Starting a Private School in Arizona
Regulations, Resources, & Support
Arizona State 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
State Funding Sources & Support
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.
Food Services / 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 & 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.
Healthy & 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.
There are no state policies regarding private school transportation.
There are no mandated testing requirements for private school students.
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