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Are you thinking about Homeschooling in Arizona?

Make sure you also check out our Frequently Asked Questions Post as well!

School work, kids schedules, work schedules, large class sizes and personalized education are just some of the reasons that people are thinking about homeschooling in Arizona. If you have contemplated it and are wondering more about it, I’m here to help!

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Some basics of homeschooling in Arizona

There are online schools that are actually public schools but aren’t considered traditional homeschooling, however the child will “school at home”. These programs use public funds (taxes) to pay for the materials to educate the child and must follow a curriculum similar to a traditional school.  Some people really love them, and some people really dislike them. As a parent, there is no need to sign an affidavit of intent to  homeschool for these online schools because they are still considered public schools

  • K12
  • Primavera
  • AZVA
  • Arizona Connections Academy

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Homeschooling in Arizona is identified as “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.”

Tax monies are not used for homeschool, nor can you get a credit for your taxes. However, there are Homeschool Empowerment Scholarpship Accounts that some homeschoolers may qualify for. 

Here are the Basics of the ESA to Qualify-

  • Opting out of public school, applicants can seek alternative services such as private schools, home based education, tutoring, or therapies using state funds
  • There are a lot of requirements and it is more stringent than regular homeschooling
  • Who is eligible?
    • Preschool students, K12 student with disability,
    • Student with parent who is Active Duty Military, 
    • Student with Parent who was Killed in the Line of Duty, 
    • Student with a Parent who is Legally Blind, Deaf or Hard of Hearing
    • Student attends D or F Rated School
    • Student resides within a Native American Reservation
    • Student is a sibling of a current or previous recipient
    • Student was a ward of a court
    • Student was a previous ESA Recipient
    • https://www.azed.gov/esa/eligibility-requirements/

 

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What is a Co-Op?

A “Co-Op” or Cooperative, is many different parents who trade teaching of each others children. Some Co-Ops will happen at a person’s home, or perhaps at a public places like a library. There may be many families involved of just a few. There may be a cost associated with it, or possibly no cost at all. Many large Homeschool Groups will have smaller co-ops, but not all members of a homeschool group need to be involved in a Co-op (Our family is not involved with a Co-op at this time).

Hybrid Homeschool Models

A hybrid Homeschool Model (and is also known in other terms) may be a classroom setting for part of the week and parent led lessons for the remainder of the week. Churches and grops often offer this to families for pay, but may have parent volunteers as well. Some of the hybrid homeschool options in the valley are

Options with Homeschooling

In Arizona, you must fill out paperwork around the time the child turns 6 years of age, and this does not necessarily correspond to the time they enter Kindergarten. Within 30 days of a child turning 6, the affidavit of intent to homeschool must be filled out if they are not attending school. You can put off teaching until they are 8 ( but you must fill that out on the affidavit of intent to homeschool form). In Maricopa County, you can either mail in the affidavit with the birth certificate or take it to the offices in Downtown Phoenix. The building actually has very little information on it, other than saying it is an IRS building on the window! It takes just a few minutes to have everything recorded and then you are on your way!

Things to know:

  • There is no checking in or explaining your curricula choices. You can really pick whatever you choose
  • There is no mandatory times required to school your child
  • There is no mandatory state testing
  • There is no mandatory umbrella school
  • There ARE a lot of groups, support and fun things to do with schools. AFHE (Arizona Families for Home Education) has a wide variety of groups listed, resources, a great convention for homeschoolers and a Facebook group for support. They are a Christian Organization, but accept secular families as well (know that praying and God First, Christian Values will be at each event).
  • There are a lot of homeschoolers in Arizona. Homeschoolers are not one type of person. There are lots of different types of families, ages, beliefs and education styles. You will find that there are very few people who do homeschooling the same way!
  • There are online homeschooling options. You do have to pay for these out of pocket, but there are all in one programs or you can pick and choose your curricula!
  • There are lots of businesses, museums and libraries that offer classes at low or no cost!
  • You can dual enroll your children in high school and college classes

Need more info? See our other posts!

Homeschooling Children with Special Needs

Myths of Homeschooling

Year Round Homeschooling

Why We Homeschool

How do I Put my child back in Public School after Homeschooling?

Tips for the New Homeschooler

 

11 Comments

  1. Avatar Heather on May 6, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    Hi Vicki, Thanks for the info about homeschooling in AZ. I’m a teacher in Surprise and I’d love to help out with homeschooling groups. I’ve thought about offering drop-in classes, tutoring, small group classes, curriculum help for parents, etc. Feel free to contact me or pass along my info if you think someone would benefit.

  2. Avatar Sarah Hoffman on November 23, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    Hi Vicki!
    We also have a homeschool hybrid option in Wickenburg, available to the West Valley.
    Qualified teachers at half the price

    http://Www.QWEducation.com
    Check us out on FB and Google maps.

    • Vicki Vicki on November 27, 2018 at 11:27 am

      Awesome! thank you for this!

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  4. Avatar Jovana Jones on March 26, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    This was super informative!!

    I am looking to relocate to AZ. My teens will be in 10th and 12th grade. I would like for them to do dual enrollmemt and participate in activities such as sports, music, and art.
    I am also interested in prom and graduation for them too.

    Can you share some areas you’d recommend to live in as well?

    Thanks in advance.

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  6. Avatar Angela Carter on February 21, 2020 at 3:31 pm

    Hello I’m a single parent flight attendant mom. I’m planning on relocating to Arizona. Need advice on home schooling my soon to 11 year old son. He will be headed to the 6th grade. Help. 😁

    • Vicki Vicki on February 22, 2020 at 7:09 pm

      Hi Angela
      Can you email me more information at Vicki@surpriseazmom.com on what you are looking for?

  7. Avatar Simone on February 25, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    You mentioned business, museums, and libraries that offer classes at low or no cost. Do you have a blog post sharing what some of those are?

    • Vicki Vicki on March 2, 2021 at 3:33 pm

      Hi, we put up the events and offerings when they are available. Because of C19, things haven’t really been available as much.

  8. Avatar Katrina Perez on March 30, 2021 at 9:42 am

    Hi Vicki, thanks for the information. One thing I’m confused (as a new homeschooling mom) is how do I prove (or do I prove) that my child is on grade level. I ask because one of my kids was behind in regular school and was behind at least one grade because he was sick and had a really hard time catching up. If he gets to the point that he wants to be back at the school, how does he show that he is on grade level?

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