General Overview of the Homeschooling Laws in Arizona
According to Arizona education law, “homeschoolers are parents or legal guardians who choose to teach their own children at home in the subjects of grammar, reading, science, math, and social studies.” (A.R.S. §15-802). In other words, as long as you are the legal guardian of the child in question, you may choose to homeschool the child at will.
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In Arizona, home education is defined as the “parent-taught, family financed, education of a child at home”.
Notification of Intent to homeschool in Arizona
Parents who wish to homeschool students between the ages of 6 and 16 are obligated to file a notarized Affidavit of Intent to Homeschool. This has to be done within 30 days of starting to homeschool. The child is enrolled in homeschooling must also submit a legitimate birth certificate.
Qualifications required to homeschool in Arizona
As long as the parent or legal guardian has dominion over the child, the guardian or parent in Arizona does not require any qualifications in order to homeschool a child between the ages of 6 and 16. The state of Arizona has no requirements for school accreditation, no requirements for licensing, and no requirements for teacher certification.
Keep in mind that from one county to another, the laws may differ slightly, but generally speaking, as long as you are the legal guardian of the child, there are no qualification requirements needed to homeschool a child.
Number of days/hours of instruction required for homeschoolers in Arizona
At this time, in the State of Arizona, there is no minimum or maximum limit as to the hours and days of education required for a student or child which is being homeschooled. There are also no requirements in terms of testing.
How much and how long a guardian chooses to teach a child per day and per year is left totally to the behest of the parents or guardians. Arizona public school attendance is required for 180 days per year, but this does not apply to children being homeschooled.
What subjects need to be covered in Home Education (and for how long) in Arizona?
According to Arizona State law, parents or guardians who wish to homeschool their children are required to educate their children in the basic required subjects of grammar, reading, science, math, and social studies. However, exactly how and for how long these subjects are taught to the homeschool students is left up to the parents. As long as these subjects are being covered in some way, shape, or form, parents are free to educate their children as they see fit.
What are the recordkeeping requirements for homeschoolers in Arizona?
As of right now, the State of Arizona does not have any specific recordkeeping requirements for students being homeschooled. Yes, the letter of intent as well as the birth certificate needs to be filed, and this needs to be done on a yearly basis in order to remain eligible for homeschooling. However, other than that, there are no strict recordkeeping requirements of any kind.
With that being said, it is highly recommended that you keep detailed records in regards to attendance records, information on the textbooks and workbooks, correspondence with school officials, samples of student’s schoolwork, portfolios and test results, and any other documents showing that your child is receiving an appropriate education in compliance with the law of the State of Arizona. These records should be maintained for at least 2 years.
Is part-time enrollment permitted in Arizona?
In the State of Arizona, if a child or student being homeschooled wished to enroll part-time in a public school for special needs, this is permitted. However, Arizona public schools do have some discretion here, mainly related to available class space and available funding. Yet, as long as the student lives within the district of the public school in question, this should not be an issue. When it comes to special needs students, exceptions are usually always made.
Are homeschoolers permitted to participate in extracurricular activities in Arizona?
Yes, the State of Arizona states that homeschooled children who live within the public school’s district or so-called “attendance area” have the right to try out for interscholastic and extracurricular public school activities such as sports. However, note that while children who are being homeschooled are allowed to try out for public school sports teams, and such, public schools are not required to accept them onto the team solely on the basis of trying out.
If you require more information about the state of homeschooling in Arizona, please visit the Arizona Families for Home Education website.