AZ Homeschooling Laws
Homeschooling Laws in Arizona
Knowing the requirements for homeschooling in Arizona is one key to successful homeschooling. Below is a summary of the homeschool laws in the state of Arizona. You can find additional information on Home School Legal Defense Association’s (HSLDA) website as well: Arizona HSLDA Reference
Homeschooling Options in Arizona
There is really only one option for homeschooling in the state of Arizona. As the state requires very little homeschool regulation, all you need to do to educate your child at home is follow the steps below–beyond that, the sky’s the limit!
Arizona State Homeschool Law Summary
As mentioned above, Arizona requires very little from homeschoolers, except for the following:
- File an affidavit of intent with the state.
- Provide a copy of the child’s birth certificate.
- Teach the required subjects of reading, grammar, math, science, and social studies.
Arizona State Education Resources
Here you’ll find websites for any questions you may have about education in the state of Arizona.
- Arizona Department of Education: https://www.azed.gov/
- Arizona State Board of Education: https://azsbe.az.gov/resources
- Arizona Education Association: https://www.arizonaea.org/
- Education Forward Arizona: https://educationforwardarizona.org/
- Arizona School Boards Association: https://azsba.org/
- List of Arizona school districts: https://ballotpedia.org/List_of_school_districts_in_Arizona
Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) Expansion
Recently signed legislation in Arizona authorized the largest school choice expansion in U.S. history–an expansion of the Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) program. Arizona’s ESA is an account administered by the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) and funded by state tax dollars to provide options for the education of qualified students in Arizona, and it allows parents of qualified students to utilize public monies to purchase educational services from private schools, education providers, and/or vendors. An ESA account holder must use at least a portion of the funds to provide an education in at least the following subjects: reading, grammar, mathematics, social studies, and science.
As a result of this expansion, $7,000 of public funding will now be available to families who want to pursue options for customizing their child’s education, such as homeschooling, online education, private school tuition, tutoring services, and more.
Before this expansion, approximately 12,000 students were enrolled in the ESA program, as its eligibility was limited to students with special needs, children with military parents, students attending low-performing schools, children who reside within a Native American Reservation, and kids in foster care, among others. Now, however, with the ESA expansion, every Arizona student is eligible for an ESA account, including those who already attend non-public schools, to help pay for their education. Learn more about eligibility by visiting the ESA program’s eligibility page here.
There are many advantages and benefits of an ESA, perhaps the most important of which is the empowerment it affords all parents to customize their child’s education. As a homeschooling parent, $7,000 can help pay for tuition, updated technology, better supplies, and other materials.
For the time being, the Arizona Department of Education is not accepting applications related to the ESA expansion; they’re only processing applications from those who fit the previous eligibility criteria, as listed above. The ADE, however, will soon be accepting applications for the expansion, so check the ADE’s ESA page periodically for updates.
Arizona Homeschooling Support Groups
Whether you already homeschool in Arizona or are looking to do so, these resources are quite useful if you’re searching for support, co-ops, or answers to questions about homeschooling in your state.
- Arizona Families for Home Education: https://afhe.org/
- Arizona Homeschool Adventures: https://www.meetup.com/arizonahomeschooladventures/
- Arizona Homeschool Chapter: https://www.facebook.com/groups/311460192366429/
- Christian Home Educators of Tucson Northwest: https://www.homeschool-life.com/az/chetnw/
- Christian Home Educators of Tucson Southeast: https://www.homeschool-life.com/az/chetse/
- Christian Homeschoolers of Fountain Hills: https://www.christianhomeschoolersoffountainhills.org/
- Covenant Homeschool Resource Center: https://www.chsrc.org/
- Devoted Heart Christian Homeschooling: https://www.dhch.org/
- Eastside Explorers: https://www.homeschool-life.com/az/eastsideexplorers/
- Estrella Mountain Homeschoolers: https://estrellahomeschool.wixsite.com/emhomeschoolers
- East Valley Athletes for Christ: https://www.facebook.com/EVAC-Eagles-154029461289388/
- Indigo Home Learners: https://www.facebook.com/groups/IndigoHomeLearners
- Northern Arizona Secular Homeschoolers: https://www.facebook.com/groups/370029379732634/
- Rainbow Explorers: https://rainbowexplorers.tripod.com/
- Sacred Heart Home Educators: https://www.homeschool-life.com/az/shhe/
- Southeast Tucson Catholic Home Schoolers: https://sites.google.com/site/setucsoncatholichomeschoolers/
- Southwest Tucson Homeschoolers: https://www.facebook.com/groups/swtucsonhomeschoolers/
Top Arizona Homeschooling Field Trip Ideas
One of the many benefits of homeschooling is the flexibility to explore! Here are some ideas for amazing–and educational–field trips around the great state of Arizona!
- Arizona Museum of Natural History: Mesa, AZ
- Arizona Mineral and Mining Museum: Phoenix, AZ
- Arizona Museum for Youth: Mesa, AZ
- Arizona Science Center: Phoenix, AZ
- Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum: Tucson, AZ
- The Bible Museum: Goodyear, AZ
- Butterfly Wonderland: Scottsdale, AZ
- Discovery Park Campus: Safford, AZ
- Fort Apache Historical Park: Whiteriver, AZ
- George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center: Phoenix, AZ
- Grand Canyon National Park: near Fredonia, AZ
- Halle Heart Children’s Museum: Tempe, AZ
- Heritage Square: Phoenix, AZ
- International Wildlife Museum: Tucson, AZ
- Kartchner Caverns State Park: Benson, AZ
- Museum of Northern Arizona: Flagstaff, AZ
- Phoenix Art Museum: Phoenix, AZ
- Phoenix Zoo: Phoenix, AZ
- Reid Park Zoo: Tucson, AZ
- Saguaro National Park: Tucson, AZ
- Science Down Town Tucson: Tucson, AZ
- SRP Heritage History Center: Tempe, AZ
- Tucson Children’s Museum: Tucson, AZ
- Wildlife World Zoo: Litchfield Park, AZ