General Information - The following information is intended as a reference in accordance with the Arizona Revised Statutes for families participating in home or private school education. For complete legal descriptions of the statutes please follow the links located below.
According to ARS 15-802, "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..." The same statute defines home school as 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. Private school is a non public 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. Please see our Home School Packet for more information.
Enrollment Registration Information - Children attending a home or private school must have an affidavit of intent filed with the County School Superintendent's Office. The affidavit of intent to home or private school a child must be filed within 30 days from the time the child begins to attend a home or private school and is not required thereafter unless the home or private school instruction is terminated and then resumed. According to ARS 15-802 the affidavit of intent must include the child's name, date of birth, current address of the school the child will be attending and names, telephone numbers, and addresses of the person(s) having custody of the child.
Along with the affidavit of intent, the County School Superintendent must be provided with a certified copy of the child's birth certificate and other reliable proof of the child's identity and age, which can include the child's baptismal certificate, an application for a social security number, original school registration records, an affidavit explaining the inability to provide a copy of the birth certificate, or a letter from the authorized representative of an agency having custody of the child pursuant to Title 8 Chapter 2 certifying that the child has been placed in the custody of the agency as prescribed by law (ARS 15-828).
Termination - When terminating home or private school instruction, it is required that the County School Superintendent's Office be notified within 30 days of the termination (ARS 15-802).