What does it take to homeschool in Arizona? Simply click the above link, print and fill out the The Affidavit of Intent to Home School, have it notarized and send it in to the Pima County Superintendent's Office. That's it. You are now officially a homeschooling family.
The Affidavit of Intent to Home School affirms that the homeschooling parent understands that his or her child must be instructed in at least the subjects of reading, grammar, mathematics, social studies and science. The method and manner of instruction is entirely up to the parents. There is no testing requirement for Arizona's homeschooled children.
The Pima County Superintendent of Public Instruction has assembled pages for homeschoolers. It includes information about the state's statutory requirements, plus links to local homeschooling support groups and a copy of the Affidavit of Intent to Home School.
Curious about the state's standards for K-12 public schools? Visit the Arizona Department of Education's standards page.
Note: Children who are enrolled in publicly-funded distance learning programs operated by school districts or charter schools are considered public school students in Arizona, and are subject to the same attendance and testing requirements as all other public school students.
Selections from the Arizona Revised Statutes that apply to homeschooling:
15-802. School instruction; exceptions; violations; classification; definitions
A. Every child between the ages of six and sixteen years shall attend a school and shall be provided instruction in at least the subjects of reading, grammar, mathematics, social studies and science. The person who has custody of the child shall choose a public, private, charter or home school as defined in this section to provide instruction.
B. The parent or person who has custody shall do the following:
1. If the child will attend a public, private or charter school, enroll the child in and ensure that the child attends a public, private or charter school for the full time school is in session. If a child attends a school which is operated on a year-round basis the child shall regularly attend during school sessions that total not less than one hundred seventy-five school days or two
hundred school days, as applicable, or the equivalent as approved by the superintendent of public instruction.
2. If the child will attend a private school or home school, file an affidavit of intent with the county school superintendent stating that the child is attending a regularly organized private school or is being provided with instruction in a home school. The affidavit of intent shall include:
(a) The child's name.
(b) The child's date of birth.
(c) The current address of the school the child is attending.
(d) The names, telephone numbers and addresses of the persons who currently have custody of the child.
3. If the child will attend home school, the child has not reached eight years of age by September 1 of the school year and the person who has custody of the child does not desire to begin home instruction until the child has reached eight years of age, file an affidavit of intent pursuant to subsection B, paragraph 2 stating that the person who has custody of the child does not desire to begin home school instruction.
C. An affidavit of intent shall be filed within thirty days from the time the child begins to attend a private school or home school and is not required thereafter unless the private school or the home school instruction is terminated and then resumed. The person who has custody of the child shall notify the county school superintendent within thirty days of the termination that the child is no longer being instructed at a private school or a home school. If the private school or home school instruction is resumed, the person who has custody of the child shall file another affidavit of intent with the county school superintendent within thirty days.
D. A person is excused from the duties prescribed by subsection A or B of this section if any of the following are shown to the satisfaction of the school principal or the school principal's designee:
1. The child is in such physical or mental condition that instruction is inexpedient or impracticable.
2. The child has completed the high school course of study necessary for completion of grade ten as prescribed by the state board of education.
3. The child has presented reasons for nonattendance at a public school which are satisfactory to the school principal or the school principal's designee. For purposes of this paragraph, the principal's designee may be the school district governing board.
4. The child is over fourteen years of age and is, with the consent of the person who has custody of him, employed at some lawful wage earning occupation.
5. The child is enrolled in a work training, career education, vocational or manual training program which meets the educational standards established and approved by the department of education.
6. The child was either:
(a) Suspended and not directed to participate in an alternative education program.
(b) Expelled from a public school as provided in article 3 of this chapter.
7. The child is enrolled in an education program provided by a state educational or other institution.
E. Unless otherwise exempted in this section or section 15-803, a parent of a child between six and sixteen years of age or a person who has custody of a child, who does not provide instruction in a home school and who fails to enroll or fails to ensure that the child attends a public, private or charter school pursuant to this section is guilty of a class 3 misdemeanor. A parent who fails to comply with the duty to file an affidavit of intent to provide instruction in a home school is guilty of a petty offense.
F. For the purposes of this section:
1. "Home school" means a school conducted primarily by the parent, guardian or other person who has custody of the child or instruction provided in the child's home.
2. "Private school" means a nonpublic institution, other than the child's home, where academic instruction is provided for at least the same number of days and hours each year as a public school.
15-745. Children instructed at home; testing; prohibition
A. Nothing in this article shall be construed to require the testing of children who are instructed in a home school program while they are receiving home school instruction.
B. A child who enrolls in a kindergarten program or grades one through twelve after receiving instruction in a home school program shall be tested pursuant to this article in order to determine the appropriate grade level for the educational placement of the child.
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