How to File an Affidavit of Intent to Homeschool in Arizona

Parents of homeschooled students ages 6-16 are required to file a notarized Affidavit of Intent to Homeschool with the County School Superintendent within 30 days of starting to homeschool (or within 30 days following the child’s 6th birthday for children who’ve been homeschooled prior to age 6). Please mail your Affidavit of Intent to Homeschool to the County School Superintendent for the county in which you live.

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. Do not file the affidavit for children under age 6 or over the age of 16 as these students are outside of compulsory education age and the County only accept affidavits for homeschooled students ages 6 to 16.

5 Steps to Filing Your Affidavit of Intent to Homeschool

Download Affidavit

Complete an Affidavit of Intent to Homeschool for each child who is between the ages of 6 and 16.

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Get It Notarized

Sign the affidavit in the presence of a Notary Public. Make a copy for your records.

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Submit proof of Birth

The affidavit must be accompanied by a certified birth certificate. The County will return the original to you after a copy is made.

Deliver to the county

Mail or hand deliver the affidavit and birth certificate to the County School SuperIntendent’s office.

Get Started Homeschooling

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

Submit the Affidavit to Your County Superintendent

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.

Superintendent contact information and links updated May 2018

Find your county to the left. Click the county to find contact information.

Affidavit Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to show 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 must be submitted (not a photocopy). Please refer to ARS §15-828 for other acceptable proofs of birth if a certified birth certificate is not available. The original/certified 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.

Can I delay formal education?

You have the option to delay the start of formal education until your child is 8 years of age by noting so 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.

Can I homeschool children under 6?

We are often asked if you can homeschool a child under the age of 6. The answer is yes, you can. Many families begin homeschooling for preschool and kindergarten. Once the child turns 6, file the Affidavit of Intent to Homeschool within 30 days of their birthday.

Should I file an affidavit for an Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) Student?

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 above under definition of a homeschooler.

What do I need to teach my child?

By filing the Affidavit of Intent to Homeschool, the parent is agreeing to instruction in at least the subjects of reading, grammar, mathematics, social studies, and science. There are no reporting or standardized testing requirements for homeschoolers in Arizona, however filing the Affidavit fraudulently or failing to provide instruction is a class 3 misdeameanor [ARS 15-802 E.]. (Unless exempt in ARS 15-802 or 15-803.)

I’m moving to another county in Arizona. Do I need to file a new affidavit?

If a homeschooling family moves from one Arizona county to another, the parent or legal guardian must 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. Notify the previous county in writing that you are no longer homeschooling in that county.

What if I decide to stop homeschooling?

If you enroll your child in a public school, charter school, virtual public school, or private school (including hybrid private schools), the parent or legal guardian must notify the County School Superintendent within 30 days of termination of homeschooling. We recommend doing so in writing.

What if I choose to enroll my child in public school?

Should you decide to enroll your child in a public school after he/she has been homeschooled, the school will test your child to determine grade level placement pursuant to ARS 15-745.

Please note, a public high school will not accept homeschool credits toward an accredited diploma issued through the school. We have heard many sad stories of families who enrolled their previously homeschooled student in a public high school in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade and were told they had to enroll as a freshman in order to receive a diploma.

We encourage families to explore the option of homeschooling through high school, which can be a rich and rewarding experience preparing the student well for college, the military, or the marketplace. If you decide to enroll your child in a public school for high school, you may consider doing so by 9th grade to avoid credit issues for their diploma.

What if I homeschool on a reservation?

A parent homeschooling their child while living on a Native American Reservation should file the Affidavit of Intent to Homeschool with the County School Superintendent’s office as normal. While Native American tribes are sovereign, they fall under the compulsory attendance/compulsory education law of the state.

Review the Law

AFHE recommends that all parents review the Arizona state statutes regarding homeschooling prior to submitting your affidavit.
Learn more about the Arizona Law in regards to Homeschooling
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