Do Arizona homeschool students have to pass a civics test to graduate?
In January 2015, a Governor-sponsored bill passed both the House and the Senate. The American Civics Act requires that all public and charter school students pass a civics test in order to graduate from high school. One of the questions we get frequently at AFHE is whether this applies to homeschooled students as well.
Homeschooling parents set the graduation requirements for their children, create the high school transcript, and issue a diploma to their children. Homeschoolers do not receive an accredited diploma and, as such, this law does not apply to homeschool students. This law only applies to those students who receive a diploma from a school that falls under the jurisdiction of or is regulated by the State.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines civics as “the study of the rights and duties of citizens and how government works.” Without question, providing our children with instruction in civics is invaluable and strongly encouraged for all families. In our 35 years of experience, homeschoolers as a whole tend to have a high level of interest in issues and information pertaining to freedom, how government works, and civics in general.
Your family may be interested in reviewing the one hundred questions on the US Citizenship and Immigration Services Civics Questions for the Naturalization Test. Homeschoolers are sure to excel!
High School Resources
Here are a few helpful resource for homeschooling high school.
ARTICLE – Homeschool Transcripts: More Important Than Ever by Colene Lewis
BOOK – The High School Handbook: Junior and Senior High at Home by Mary Schofield
BOOK – 102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum by Cathy Duffy
WEBSITE – HSLDA Homeschooling Thru High School
WEBSITE – Lee Binz: The HomeScholar
EVENT – AFHE Convention – Homeschooling through high school workshops plus curriculum vendors in the exhibit hall