Filing an Affidavit

If you desire to start homeschooling and your child is between the ages of 6 and 16 ...


Submit a notarized AFFIDAVIT OF INTENT TO HOMESCHOOL to your County School Superintendent within 30 days of starting to homeschool your child. Make a copy for your records.

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The affidavit should include the child's name, date of birth, current address, and name, telephone, and address of parent or legal guardian. AFHE does not recommend providing more information than is required by law. AFHE also does not recommend filing the affidavit before age 6, which is in accordance with Arizona Revised Statutes.

REVIEW THE LAW

AFHE recommends that all parents review the Arizona state statutes regarding homeschooling prior to submitting your affidavit.

PROOF OF BIRTH

Proof of birth must be submitted with the notarized affidavit.  The most common proof of birth is the birth certificate.   Please note that a certified copy of the birth certificate (not a photocopy) must be submitted. Please refer to ARS §15-828 for other acceptable proofs of birth if a certified birth certificate is not available. The original birth certificate will be returned to you after the County School Superintendent's office has made a copy for their records. If you do not wish to send the affidavit and your child's birth certificate to the county by mail, you have the option to hand-deliver the documents and wait while the clerk makes a copy of the birth certificate for their file and returns the original to you at that time.

DELAY OF FORMAL EDUCATION

If you do not wish to begin formal education until your child is 8 years of age, note this on the Affidavit of Intent to Homeschool. The affidavit must be filed for children ages 6 and older even if the parent elects to delay formal education until the age of 8.

DO NOT FILE AN AFFIDAVIT OF INTENT FOR ESA STUDENTS

Parents who sign a contract to participate in an Empowerment Scholarship Account, shall not file an Affidavit of Intent to Homeschool for their ESA student. See additional information on the top right side of this page under DEFINITION OF A HOMESCHOOLER.

PROVIDE INSTRUCTION

Provide instruction in at least the subjects of reading, grammar, mathematics, social studies, and science.

MOVING TO ANOTHER AZ COUNTY

If a homeschooling family moves from one Arizona county to another, it is recommended that they notify the current county that they will no longer be homeschooling in that county, and the parent or legal guardian should file an Affidavit of Intent to Homeschool in the new county of residence along with the child's certified birth certificate or other accepted proof of birth.

TERMINATION OF HOME EDUCATION

The parent or legal guardian must notify the County School Superintendent within 30 days of terminating home education.

 

 

Arizona Homeschool Law Summary

HSLDA: Arizona Summary
HSLDA: Arizona - A Legal Analysis (pdf)

ARIZONA REVISED STATUTES REGARDING EDUCATION

Click on the links below to view the statutes directly from the State of Arizona website.

ARS §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.

 
DEFINITION OF A HOMESCHOOLER

Home education is best defined as parent-led, family-funded, relationship-based education of a child at 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.

CLARIFICATION REGARDING VIRTUAL CHARTER AND ESA CONTRACT STUDENTS

Virtual charter school students (public-school-at-home) and are not considered homeschoolers as defined by state statute or by the program itself.
ESA contract students (Empowerment Scholarship Account) are also not considered homeschoolers as classified by state statute and as defined by the program itself.

Parents should not file an Affidavit of Intent to Homeschool for students who are enrolled in a virtual charter school or who have an Empowerment Scholarship Account*.

*ARS 15-2402(B)(1) and (5) states: "To enroll a qualified student for an empowerment scholarship account, the parent of the qualified student must sign an agreement to do all of the following: ... Not file an affidavit of intent to homeschool pursuant to section 15-802, subsection B, paragraph 2 or 3.”
READ MORE

Articles

The Importance of Knowing Who We Are as Homeschoolers: Arizona Student Classifications
by Jon Callahan (AFHE Journal Winter 2013)

Not Your Father's Law: A Brief Account of Arizona Homeschool Law
by Tom Lewis (AFHE Journal Fall 2013)

County School Superintendents

The following list of county school superintendents was updated September 2014.

Homeschooling families are required to file an Affidavit of Intent to Homeschool within 30 days of starting to homeschool for children ages 6 to 16.  Please mail your Affidavit of Intent to Homeschool to the County School Superintendent for the county in which you live.

The list is provided as a reference for parents when filing an Affidavit of Intent to Homeschool with the County School Superintendent’s office. Many counties have their own version of the affidavit, which you may use if you wish.  It should be noted that using a specific/particular form is not required by law.  We encourage families to use the affidavit provided by AFHE as it includes only the information required by law and includes a privacy statement prohibiting the county from sharing information contained in the affidavit.

  • APACHE COUNTY
    - R. Barry Williams
    P.O. Box 548, St. Johns, AZ  85936
    928-337-7539
  • COCHISE COUNTY
    - Trudy Berry
    P.O. Drawer 208, Bisbee, AZ  85603
    520-432-8950
  • COCONINO COUNTY
    - Risha VanderWey
    2384 N. Steves Blvd., Flagstaff, AZ 86004 (physical address)
    110 E. Cherry Street, Flagstaff, AZ 86001 (mailing address)
    928-679-8070
  • GILA COUNTY
    - Dr. Linda O'Dell
    1400 E. Ash Street, Globe, AZ  85501
    928-425-3231  ext. 8784
  • GRAHAM COUNTY
    - Donna McGaughey
    921 Thatcher Blvd., Safford, AZ  85546
    928-428-2880
  • GREENLEE COUNTY
    - Thomas Powers
    253 5th St., PO Box 1595, Clifton, AZ  85533
    928-865-2822
  • LA PAZ COUNTY
    - Janice Shelton
    1112 Joshua Ave., Suite. 205, Parker, AZ  85344
    928-669-6183
  • MARICOPA COUNTY
    - Dr. Don Covey
    4041 N. Central Ave., Ste. 1200 Phoenix, AZ  85012
    602-506-3144
  • MOHAVE COUNTY
    - Mike File
    P.O. Box 7000, Kingman, AZ 86401
    928-753-0747
  • NAVAJO COUNTY
    - Linda Morrow
    P.O. Box 668, Holbrook, AZ 86025
    928-524-4204
  • PIMA COUNTY
    - Dr. Linda Arzoumanian
    130 W. Congress, DT-200NSTONE-1, Tucson, AZ  85701-1317
    520-740-8451
  • PINAL COUNTY
    - Jill Broussard
    75 N. Bailey St., Florence, AZ 85232
    520-866-6565
  • SANTA CRUZ COUNTY
    - Alfredo Velasquez
    2150 N. Congress Dr., Suite. 107 Nogales, AZ 85621
    520-375-7940
  • YAVAPAI COUNTY
    - Tim Carter
    2970 Centerpointe East Drive, Prescott, AZ 86301
    928-771-3326
  • YUMA COUNTY
    - Thomas Tyree
    210 S. First Ave. Yuma, AZ 85364
    928-329-2245