What is homeschooling?
In Arizona, homeschooling is defined as "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." according to A.R.S. §15-802
There are 5 required subjects which are: Reading, grammar, mathematics, social studies and science. A.R.S. §15-802
How do I start homeschooling?
To start homeschooling, you must file an affidavit with the county you reside in for children between the ages of 6 and 16. If your child is 6 and you wish to delay formal education until age 8, you may choose that option on the affidavit. You have 30 days to file this affidavit after withdrawing from school, or after your child's 6th birthday if they have never attended school.
“Section 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.
Please also refer to A.R.S. §15-828 for proof of birth requirements:
“Section B. If a child is instructed at home pursuant to section 15-802, the person who has custody of the child shall, within thirty days after the home instruction begins, provide to the county school superintendent of the county in which the child resides one of the following:
1. A certified copy of the child's birth certificate (The original, state sealed birth certificate).
2. Other reliable proof of the child's identity and age, including the child's baptismal certificate, an application for a social security number or original school registration records AND an affidavit explaining the inability to provide a copy of the birth certificate.
Where do I file my affidavit?
You file your affidavit with your County School Superintendent's office. Below is a listing of Arizona county offices. If you live in Maricopa County, please stop by and visit us.
Find a printable copy of the affidavit here.
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Phoenix, AZ 85012
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Here is a list of Arizona County Superintendent of Schools.
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Schooling with an Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA)
Current AZ law allows families who choose ESA to educate their children at home, however, they are considered an ESA contract student and therefore do not fall under the homeschool laws. If you have an ESA for your child, you are NOT required to file an affidavit.
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