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.
- 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
ARIZONA 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.
10 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT HOMESCHOOLING IN ARIZONA
With more than 38,000 students being homeschooled in Arizona, and more than 2.1 million students nationwide, parent-led education at home has proven to be an effective and successful for many families. We’ve put together a handy blog post answering ten frequently asked questions about homeschooling in Arizona. You’ll find helpful links, resources, and more!
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.
How to File the Affidavit of Intent to Homeschool
Watch this short video for everything you need to know about filing an Affidavit of Intent to Homeschool in Arizona.
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/certified 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.
HOMESCHOOLING YOUNGER CHILD
We are often asked if you can homeschool a child under the age of 6. The answer is yes, you can. Many families begin homeschooling for preschool and kindergarten.
Once the child turns 6, file the Affidavit of Intent to Homeschool within 30 days of their birthday.
DO NOT FILE AN AFFIDAVIT FOR AN ESA STUDENT
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.
By filing the Affidavit of Intent to Homeschool, the parent is agreeing to instruction in at least the subjects of reading, grammar, mathematics, social studies, and science.
There are no reporting or standardized testing requirements for homeschoolers in Arizona, however filing the Affidavit fraudulently or failing to provide instruction is a class 3 misdeameanor [ARS 15-802 E.]. (Unless exempt in ARS 15-802 or 15-803.)
MOVING TO ANOTHER ARIZONA 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 HOMESCHOOL
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 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 May 2018
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– R. Barry Williams
P.O. Box 548,
St. Johns, AZ 85936
– Nick Montague
1400 E. Ash Street,
Globe, AZ 85501
LA PAZ COUNTY
LA PAZ COUNTY
– Jacqueline Price
La Paz County Education Services Agency
1112 Joshua Ave., Suite. 205
Parker, AZ 85344
– Jalyn Gerlich
P.O. Box 668,
Holbrook, AZ 86025
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY
– Alfredo Velasquez
2150 N. Congress Dr., Suite. 107
Nogales, AZ 85621
– Jacqui Clay
1415 Melody Lane, Bldg. C
Bisbee, AZ 85603
– Donna McGaughey
921 Thatcher Blvd.,
Safford, AZ 85546
– Steve Watson
4041 N. Central Ave., Ste. 1200
Phoenix, AZ 85012
– Dustin Williams
200 N Stone Ave,
Tucson, AZ 85701
– Tim Carter
2970 Centerpointe East Drive,
Prescott, AZ 86301
– Dr. Tommy Lewis
Attention: Kandi Slack
2384 N. Steves Blvd.
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
– Thomas Powers
253 5th St., PO Box 1595,
Clifton, AZ 85533
– Michael D. File
700 W. Beale St
Kingman, AZ 86402
– Jill Broussard
P.O. Box 769
Florence, AZ 85132
75 Bailey Street
Florence, AZ 85132
– Thomas Tyree
210 S. First Ave.
Yuma, AZ 85364