Private schools are nonpublic institutions, other than the child's home, where academic instruction is provided for at least the same number of days and hours each year as a public school.
Under Arizona law (ARS 15-161), private schools are free to operate as they see fit without the supervision of state or local education authorities.
However, private schools are required to meet certain guidelines regarding special education services and health & safety requirements.
If a child will attend a private school, the parent or person with custody of the child must file an affidavit of intent form with the County Superintendent of Schools registering that intent within 30 days from the time the child begins to attend a private school.
An official certified copy of the child’s birth certificate or other reliable proof of the child’s identity and age shall also be filed in the county school superintendent’s office. (ARS §15-828.3.B). Photocopies of the original birth certificate are not acceptable.
The County Superintendent must also be notified within 30 days of the termination of private schooling. Download the withdrawal form. If private schooling is resumed, another affidavit of intent must be filed with the County Superintendent.
PRIVATE SCHOOLS LIST
For a list of private schools, click here.