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In Arizona, you have more options than you may think…

Brick & Mortar Public Schools

Compulsory Attendance

Your child’s age is your first indicator of his or her eligibility for beginning school. Students may start kindergarten if they turn five on or before August 31. A child does not have to enroll in school at age five, but must enroll no later than his or her sixth birthday.  see more >

Required Documentation

Arizona school districts set the requirements for what documentation is required prior to enrolling a student in their district. To get that information, contact the district directly here.

Some legal documents are required for Arizona students to attend school:

  • Immunization records (or proof that immunization is not required for the child). Click here to view the immunization requirements.
  • Proof of Residency – Families must provide two proofs of residency. (Evidence may include landlord-tenant agreements, rent receipts, and utility receipts. Acceptable: Gas, electric, water, notarized statement from owner/renter Not Acceptable: Phone, Cable)
  • Certified State Birth Certificate
  • Withdrawal Form from Previous School
  • Current Transcript

School Fees

Paying some fees is a part of public education, though it is primarily a free education. Students are expected to supply their own basic school supplies such as paper, pencils, and notebooks. Each district has a list of approved expenditures for students. Fee waiver forms can be requested from the school if there is a situation that prevents a family from being able to pay for required materials or events.

Some typical items on that list include:

  • Lunch
  • Summer school
  • Student parking passes (high school)
  • Lost textbooks
  • Late or lost library books
  • Field trips
  • Special class-required fees (e.g., science lab fees)

Public Charter Schools

What are Charter Schools?

Charter Schools are tuition-free public schools operated by independent, non-profit governing bodies.

Parents, teachers, and community leaders sign a “charter” or contract with a school district or state agency to create a charter school and give students more educational options than their assigned school. Charter schools have flexibility over classroom hours, curriculum, and employment policies, but are subject to periodic reviews based on student performance. In Arizona, public charter school students are measured against the same academic standards as students in other public schools. Local boards of education monitor the academic and financial performance of charter schools, and, can revoke  or refuse to renew a school’s charter.

Arizona Charter Schools

For an entire list on Arizona charter schools go to Arizona Charter Schools Association website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions about charters can be found at the Arizona Charter Schools Association.  


Most charter schools do not have attendance zones. If you are interested in applying for your child, you must apply directly to the school. The application and selection process can be quite complicated. Make sure to contact the school early to determine the correct next steps to applying.

Virtual Public Schools

In Arizona, thousands of children attend school online in virtual classrooms with state certified teachers.  Some virtual programs are open to in-district students only, while others have enrollment open to students across the state.

AGAVE Distance Learning

phone: (520) 232-8600
grades: 7–12

Amphi Academy at Cross

phone: (520) 696-5169
grades: 6-8

Amphi Academy Online

phone: (520) 696-5169
grades: 9–12

Arizona Connections Academy

phone: (480) 782-5842
grades: K–12

Arizona iZone Institute

phone: (928) 634-2288
grades: K–12

Arizona Virtual Academy

phone: (866) 339-4946
grades: K–12

 AUHS Online Academy

phone: (928) 785-4041
grades: 9–12

BUHSD Institute of Online Learning

phone: (623) 386-9701
grades: 9–12

Chandler Online Academy

phone: (480) 812-7190
grades: 7–12


phone: (928) 768-1665
grades: 9–12

Deer Valley Online Learning Program

phone: (623) 445-5000
grades: 9–12

Flowing Wells Digital Campus

phone: (520) 696-8905
grades: 7–12

Gilbert Global Academy

phone: (480) 507-1476
grades: 7–12

Glendale Union High School District Online Learning Academy

phone: (623) 435-7300
grades: 9–12


phone: (623) 876-7000
grades: K–12

Marana Distance Learning

phone: (520) 352-7012
grades: K–12

Mesa Distance Learning Program

phone: (480) 472-7285
grades: K–12

Northern Arizona Distance Learning

phone: (928) 220-0461
grades: 7–12

Peoria Unified eCampus Virtual High School

phone: (623) 486-6000
grades: 9–12

Phoenix Public Library’s (PPL) Career Online High School

phone: (602) 261-8847
grades: adults age 21+

Pinnacle Charter School

phone: (888) 746- 3301
grades: 6–12

Primavera Online High School

phone: (480) 456-6678
grades: 7–12

pvONLINE School

phone: (602) 449-2450
grades: K–12

San Pedro Valley Online Academy

phone: (520) 720-6726
grades: 6–12

Scottsdale Online Learning

phone: (480) 484-6897
grades: K–12

Sunnyside Online Success Academy

phone: (520) 545-2016
grades: 9–12

Tempe Union Online Learning

phone: (480) 839-0292
grades: 9–12

Vail Digital Learning Program

phone: (520) 879-1908
grades: 6–12

Yuma District One Digital Learning Academy

phone: (928) 502-4394
grades: 1–8

Yuma Online Distance Academy

phone: (928) 502-4600
grades: 9–12

Private Schools

What makes a school “private”?

