Private School Regulation
Recordkeeping/Reports: On enrollment, private schools must
maintain a copy of reliable proof of the pupil's identity and age, e.g. birth
certificate or baptismal certificate, in the pupil's file. Any inaccurate
or suspicious affidavit must be reported to the local law enforcement agency.
Within 5 days of a request, private schools must forward a copy of a transferring
pupil's record, notwithstanding any financial debt owed by the pupil. Ariz.
Rev. Stat. Ann § 15-828A, C, E, F.
By November 30 of each school year, private schools must report the following
to the health department and the department of health services on forms provided:
1) the number of pupils immunized/or who have submitted laboratory evidence
of immunity; 2) the number of students with incomplete immunization; 3) the
number of students exempt from immunization. Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 15-874D.
Parents enrolling students in private schools must file an affidavit with
the county superintendent stating that the student is attending a school for
the full-time that the schools in the school district are in session and the
name and address of the school that the child is attending. Ariz. Rev. Stat.
Ann. § 15-802B.2.
The superintendent of public instruction must make an annual report to the
governor and state legislature of the number of children attending private
schools. Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 15-255.
Length of School Year/Days: To comply with the Arizona compulsory
school attendance statute, private school students must attend school for the
full time school is in session in the local school district. Ariz. Rev. Stat.
Ann. § 15-802B.2.
Discrimination: See Special Education.
Special Education: School districts or county school superintendents
may contract with private schools to provide education and related services
for public school students with disabilities. Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 15-765D.
Arizona provides vouchers for special education students publicly placed in
private special education facilities providing 24-hour residential care. Private
schools accepting vouchers may not discriminate on the basis of race, religion,
creed, color, national origin or disability. Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 15-1184.
Health: Children are not allowed to attend school without
submitting documentary proof of immunization to the school administrator, unless
they are exempt under §15-873, or in the process of immunization. Ariz.
Rev. Stat. Ann. § 15-872.
Safety: The fire marshall is responsible for establishing
programs for evacuating school buildings and instructing students in private
schools on the importance of fire preventions and control. Ariz. Rev. Stat.
Ann. § § 41-2165; 2163A.4.
Arizona requires students, teachers, and visitors in private schools to wear
eye protective ware while participating or observing certain educational activities
in vocational, technical, industrial arts, art or laboratory science. Private
or parochial schools must equip their schools with the appropriate eye protective
ware. Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 15-151.
Arizona places additional criminal penalties on persons convicted of selling
illegal drugs in a drug free school zone. The administrative officer of a nonpublic
school shall place and maintain signs identifying the school and its grounds
as a drug free school zone. Illegal drug transactions observed by school personnel
must be reported. School records of alleged student violations must be made
available to the peace officer upon written request. Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 13-3411.
Home Schooling: Parents or guardians are required to file
an affidavit of home schooling with the county school superintendent in the
county in which they live within 30 days of beginning to home school their
child. There are no annual testing requirements. If a child returns to a public
school, the parent is again obligated to report this change of placement to
the county school superintendent within 30 days. Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 15-802,
Public Aid for Private Schools/Private School Students: Arizona
allows a state tax credit of up to $500 for "voluntary cash contributions made?to
a school tuition organization", which is defined as a 501(c)(3) organization
that "allocates at least 90 percent of its annual revenue for education scholarships
or tuition grants to children" to allow them to attend the school of their
choice, including private and/or parochial schools. Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 43-1089.
No public money or property may be appropriated or applied to any religious
instruction or support of any religious establishment. Arizona Const. Art.
2, Sec. 12. No tax may be laid or appropriation of public money made in aid
of any private or sectarian school. Arizona Const. Art. 9, Sec. 7. The state
school fund may only be apportioned for public education. Arizona Const. Art.
11, Sec. 8.
Property of educational, charitable and religious associations or institutions
not used or held for profit may be exempt from taxation by law. Arizona Const.
Art. 9, Sec. 2.
Private schools may participate in school meal programs offered by the state
and through federal assistance programs. Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. §15-1151.