ARIZONA HOMESCHOOL LAWS

Homeschooling is best defined as parent-led, privately funded, relationship-based education of a child at home. We’ve provided links to Arizona Revised Statutes pertaining to Arizona homeschool laws, articles about homeschool laws, and more. You’ll also find the Affidavit of Intent to Homeschool along with instructions on where to send it. 

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.

ARIZONA REVISED STATUTES REGARDING HOME 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.

Section 15

  • 15-763. Plan for providing special education; definition
  • 15-745. Children instructed at home testing prohibition; enrolling in a public school after homeschooling
  • 15-802.01. Children instructed at home eligibility to participate in interscholastic activities
  • 15-802. School instruction; exceptions; violations; classification; definitions
  • 15-828. Birth certificate; school records; exception

Definition of a Homeschooler

FathersonARIZONA STATE LAW DEFINES A HOMESCHOOLER AS FOLLOWS

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.

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 RE: VIRTUAL CHARTER AND ESA CONTRACT STUDENTS

VIRTUAL CHARTER SCHOOL STUDENTS and are enrolled in a public-school-at-home program and are not classified as homeschoolers as defined by state statute or by the program itself.

ESA CONTRACT STUDENTS (Empowerment Scholarship Account) are a separate classification of student. Parents of children who qualify for and receive an ESA have the option to enroll in a private school or to be taught at home. ESA contract students do not file an Affidavit of Intent to Homeschool and do not fall under the homeschool statutes or student classification.

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.”]

File an Affidavit of Intent to Homeschool

Parents of homeschooled students ages 6-16 are required to file a notarized Affidavit of Intent to Homeschool with the County School Superintendent within 30 days of starting to homeschool (or within 30 days following the child’s 6th birthday for children who’ve been homeschooled prior to age 6). Please mail your Affidavit of Intent to Homeschool to the County School Superintendent for the county in which you live.

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. Do not file the affidavit for children under age 6 or over the age of 16 as these students are outside of compulsory education age and the County only accept affidavits for homeschooled students ages 6 to 16.

Make a copy of the notarized affidavit for your records before sending it to the County.

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 must be submitted (not a photocopy). 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

You have the option to delay the start of formal education until your child is 8 years of age by noting so 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 above under definition of a homeschooler.

PROVIDE INSTRUCTION

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, the parent or legal guardian must 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. Notify the previous county in writing that you are no longer homeschooling in that county.

TERMINATION OF HOME EDUCATION

If you enroll your child in a public school, charter school, virtual public school, or private school (including hybrid private schools), the parent or legal guardian must notify the County School Superintendent within 30 days of termination of homeschooling. We recommend doing so in writing.

ENROLLING IN A PUBLIC SCHOOL AFTER HOMESCHOOLING

Should you decide to enroll your child in a public school after he/she has been homeschooled, the school will test your child to determine grade level placement pursuant to ARS 15-745.

Please note, a public high school will not accept homeschool credits toward an accredited diploma issued through the school. We have heard many sad stories of families who enrolled their previously homeschooled student in a public high school in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade and were told they had to enroll as a freshman in order to receive a diploma. We encourage families to explore the option of homeschooling through high school, which can be a rich and rewarding experience preparing the student well for college, the military, or the marketplace. If you decide to enroll your child in a public school for high school, you may consider doing so by 9th grade to avoid credit issues for their diploma.

HOMESCHOOLING WHILE LIVING ON A RESERVATION

A parent homeschooling their child while living on a Native American Reservation should file the Affidavit of Intent to Homeschool with the County School Superintendent’s office as normal. While Native American tribes are sovereign, they fall under the compulsory attendance/compulsory education law of the state.

Submit the Affidavit to Your County Superintendent

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.

Superintendent contact information and links updated April 2017

APACHE COUNTY

APACHE COUNTY
– R. Barry Williams
P.O. Box 548,
St. Johns, AZ  85936
928-337-7539

GILA COUNTY

GILA COUNTY
– Nick Montague
1400 E. Ash Street,
Globe, AZ  85501
928-402-8784

LA PAZ COUNTY

LA PAZ COUNTY
– Jacqueline Price
La Paz County Education Services Agency
Attention: Homeschool
1112 Joshua Ave., Suite. 205
Parker, AZ  85344
928-669-6183

NAVAJO COUNTY

NAVAJO COUNTY
– Jalyn Gerlich
P.O. Box 668,
Holbrook, AZ 86025
928-524-4204

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY
– Alfredo Velasquez
2150 N. Congress Dr., Suite. 107
Nogales, AZ 85621
520-375-7940

COCHISE COUNTY

COCHISE COUNTY
– Jacqui Clay
100 Clawson Ave 3rd Floor
P.O. Drawer 208
Bisbee, AZ  85603
520-432-8950

GRAHAM COUNTY

GRAHAM COUNTY
– Donna McGaughey
921 Thatcher Blvd.,
Safford, AZ  85546
928-428-2880

MARICOPA COUNTY

MARICOPA COUNTY
– Steve Watson
4041 N. Central Ave., Ste. 1200
Phoenix, AZ  85012
602-506-3144

PIMA COUNTY

PIMA COUNTY
– Dustin Williams
200 N Stone Ave,
Tucson, AZ  85701
520-724-8451

YAVAPAI COUNTY

YAVAPAI COUNTY
– Tim Carter
2970 Centerpointe East Drive,
Prescott, AZ 86301
928-771-3326

COCONINO COUNTY

COCONINO COUNTY
– Risha VanderWey
Attention: Kim Graves (Homeschool Liaison)
2384 N. Steves Blvd.
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
928-679-8070

GREENLEE COUNTY

GREENLEE COUNTY
– Thomas Powers
253 5th St., PO Box 1595,
Clifton, AZ  85533
928-865-2822

MOHAVE COUNTY

MOHAVE COUNTY
– Michael D. File
700 W. Beale St
Kingman, AZ 86402
928-753-0747

PINAL COUNTY

PINAL COUNTY
– Jill Broussard
P.O. Box 769,
Florence, AZ 85132
520-866-6565

YUMA COUNTY

YUMA COUNTY
– Thomas Tyree
210 S. First Ave.
Yuma, AZ 85364
928-373-1006

Home School Legal Defense Association

HSLDA is a national advocacy organization that has been defending the freedom to homeschool since 1983. AFHE members receive a discount on HSLDA membership. You will find the AFHE Group Discount Number on your AFHE membership card.

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