General regulations

  • Arizona has no accreditation, licensing, or approval requirements.

  • The US Office of Innovation & Improvement has assembled summary of regulations for private schools in Arizona.

  • Arizona defines home schooling as a school conducted primarily by the parent, guardian or other person who has custody of the child or instruction provided in the child’s home, so in most cases, a private school is not able to take advantage of registering as a home school.

  • Arizona does not have any specific insurance requirements for schools

Education regulations and resources for starting a private school in the state of Arizona

State funding sources & support

Arizona provides the following funding for private education:


Curriculum requirements

Arizona requires that all students receive instruction in reading, grammar, mathematics, social studies and science.


Teacher certification & hiring

Teacher certification is not required for private schools.


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Food services / school lunch

In Arizona, school lunch requirements, including funding for schools offering the National School Lunch Program, are managed by the Health and Nutrition Services division of the Department of Education.


Length of school year

In order to meet school attendance requirements, private school students must attend school for the full time school is in session in the local school district.


Recordkeeping and reports

Private schools must keep records and report on student age, enrollment status, and immunization records. Schools are also responsible for requesting student academic records from their previous schools.


Health and safety requirements

Students must be vaccinated unless they meet exemption criteria. The fire marshal is responsible for establishing programs for evacuating school buildings and instructing students in private schools on the importance of fire prevention and control. Private schools must also provide safety equipment, such as protective eyewear, for students participating in labs or other hazardous educational activities.


Transportation

There are no state policies regarding private school transportation


Testing

There are no mandated testing requirements for private school students.


State and regional associations

  • Arizona Association of Independent Schools: The Arizona Association of Independent Schools (AAIS) represents 10 member schools state wide unified by a common mission--to promote high standards, educational quality, and ethics as a banner of education in the state of Arizona through professional development, outreach and advocacy. 

  • Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools: The Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools serves 112 Episcopal schools, richly diverse in location, size and scope, throughout the states of Arizona, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas.

  • Independent Schools Association of the Southwest: ISAS promotes, upholds, and advances the highest educational and professional standards for the region’s independent schools.

  • Arizona School Tuition Organization Association: ASTOA's mission is to promote and advance School Choice by mentoring, unifying, and supporting Arizona School Tuition Organizations (STO’s) in the mission of providing private school scholarships to children attending K – 12 schools. 


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Disclaimer

We've done our best to pull together current and accurate information. Even so, there may be omissions or mistakes or content that needs to be updated. If you have recommendations for any resources or corrections, we appreciate your input so we can continue to improve this guide for everyone. 

Nothing in this guide should be construed as legal, business, or tax advice. It is important that you engage qualified professionals who can advise you on such matters, and please visit the Department of Education pages for your state to verify you are in compliance with all regulations.


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