If you live in Arizona and want to home school your child, you will enjoy many home school freedoms and little regulation.
How 'bout a little homeschool humor?
Some amusing Arizona sayings I found for you. Skip them if you don't have a sense of humor! :)
You know you're an Arizona native when you think Taco Bell is the local phone company. ~Emma Louise Philabaum, quoted in You Know You're an Arizona Native, When... compiled by Don Dedera, 1993
A hundred ten in the shade is sorta hot, but you don't have to shovel it off your driveway. ~Author Unknown
Mmmmm... I live in Michigan, good point.
I can't resist adding this one...
You know you live in Phoenix when you've experienced condensation on your butt cheeks from the hot water evaporating in the toilet bowl. ~Author Unknown
All rightie then... onto Arizona home school information...
Setting up Your Home School
Arizona home school families must submit an affidavit of intent to home school, to the county superintendent within thirty days after starting to home school. You need to file an affidavit if your child is between the ages of 6 to 16.
Should you decide to stop home schooling, you will also need to submit notification with your county superintendent.
Other than filing an affidavit, you have no other homeschooling requirements to fulfill.
It's important to know and keep up to date with your state’s current home schooling laws. You will find complete details by visiting the Arizona Dept. of Education website (http://www.azleg.state.az.us/ars/15/00802.htm) or one of the support groups below.
You will also find the affidavit to submit to your district by visiting your county’s website. (http://www.ade.az.gov/resources/hs.asp)
I was pleasantly surprised to find a "homeschooling tip for the day" on the Maricopa county website. That's pretty homeschool friendly!
Support for You!
Most of the time, state support groups keep-up-to-date on bills and laws that affect home schooling, lobby on your behalf and organize events like a home school convention once or twice a year.
For support and encouragement, you will find a couple of statewide Arizona support groups:
Arizona Families for Home Education (AFHE)
If you prefer an Inclusive Statewide Group:
Home Education Network of Arizona (HENA)
Membership Fee = $10 per year
Choosing a Support Group
Support groups are not all the same... discover the wide variety and uniqueness of each before choosing a homeschool support group for your family.
Home School Convention Shopping Secrets
Although home school conventions can be a great source of support and encouragement, they can also be extremely overwhelming!
Make the most of your home school convention experience, save money and invest only in the materials that are best suited for your children... and you!