Arizona Homeschool/Public School Question

by Marie
(Chandler, AZ)

Hi,

I am thinking about homeschooling. Right now my daughter attends 7th grade at a Chandler Junior High. If I homeschool next year, can she still attend a class or two for social interaction? Thank you.
Marie

Hi Marie,
In Arizona, the decision whether or not your daughter can take a public school class is decided by the school district. You will need to contact the Chandler school district office to get their policies on accepting homeschooled students into public school courses, and any requirements that may be expected.

The Arizona statue states: "Section A. Notwithstanding any other law, a child who resides within the attendance area of a public school and who is instructed at home shall be allowed to try out for interscholastic activities on behalf of the public school in the same manner as a pupil who is enrolled in that public school. Registration, age eligibility requirements, fees, insurance, transportation, physical condition, qualifications, responsibilities, event schedules, standards of behavior and performance policies for home schooled students shall be consistent with those policies established for students enrolled in that public school. The individual providing the primary instruction of a child who is instructed at home shall submit written verification that provides: 1. Whether the student is receiving a passing grade in each course or subject being taught. 2. Whether the student is maintaining satisfactory progress towards advancement or promotion. Section B. A child who is instructed at home and who was previously enrolled in a school shall be ineligible to participate in interscholastic activities for the remainder of the school year during which the child was enrolled in a school."

You can find contact information here: http://www.chandler.k12.az.us/site/default.aspx?PageID=1

If you do decide to homeschool your daughter but the school district does not allow her to some classes at the public school, you can look for a homeschool co-op or enrichment program in your area. Many families join a co-op so that their children can meet and interact other kids, take classes that are difficult to teach in a home setting, or the parent doesn't feel qualified to teach, such as high school chemistry, physics, etc.

There are many groups and opportunities for homeschoolers in your area! Check out this directory of homeschool resources
provided by the Mariposa County Education Service Agency.

If you have any other homeschool questions, please do not hesitate to ask!
Blessings,
Heather


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