The best way for school-averse students to get out of school is to homeschool. No, this doesn’t automatically mean your mom is the teacher and there’s a chalkboard in your living room. All it really means is that your parents (instead of the school) assume direct responsibility for your education. This can take many forms, but is constrained by homeschooling laws. Different states have different rules regarding how homeschooling students must be educated.
If you’re a school-averse student living in Arizona, you’re in luck.
Arizona may very well be the best state in the U.S. for school-averse students thanks to its relaxed homeschooling laws. The benefits are two-fold:
1. It’s easy to transfer to homeschool.
In Arizona, all you need to begin homeschooling is to file an affidavit of intent to homeschool with your county superintendent within 30 days of starting to homeschool.
That piece of paper (and the associated documents) is your Ticket out of School.
Your parents do not need to do anything else. They don’t need to file another affidavit ever again, unless you go back to school and then go back to homeschooling. They are not required to have a teaching certification as is required in some other states. They are not required to prove you have a curriculum or a room in your house to be the classroom or anything of that sort. All that is needed is the affidavit.
2. You get more autonomy.
ARS § 15-802 requires every Arizona student between the ages of 6 and 16 to receive instruction in “at least the subjects of reading, grammar, mathematics, social studies and science.” Because the law does not prescribe any particular way of giving this instruction, parents are free to educate their kids any way they wish.
This means once you are legally homeschooled, you can do anything your parents will let you.
If your parents are supportive, this means you get to decide how you’ll learn. If you want to pursue self-directed learning, this is the best situation to be in. Because your parents are not required to actually teach you, they don’t even need to be home to homeschool you. If your parents trust you enough, you can do unschooling, a type of homeschooling where you decide what to learn and how to learn it.