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Home Education in Arizona

Be sure to file an Affidavit of Intent to Homeschool within 30 days of starting homeschooling.  Arizona Families for Home Education has guidelines and other information to help you get started.


NOTE: The information provided is a guideline. It is important for all parents to understand the statutes, procedures, policies, and/or guidelines in their home state and do what is necessary to comply with them. Find out the law in your state.



Home Education Resources and Support Groups

Families have been educating their children at home for years.  You don't need to start from scratch! 

Start with our Home Education Resources where you'll find links to curriculum, materials, teaching methods, answers to common questions about home education, step-by-step suggestions and creative options, and links to national organizations. Our goal is to share some of the best and most popular materials and resources.

You are not alone! There are many support groups in your area who have suggestions for teaching individual subjects, outlines of teaching methods, special needs links, activities, events, and much, much more.

We also have links below to the major home education organizations in Arizona. You can find more support groups at their websites.

 



Private Schools

Use the National Center for Education Statistics to find a private school in your area - just enter your city!  This useful database has many ways to search, provides stats such as grade levels of schools, student population, contact info for schools.



Laws and Standards

For the best understanding on the law and how to read it, we recommend National Home Education Legal Defense (NHELD). Once you read their site, you'll know why they are your vanguards of true legal freedom.  Here is an excerpt from NHELD:

 

Parents educate their children for a variety of reasons in a variety of ways. However, there is one thing that is crucial for all parents, the need to be free so that they are able to educate in the manner in which they choose in the best interest of their children. Together, we can and must retain this freedom; without freedom, there is only one choice: government schooling. That is not acceptable.

 

We also have links to the laws regarding education (from the AFHE website) and educational standards (from Developing Educational Standards)



If you feel that your group is not properly represented below - or if you know of a group that should be listed in one of our categories - or if you find a broken link - please let us know.  Thank you!


    
ORGANIZATIONS

You may want to start with the main home education organization in your state.


Arizona Families for Home Education (AFHE)
P.O. Box 2035, Chandler, AZ 85244-2035
Phone:  (602) 235-2673
Email:  questions@afhe.org

A statewide organization that serves the needs and protects the rights of Arizona's homeschooling families.   AFHE is a non-profit educational corporation directed by a Christian Board.  AFHE membership is open to all homeschooling parents in Arizona.



Home Education Network of Arizona (HENA)
2340 E. Glade Avenue, Mesa, AZ 85204

Phone:  (602) 692-8923

Email:  hena@hena.us

 

An inclusive statewide organization that respects, values, and finds strength in diversity.  HENA is neutral in matters of religion and partisan politics and respects otherís educational choices.  HENAís mission is to create an environment in which all home educating families in Arizona can share resources, find support, and build community.



Covenant Home School Resource Center (CHSRC)

1117 E. Devonshire Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85014

Phone:  602-277-3497

Email:  info@chsrc.org

 

Our purpose is to provide parents with resources, confidence, access to opportunities, and training to enable them to excel in home schooling their children.


 



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SUPPORT GROUPS


A Heart 4 Learning

Contact:  DeAnna Ahart, (623) 242-7904
Email:  aheart4learning-owner@yahoogroups.com
We are here to help one another along this journey of home educating our children. We encourage one another at this group site, at weekly Park Day meetings, field trips, classes, workshops and more.  No dues.

Area:  West Buckeye


Apache County Home Educators

Contact:  Pamela Olliff

Email:  ACHEducators@gmail.com

We aim to offer fun & educational activities for families and children of all ages. We are of different backgrounds, religions, and cultures, and use many different methods & theories. Come join us and discover the wonderful support available to you and your children as you journey through homeschooling!  No dues.

Area:  Apache County

 

Arizona Christian Homeschoolers

Contact:  Anne Stone, (623) 561-8535
Email:  arizonachristianhomeschoolers@cox.net
Support Egroup
We are a Christian, non-denominational homeschool support group.  We desire to create a warm and welcoming experience by providing a fun-filled day at the park, a monthly newsletter, multiple social activities for each and every member of your family, field trips, support for the new homeschool family with new-comer meetings, and a yearbook for those who want one.  $25 annual dues.

Area:  Northwest Valley

Arizona Jewish Homeschoolers

Email:  AZJHS-owner@yahoogroups.com

A discussion forum and information exchange for homeschooling and unschooling Jewish educators/parents (or those just thinking about it). It should serve as a means to discuss issues unique to the Arizona Jewish homeschool environment, and a means by which friendships may be formed, events will be planned, and joint homeschool activities may be held.  No dues.

Area:  Greater Phoenix area


Arizona Liber Association of Families (AzLAF)
Contact:  Rachel Keppner, (480) 969-3262
Email:  libermama@gmail.com
An Arizona-based, homeschooling organization for families, designed to facilitate the Thomas Jefferson Education model through seminars, forums, family events, colloquia, and children's clubs.  We believe that the best place for these principles to be applied is in the home.  $10 annual dues.

