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Homeschooling in Arizona

Instructor: Kimberly Elliott

Kimberly teaches college humanities and has a master's degree in humanities.

Homeschooling is an option for families desiring an alternative to public or private education, whether for moral, religious, or academic reasons. Beginning the homeschool journey, however, can be a daunting experience. Read on to get the information you'll need to start homeschooling your child in the Grand Canyon State.

Getting Started

In Arizona, if you wish to homeschool your student, you'll need to notify your county's school superintendant, via an affidavit, around a month ahead of time. Keep in mind that state law requires your child to begin attending school once he or she turns six, though you can defer schooling until the age of eight as long as you submit the necessary paperwork.

If you move to another county, or decide to send your child to public or private schooling before he or she reaches the age of 16, you'll also need to file the necessary paperwork a month in advance.

Selecting a Course Curriculum

Arizona state law requires students to take courses in English language arts and the social sciences. They must also receive instruction in math and science. However, the state does not require a specific sequence, curriculum, or method of instruction. Homeschooled students in Arizona are also not subject to the same standardized testing requirements as public school students.

When planning your child's curriculum, consider the resources available on Study.com. Courses cover a wide range of subjects and grade levels and can provide your children with a comprehensive, yet engaging, education.

Here is a selection of elementary courses. Each includes entertaining lessons and mastery-based quizzes to assess student learning:

You'll also find a diverse offering of courses for middle school students. Here are just a few:

For high school students, there are standard and advanced placement (A.P.) courses, including:

Participating in Public School Athletics

Students who are homeschooled are allowed to try out for sports and other interscholastic activities at their local public school, as long as they meet the same age or physical requirements as enrolled students. You'll need to submit grade or progress reports to public school officials for verification of your child's academic progress before he or she is allowed to participate.

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