Private schools charge tuition, and many have a religious mission. Some private schools offer families assistance to make tuition payments. Click below for the complete list of over 200 private schools across the state.

Private School Review offers free, detailed information on U.S. private schools combined with useful community data (e.g., housing costs) and maps of the surrounding areas.

*Information on non-public school admission requirements should be obtained from the school directly.


If you would like to send your child to a private school, scholarship assistance may be available to you through one of the many school tuition organizations (STOs) in Arizona. STOs use individual and corporate contributions to provide scholarships to families in Arizona to use for private school tuition for grades K-12. Many of these scholarships are based on financial need, and each scholarship organization has a separate application process. Scholarships are also available for preschool children attending a preschool for handicapped children from contributions made for individual tax credits. Individuals and corporations in Arizona can take a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for contributions to STOs.

The Arizona Department of Revenue is required to certify STOs on the basis of mandatory requirements and maintain a public registry of currently certified STOs.

STOs certified to receive corporate tax credit donations are limited to students with financial need.

STOs certified to receive individual tax credit donations have broader eligibility requirements.

A detailed explanation of school tuition organization requirements for each of three possible credit/donation programs can be found in a Guideline for School Tuition Organizations.

For other STOs check out these websites:

Arizona School Tuition Organization Assosiation

Arizona Community Foundation

The Arizona Private Education Scholarship Fund, Inc. (APESF).

Educational Choice Programs

An Educational Savings Account or Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) is an account similar to a checking account with 90% of the state funding that would have been received by the school the child previously attended.

For more information on policy change or to get involved in the school choice movement in Indiana visit EdChoice.

Private Virtual Schools

George Washington University Online High School is an online college preparatory academy for motivated students who are willing to be challenged to become the best students and persons they can be. Combining award-winning curriculum with small class sizes and intensive college counseling, students receive a flexible, individualized education attuned to their own needs and goals.

International Academy is a K12, Inc accredited, online private school for grades K–12. Students earn a U.S. high school diploma while using award-winning K¹² curriculum

They offer extensive, individualized academic and counseling support keep students on track. The flexibility allows students to explore their passions. Full-time and part-time options are available.

International Connections Academy is a fully-accredited, online, college preparatory private school serving K–12 students worldwide. The program combines a top-rated curriculum with talented teachers, cutting-edge technology, the flexibility to learn at home, and direct family involvement to ensure each student realizes his or her full potential.

The Keystone School offers flexible education programs for high school and middle school students. Whether your student wants to study full-time or just needs individual classes, they offer more than 170 courses from credit recovery to world languages and AP. Students can enroll at any time.

Home Education

Your options

In Arizona, parents have the option to educate their children at home. Below are  necessary requirements for each option.  learn more >


  1. File and Affidavit of Intent. The parent or guardian must file a one-time affidavit of intent to homeschool with the county school superintendent within 30 days of beginning to homeschool in the county. The affidavit must include: the child’s name, date of birth, the address of the school the child is currently attending (if any), as well as the names, telephone numbers, and addresses of the persons who currently have custody of the child.
  2. Provide a certified copy of the child’s birth certificate.
  3. Teach the required subjects. You must include reading, grammar, math, social studies, and science in your homeschool curriculum.
  4. File a letter of termination. If you decide to stop homeschooling, or move out of the county, you should submit a letter of termination to the county superintendent of schools within 30 days of ending your homeschool program.
Home School Legal Defense Alliance

visit the HSLDA website >

Coalition for Responsible Home Education

visit the coalition’s website >

Support Groups

Arizona has many homeschool associations that offer classes, curriculum, advising, sports, clubs, socials and recreation. Check out your local support groups here.

Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment courses are offered on a high school campus or joint technical education district campus through an agreement or contract between a school district/charter school and a community college district governing board.

Concurrent Enrollment

Concurrent Enrollment courses are offered on a college campus.More information on Dual and Concurrent Enrollment can be found here.

Course Fees

For courses offered at postsecondary campuses: Unless the student’s high school or postsecondary institution has volunteered to pay the tuition, tuition is the responsibility of the student/parent.

For community college courses offered at high schools, the agreement or contract between the school district/charter school and community college district must specify student tuition and financial aid policies, including if scholarships or grants are awarded to dual enrollment students.

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