Area:  Mesa, Phoenix, Pima/Safford, and White Mountains area

Buckeye Valley Home Educators

Email:  BVHE-owner@yahoogroups.com

A Christian based homeschool support group offering monthly support meetings, fieldtrips, P.E. through Athletes in Training, mom's night out, and a yahoo group.

Area:  Buckeye Valley


Desert Hills Christian Homeschoolers

Contact:  Rich & Teri Olsen
Email:  dhch@dhch.org
One of the oldest homeschool support groups in Arizona, DHCH seeks to provide adult members with the opportunity for fellowship and emotional support, and mentoring; field trips, special events, homeschool lending library, resource packets, e-mail group, newsletter and event calendar.  No dues.

Area:  Far North Valley/Desert Foothills

East Valley Educators

Contact:  Julie Thalman
Email:  ajhomeschool@gmail.com

Support group for families educating their children at home. We believe in the importance of family and our right to educate our children at home in the way we feel is best.  No dues.

Area:  East Valley

East Valley Homeschooled Teens

Contact:  Becky Harris
Email:  jblsc@cox.net

Inclusive group formed to provide social activities for homeschooled teens and tweens - approximate ages 12-16.  No dues.

Area:  East Valley

Eastside Explorers

Email janetnevins@cox.net
Membership is open to all and brings opportunities for networking with other home schooling parents, activities for moms and children, and educational opportunities for all within a Judeo-Christian framework.  Main events include park days, spelling bee, track & field day, art fair, field trips, science fair, graduation ceremony and more!  Professionally-published yearbook.  $35 annual fee includes insurance at all events.

Area:  Northeast region of Phoenix metro area

Fellowship for Inspiring and Supporting Homeschoolers (FISH)

Contact:  Colleen Ellis, (928) 303-9662
Email:  mommy_n_co@yahoo.com
We are a Christian group, but all are welcome!  We are an informal, friendly group meeting weekly for different activities such as mom's coffee, craft day, park day, field trips, etc.  We have a monthly business meeting.

Area:  Kingman

Gila Valley Home Educators

Contact:  Shayla Imrich, (928) 965-7711

Email:  GVHE-owner@yahoogroups.com

Our goal is to keep home educating families informed of field trip opportunities, curriculum discounts and trades, changes in home school laws, field days and other outdoor activities, spelling bees, science fairs and much more. This group is open to all religious and non-religious families.   No dues.

Area:  Gila Valley

Hualapai Hills Home Schoolers (HHHS)

Contact: Robynne Mieding
Email: rmieding@yahoo.com
HHHS is a Christian-based group offering encouragement and support to homeschooling families.  We provide educational resources, monthly meetings and field trips, workshops, service projects, educational group activities, a lending library and fresh ideas that will keep you motivated on your homeschooling journey.  $25 annual dues.

Area:  Mohave County

Indigo Home Learners

Contact: Tammy
Email: tammymbayers@msn.com
Our focus is not on religion or politics, but simply homeschooling and supporting the homeschooling families that are members of our group with friends, fun and good times.  Annual dues $25.

Area:  Serving Phoenix, Glendale, Peoria and surrounding cities

JOY Homeschool Group

Contact:  Michelle, (623) 972-4211
Email: joyhomeschoolgroup@yahoo.com
We are a Christ-centered support group welcoming all ages and grade levels. Activities include park days with P.E. available, monthly educational and cultural field trips, a Christmas program, science fair, grade promotion ceremony, and many other aditional social and educational activities.  $30 registration fee.

Area:  Northwest Phoenix area

Learning Together

Contact: Tiffany, (520) 876-0211
Email:  jatiharroald@msn.com
Coolidge's first year-round homeschool group.  We offer bi-weekly park days, field trips, Mom's Night Out, family nights and a lot more.

Area:  Coolidge

Mi C.A.S.A. Homeschoolers (Central Arizona Support and Activities)

Contact:  Tiffany Dietrich, (520) 836-8084
Email:  info@micasahomeschoolers.org
We are a Christian-based homeschool group serving Casa Grande and surrounding areas. Activities include park days, field trips, phys-ed, sewing, theatre, special annual events, Mom's Night Out.  $25 annual dues.
Area:  Casa Grande and surrounding areas

North Scottsdale Homeschoolers

Contact:  JoAnn Lemm

Email:  joanndlemm@hotmail.com

Support group for single parents and working parents who homeschool.  No dues.

Area:  Scottsdale


Northside Home Educators

Contact:  Wendy Ayala, (623) 551-0920

Email:  cayala1@cox.net

Cooperative support group open to all homeschooling families who are looking for a wide variety of educational opportunities and activities.  Field trips, co-op classes, PE, workshops, etc.  No dues.

Area:  Anthem, New River, Black Canyon City, Tramanto, Cave Creek and surrounding areas

Rainbow Explorers

Contact:  Courtney Walton, 623) 205-9883
Email: scwalton@cox.net
A Christian homeschool support group serving African-American families.  The chance to get to know other African-American homeschooling families, fun and educational field trips, access to a resource library.  No dues.

Area:  Greater Phoenix area

Raising Hearts Towards Heaven

Contact: Susan Pickett
Email: homeschoolmotherof6@msn.com
Our focus is on building friendships and offering support and encouragement as we travel this adventure in life together.  This group is Christian based, but all are welcome.  Activities include twice monthly park days and field trips.  Membership is restricted to families actively homeschooling. No dues.

