COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE AGES
Every child between the ages of six (6) and sixteen (16) years shall attend a school and shall be provided instruction in at least the subjects of reading, grammar, mathematics, social studies, and science. The person who has custody of the child shall choose a public, private, charter, or home school as defined in A.R.S. 15-802 to provide instruction.
The parent or person who has custody of the child shall do the following:
● If the child will attend a public, private, or charter school, enroll the child and ensure that the child attends the public, private, or charter school for the full time that school is in session. If the child attends a school that is operated on a year-around basis, the child shall regularly attend during school sessions that total not less than one hundred eighty (180) school days or two hundred (200) school days, as applicable, or the equivalent as approved by the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
● If the child will attend a private school or home school, file an affidavit of intent with the County School Superintendent stating that the child is attending a regularly organized private school or is being provided instruction in a home school, in accord with A.R.S. 15-802.
● If the child will attend home school, the child has not reached eight (8) years of age by September 1 of the school year, and the person who has custody of the child does not desire to begin home instruction until the child has reached eight (8) years of age, file an affidavit of intent pursuant to A.R.S. 15-802 stating that the person who has custody of the child does not desire to begin home school instruction.
A person is excused from the duties prescribed above if it is shown to the satisfaction of the school principal or the school principal's designee:
● The child is in such physical or mental condition that attendance at a public school is inexpedient or impracticable.
● The child has completed the high school courses necessary for completion of grade ten (10) as prescribed by the State Board of Education.
● The child has presented reasons for nonattendance at a public school which are satisfactory to the school principal or the school principal's designee. For purposes of this paragraph, the principal's designee may be the School District Governing Board.
● The child is over fourteen (14) years of age and is, with the consent of the person who has custody of the child, employed at some lawful wage-earning occupation.
● The child is an enrollee in a work training, career education, vocational, or manual training program that meets the educational standards established and approved by the Department of Education.
● The child was either suspended and not directed to participate in an alternative education program or expelled from school as provided in law.
● The child is enrolled in an education program provided by a state educational or other institution.