WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO HOMESCHOOL UNDER ARIZONA LAW?
According to A.R.S. §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.
WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED TO SUBMIT IN ORDER TO HOMESCHOOL?
Parents who decide to homeschool are required to file an affidavit of intent to homeschool and provide additional documentation with the county school superintendent. This must be done for any homeschooled child and should be submitted to the county school superintendent within 30 days of starting to homeschool. You will only need to file this document once.
The affidavit requires notarization and the original must be sent to your county school superintendent’s office along with original proof of your child’s birth. You may not send in any copies of birth certificates, original documents only will be accepted. Most families choose to mail in their documents, and the County will then mail the original birth certificate (or other proof of birth) back to you once they have made a photocopy for their records. Please see a list below of superintendent offices and contact the appropriate office for more information.
If you decide to stop homeschooling, you must contact the county to complete the necessary paperwork to revoke your homeschool affidavit. You also need to update your address or any other records with the County should you move. The affidavit is available online at each County website below, or on www.afhe.org.
WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT MY COUNTY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT?
Please see the links below to each Arizona County Superintendent office. Each page has additional helpful information on submitting your affidavit.
LA PAZ COUNTY
La Paz County Education Services Agency
1112 Joshua Ave., Suite. 205
Parker, AZ 85344
P.O. Box 668,
Holbrook, AZ 86025
WHAT LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS CAN HELP ME IF I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?
Arizona Families for Home Education (AFHE) – a statewide organization that serves the needs and protects the rights of Arizona homeschool families. AFHE is a non-profit educational corporation directed by a Christian board. AFHE membership is open to all homeschool parents in Arizona. 602-235-2673
Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) – National homeschool legal defense group that protects homeschool rights and freedoms.
WHERE CAN I FIND ARIZONA STATUTES RELATED TO HOMESCHOOLING?
- 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 School instruction; exceptions; violations; classification; definitions
- 15-802.01 Children instructed at home eligibility to participate in interscholastic activities
- 15-828 Birth certificate; school records; exception
- 15-1821.01 Dual enrollment information