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Arizona Department of Education
1535 West Jefferson Street, Phoenix

Maricopa County public school registration usually occurs in late spring, but it is also possible to register in late summer and on the day school opens. Additionally valley school offices are open for registration two weeks before the school year begins. All school registration will take place at the school your child will be attending. You will need the following for registration; a current immunization record and proof of age (such as a legal birth certificate or baptismal record). A detailed account with the month, day, and year of each immunization must be provided and the form must be signed by a physician.

As mentioned, Arizona law requires evidence of up-to-date immunizations for entry into kindergarten and first grade. To enter kindergarten, a child must be at least five years of age prior to September 1 of the current school year (or at least six years of age on or before September 1 for first grade). If immunizations are incomplete, parents are given a 15 day period after enrollment to present proof of complete immunization records. All schools must provide proof that each student has received the required immunizations or that the child is exempt. Another requirement before first grade admission is a health checkup within 18 months, and no later than 90 days after entering first grade. For more information or answers to your specific questions on education in Arizona, contact the following:

Arizona Partnership for Immunization
700 East Jefferson Street Suite 100, Phoenix

Performance Indicators
The state of Arizona administers national achievement tests to monitor the effectiveness of public education and to locate strengths and weaknesses in the schools current curriculum. Grade level will determine participation in the AIMS (Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards), NAEP National Assessment of Educational Programs,  the Stanford Achievement Test (Stanford 9) or the Alternate State Achievement Test or ASAT, . For more testing information on school, district or state, contact:

Assessment & Accountability
Arizona Department of Education
1535 West Jefferson Street, Phoenix


Arizona Charter Schools Association
1825 East Northern Avenue, Phoenix



The Department of Education provides a full range of programs for gifted and talented students as well as those with handicaps and disabilities. All Arizona school districts are required under federal and state laws and regulations to ensure that handicapped students receive a free appropriate public education that includes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs. If some services are not provided by your school district, it is possible that no students have required that particular service or another agency is meeting the need. For answers to specific questions or more information, contact the following offices:

Exceptional Student Services
3300 North Central Avenue, Phoenix

Gifted Education Office



Arizona Centers for Comprehensive Education & Life Skills
Metro Campus
10251 North 35th Avenue, Phoenix

East Campus
1430 East Baseline Road, Mesa

BISTA Center
1430 East Baseline Road, Mesa

Adult Services
3310 West Cheryl Drive

Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
3100 East Roosevelt, Phoenix

Devereux Arizona
11000 North Scottsdale Road Suite 260, Scottsdale

Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind
1200 West Speedway Blvd, Tucson

Upward Foundation’s Developmental Achievement Center
6306 North 7th Street, Phoenix

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