Area:  East Valley, primarily East Mesa and Apache Junction

Sacred Heart Home Educators

Contact:  Clare Willis
Email:  Willisclare@aol.com

Support Egroup

Valleywide Catholic group with field trips, Opening Mass and Potluck, All Saints Day Party, picnics, PE, activities, Park Day, and more.  $15 membership fee.

Area:  Greater Phoenix area

West Side Home Educators

Email:  wshe-owner@yahoogroups.com

This group is for dues-paying members.  It is established as a forum for the posting of items/events of interest to our members or for questions/discussions with other homeschoolers who live in our area.  $20 annual dues.

Area:  Peoria, Glendale, North Phoenix, Surprise, and other West Valley communities.


    
COOPERATIVES

East Valley Christian Home Educators

Phone:  (602) 280-9280
Email:  evche@evche.org
Our purpose is to encourage and support Christian families educating their children at home without government intervention, oversight, or control.  EVCHE is designed to function as a CO-OP to support, inform and provide opportunities for Biblical and educational excellence. Members come together to build up the family of God as we form lasting friendships for our children and ourselves.  Annual fees.

Area:  East Valley


Summit View Homeschool Cooperative

Email tracey@summitviewhomeschoolers.com
A parent-run, inclusive secular group providing encouragement and support. We offer park days, field trips, group co-op classes, enrichment clubs, a family bbq, dances, a spelling bee, a science fair, a recognition ceremony, family retreat, Moms' Nights Out, and more.  $20 annual fee.

Area:  Phoenix East Valley area

Valleywide Home Educators

Contact:  Carma
Email: vhe-facilitators@cox.net
VHE is a cooperative group with no religious bias. We offer activities for all ages and have an active teen group. Activities include park days, clubs and classes, field trips and other group activities.  $20 annual fee.

Area:  Greater Phoenix area


West Valley Christian Home Educators

Email: contact@wvchristianhomeschoolers.org
Weekly academic co-op classes, park day and PE co-op.  Monthly field trips and community service opportunities.  Yearbook, recognition night, and yearly holiday parties.  $25 annual dues.

Area:  Southwest Valley cities of Avondale, Goodyear Buckeye, Tonopah and Litchfield Park.

    
WEBSITES

Happily Educating ouR Own (HERO)

Contact: James and Nancy Manos
Email: nancy@happilyeducatingourown.org
An internet-based network for Christian homeschooling families in Arizona's East Valley and beyond.  This is not a support group.


    
SPECIALTY GROUPS


Arizona H.E.A.T.
Contact:  Bill Martin, (602) 997-4263

Email:  info@azheat.org

We are a homeschool competitive sports organization in the sports of Volleyball, Basketball, Track, Golf, and Soccer. We aim to provide a well-rounded Christian atmosphere for homeschooled students ages 9-18 as they participate in sports.   No dues.

Area:  Greater Phoenix area


Athletes in Training

Contact:  (602) 995-8877

Email:  AIT@Athletesintraining.com
PE, soccer, flag football, baseball, basketball, field hockey, water games, homeschool leagues!

Area:  Phoenix

Eta Sigma Alpha, Omicron Beta Chapter in Phoenix

Contact: Leslie Jensen
Email: jensenkin@cox.net
The Omicron Beta Chapter provides opportunities for leadership and experience with formal meeting procedures, as well as an opportunity to develop friendships. Service activities allow members to serve their local community. Meetings are held at Grand Canyon University where ESA members have FREE access to GCU's enrollment department for assistance with scholarship searches and generating professional-looking high school transcripts.

Area:  Phoenix

Knowledge House Scholars

Contact: Teri Olsen
Email: info@knowledgehouse.info
The purpose of Eta Sigma Alpha National Home School Honor Society shall be to recognize and encourage scholarship among home school students; provide opportunities for the development of leadership and service; encourage the development of an intellectual climate that will stimulate the exchange of ideas and ideals, foster scholarship, and promote academic excellence.

Area:  Far North Valley-Desert Foothills


MoezArt Productions, Inc.

Phone:  (480) 201-4637
Email:  inquiries@moezartproductions.com
We are a Christian, nondenominational, non-profit educational theatre arts company that offers many classes in theatre, literature and English.

Area:  Glendale, Avondale, Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, and the Mesa/Tempe/Chandler areas.


Resources for Health Roots & Shoots

Contact: Anne Goldfeld, (480) 282-8488
Email: rootsandshoots@cox.net
Roots & Shoots is Jane Goodallís global program for youth, fostering care and compassion for the environment, animals, and the human community through service learning projects. We meet weekly for projects, field trips, and activities. We are an inclusive group.

Area:  Scottsdale

Spotlight Theater Ministries

Contact: Barbara Worman, (490) 813-7330
Email: spotlightministries@juno.com
This is a Christian non-denominational ministry to homeschoolers, in which we do character-building edifying plays for homeschool students and audiences.

Area:  East Valley

 



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