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Every homeless student shall have access to the same free and appropriate educational opportunities as students who are not homeless. This commitment to the educational rights of homeless children, youth, and unaccompanied youth applies to all services, programs, and activities provided or made available. Sonoran Schools will ensure that a homeless child or youth is able to enroll in school immediately regardless of their ability to provide the proper documentation for enrollment by following the requirements of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.

Rights of Homeless Students (pdf)
Parent Information (English pdf)
Parent Information (Spanish pdf)
School-Age Youth Information (English pdf)
School-Age Youth Information (Spanish pdf)
Additional Resources for Parents and Youth (link to website)

The Homeless Liaison for all Sonoran Schools is:
Steven Boardman
[email protected]
(480) 940-5440

The State Homeless Education Program Coordinator is:
Rita Rodriguez
(602) 542-4963
[email protected]

If you are reading this page in a language other than English and need translation help to complete an application, please email: [email protected].

For any individual who cannot submit an online application due to a disability or other reason, Sonoran Schools accepts paper applications. Please contact the school to receive a paper application or for additional support.

This School is a Title I school and participates in the National School Lunch Program.

The following provides brief information on frequently asked questions about enrollment.

 Frequently Asked Questions


All Sonoran Schools are public schools, sponsored by the Arizona State Board of Charter Schools, and open to all Arizona residents, subject to available capacity. Sonoran Schools will admit all students, on a space-available basis, will not charge tuition, and will not discriminate in its admissions on the basis of ethnicity, national origin, gender, income level, disability condition, proficiency in the English language, athletic ability, or any other status or characteristic prohibited by state or federal law.

Level of Priority for Incoming Students

Re-enrolling students and their siblings (if any) are given first priority for the seats available for the following year. Pursuant to A.R.S. §15-184, the School will also give enrollment preference to the sibling(s) of students selected through the lottery; the children and grandchildren of faculty, staff, or governing board members of any Sonoran School; siblings of current students at another Sonoran School; and students who attended another Sonoran School the previous school year.

Year-Round Enrollment

Sonoran Schools enrolls year-round during each school year, assuming that space is available at the desired school and applicable grade level. Sonoran Schools also holds Open Enrollment for prospective students for the next school year at a specified time each year.

Waiting List

A waiting list will be created once all available slots at a specific Sonoran School and grade level have been filled (and the lotteries, if needed, have already taken place). A student’s placement on the waiting list will be based on the date/time of receipt of a complete application packet.

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment is the period prior to the start of the next school year when any parent/guardian can submit an application for their child for the upcoming school year. The Open Enrollment period for the 2024-2025 school year is November 1, 2023 through January 10, 2024. In addition to new applicants, applicants waitlisted but not admitted from the previous year should apply, as waitlisted applications do not roll over from one school year to the next. All applications are treated equally during the Open Enrollment Period. No seats, other than those allowed by statute, are reserved during this period. Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. on January 10, 2024 to be included in the Open Enrollment period. Applications received after the Open Enrollment period will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis and will be placed behind applications received during Open Enrollment.  Each application received after the Open Enrollment period is time and date stamped, for documentation, upon receipt.  If you wish to apply to more than one Sonoran School, you must complete a separate application for each School site.


At the conclusion of the Open Enrollment period, an electronic, random selection lottery shall be held for seats in any grade level where the number of openings available for the next school year is less than the number of applications received for that grade level during the Open Enrollment period, taking into consideration the enrollment priorities allowed by Arizona law and implemented by the School. The number of openings per grade available is determined on an individual School basis, with each of the Sonoran Schools holding a separate lottery, as needed.  The students selected by lottery for the available seats will be notified by email, phone or mail. The lottery for the 2024-2025 school year will be held on January 16, 2024.

Age Requirement

Incoming Kindergartners must be 5 years old by September 1st of the year that they are attending kindergarten. As allowed by state law, we conditionally accept children with late birthdays (Sept. 1-Dec. 31 ONLY) based on a child’s readiness to attend school. In order to assist the School with determining whether early enrollment into kindergarten is in the child’s best interests, Sonoran Schools requires the child to participate in Kindergarten Readiness Testing. Sonoran Schools utilizes the Brigance© Early Childhood Screen III (Brigance A. H., 2013) to assist in predicting the success of a student seeking early entrance to kindergarten.  The determination regarding whether early enrollment is in a child’s best interests shall be within Sonoran Schools’ sole discretion.  All Kindergarten Readiness Testing for late birthdays is scheduled once a complete application is submitted.  The School will charge a nonrefundable $40 assessment fee, due prior to the assessment, for testing early entrance readiness.  The assessment will take up to one hour to complete.

1st graders must be 6 years old by September 1st of the year that they are attending 1st grade. As allowed by state law, we conditionally accept children with late birthdays (Sept. 1-Dec. 31 ONLY) based on the child’s readiness to attend school and whether early admission is in the child’s best interests.  In making that determination, which shall be within Sonoran Schools’ sole discretion, the School shall consult with the parents, child, teachers and school administration.


All Sonoran Schools (except Sonoran Virtual Academy) require students to wear uniforms. Sonoran Virtual Academy students are expected to follow the general dress code policies as stated in the Parent-Student Handbook. Uniforms are available to purchase online on the PARENTS page of each school’s website.

High School Graduation Requirements

All Sonoran Schools provide a rigorous STEM and college-preparation based high school education that adequately prepares students for college and career paths. In addition to the state of Arizona’s minimum graduation requirements, our high school students must earn two credits of foreign language in the same language, two technology credits, and one credit of Physical Education. Students are also required to complete a minimum of twenty hours of community service.

Because of these graduation requirements, students who transfer into a Sonoran Schools’ high school after beginning high school elsewhere or during a school year may find it is not possible for them to complete a course they started at another school, due to the course not being offered by Sonoran Schools or the lack of capacity for new students in an on-going course. This may affect the student’s ability to graduate timely. Depending on when a student transfers, a student may also find that they cannot complete our minimum requirements for graduation; this also may affect the student’s ability to graduate timely.  Students and their parents/guardians are expected to understand these graduation requirements and to analyze the student’s current and potential time to graduation if they transfer to a Sonoran Schools’ high school.  By enrolling at a high school, students and their parents/guardians agree and understand that students must complete Sonoran’s graduation requirements regardless of when they enroll.

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Call SSA Phoenix: 602-244-9855

If you are reading this page in a language other than English and need translation help to complete an application, please email: [email protected].

We are delighted that you are interested in our school. If you have any questions, please email us at: [email protected].

Learn About SSA Phoenix

Our Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) curriculum

Our AVID Program

Competitive extracurriculars, including robotics

Regular use of accurate and effective assessment

Our graduation rate and college acceptance rate.

School Information Sessions

  • January 18 2024, at 4:00 p.m.
  • February 27, at 5:00 p.m.
  • March 22, at 1:00 p.m.
  • March 27, at 4:30 p.m. *Kinder Info & Registration
  • April 23, at 5:00 p.m. *Kinder Info & Registration
  • May 10, at 1:00 p.m. *Kinder Info & Registration
  • May 18, at 9:00 a.m.

In June and July 2024, tours will be offered Monday through Thursday, from 9;00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

If you are interested in enrolling your child for the current school year, please complete the RSVP form and someone will contact you shortly.

Interested in our school but none of the Info Session dates work for you? Walk-in tours are available.

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