. Ash Street, Globe, AZ 85501
928-425-3231 ext. 8784
- GRAHAM COUNTY
- Donna McGaughey
921 Thatcher Blvd., Safford, AZ 85546
- GREENLEE COUNTY
- Thomas Powers
253 5th St., PO Box 1595, Clifton, AZ 85533
- LA PAZ COUNTY
- Janice Shelton
1112 Joshua Ave., Suite. 205, Parker, AZ 85344
- MARICOPA COUNTY
- Dr. Don Covey
4041 N. Central Ave., Ste. 1200 Phoenix, AZ 85012
- MOHAVE COUNTY
- Mike File
P.O. Box 7000, Kingman, AZ 86401
- NAVAJO COUNTY
- Jalyn Gerlich
P.O. Box 668, Holbrook, AZ 86025
- PIMA COUNTY
- Dr. Linda Arzoumanian
200 N Stone Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701
- PINAL COUNTY
- Jill Broussard
P.O. Box 769, Florence, AZ 85132
- SANTA CRUZ COUNTY
- Alfredo Velasquez
2150 N. Congress Dr., Suite. 107 Nogales, AZ 85621
- YAVAPAI COUNTY
- Tim Carter
2970 Centerpointe East Drive, Prescott, AZ 86301
- YUMA COUNTY
- Thomas Tyree
210 S. First Ave. Yuma, AZ 85364