Home Schooling

The following information is being provided to assist you in complying with Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS §15-802.B2) regarding students instructed at home:

FIRST STEP:

Submit Affidavit of Intent to Home School

An Affidavit of Intent GED Testing Center must be filed within 30 days of the beginning of home instruction. If you wish to mail the affidavit to our office, it must be notarized.

You, the parent or guardian of the child receiving home instruction in our county, are required to provide one of the following to this office:

An original or a certified copy of the birth certificate for the pupil. (Photocopies will NOT be accepted.)

Other reliable proof of the pupil’s identity and age, including 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.

A letter from the authorized representative of an agency having custody of the pupil certifying that the pupil has been placed in the custody of the agency as prescribed by law.

Arizona is a “closed record” state, which means that vital records are not public record and therefore allowed to be notarized.

Vital Records  (The 1987 Legislature passed a law designed to help trace the location of any child who is reported missing. Our office is required to assist in this effort, thus the above requirements.)

Our office must be notified within 30 days of the termination of home instruction:

GED Testing CenterHome School Withdrawl Form

The Next Step:

The State of Arizona requires that children between the ages of 6 and 16 be instructed in the following subjects:

READING  |  GRAMMAR  |  SCIENCE

MATHEMATICS  |  SOCIAL STUDIES

Books may be available on loan from your local school. It is, however, up to the discretion of the individual districts.

You may request from your school district the standards for each of the subject areas or visit the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) website at www.azed.gov/standards-practices/

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding home instruction.

Support Groups

Support groups are well organized, experienced, and plentiful should you need assistance:

Knowledge House is an informative website for parents who are thinking about home schooling: http://www.knowledgehouse.info/

Arizona Families for Home Education, a statewide organization that supports and promotes home education, is a group which hosts an annual Senior High Graduate Recognition Ceremony, an annual Junior High Graduate Recognition Ceremony, and an annual state home school convention and curriculum fair. For more information on these and other Home Education information, contact them using the options shown below:

Website: www.afhe.org  |  Email: homeschool@afhe.org
24-hour information (602) 235-2673

Interscholastic Activities

ARS § 15-802.01.A. Notwithstanding any other law, a child who resides within the attendance area of a public school and who is instructed at home shall be allowed to try out for interscholastic activities on behalf of the public school in the same manner as a pupil who is enrolled in that public school. Registration, age eligibility requirements, fees, insurance, transportation, physical condition, qualifications, responsibilities, event schedules, standard of behavior and performance policies for home schooled students shall be consistent with those policies established for students enrolled in that public school. B. A child who is instructed at home and who was previously enrolled in a school shall be ineligible to participate in interscholastic activities for the remainder of the school year during which the child was enrolled in a school.

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