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A Tax Credit, which is the dollar-for dollar reduction of your tax liability, is better than a tax deduction, which only reduces your taxable income before taxes are computed.

Instead of sending all your state taxes to the State of Arizona, you can make a contribution to a public school. A.R.S. §43-1089.01 allows taxpayers a TAX CREDIT  up to $200.00 for “Single” or “Head of Household” tax filers and up to $400.00 for “Married Couple Filing a Joint Return” when contributing to EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES in public schools. This gives you the opportunity to help your local school. The tax credit is available to all taxpayers, regardless of whether they have children in school. It would be advisable to consult your tax advisor regarding your specific tax status.


Extracurricular activity means any optional, non-credit educational or competitive school sponsored activity that supplements the education program of the school. Activities such as sports, visual and performing arts, field trips, outdoor education or character education programs can be funded with tax credit money. Extracurricular activities do not include any events that are recreational, amusement or tourist activities.

You may select which school and which program you would like to support. The amount of the tax credit you take does not have to be for the total allowance. You can make a difference in our schools with just $50.00, $75.00, or $100.00. In addition, the credit may be split between one or more schools and/or one or more programs. 


Complete the attached form and return to the school of your choice by April 15, 2020 or mail to the District Office prior to April 15, 2020 in order to take it off your State of Arizona taxes at the time you file for 2019. Arizona Tax Credit Donation Form
Create an online payment by going to this link  

It is easy! The District will provide you with a receipt verifying that you have contributed to an eligible extracurricular activity.

For more information contact Wendy Taylor at the District Office, 623-535-6000.

When you provide a check as payment, you authorize the Litchfield Elementary School District (LESD) either to use information from your check to make a one-time electronic fund transfer from your account or to process the payment as a check transaction

Middle School Parent Resources

Welcome to Middle School

Middle school is a critical and transformative time in every student's life, and we're here to provide you with valuable insights and information to help navigate this exciting journey. Whether you are a student, parent, or educator, understanding what to expect during the middle school years can make the experience more rewarding and enjoyable. Let's explore some key aspects of the middle school experience:

Academic Challenges:
Middle school introduces students to a more diverse and rigorous curriculum compared to elementary school. They will have different subjects like math, science, language arts, social studies, and the opportunity to select their own electives. There is a possibility of increase in homework and a need for improved time management skills.

Changing Social Dynamics:
During middle school, students experience significant social changes. Friendships may shift, and new groups may form. Peer pressure can become more prominent, so fostering open communication with your child about their social experiences is essential.

Developing Independence:
Middle school is a time when students begin to develop their independence. They'll have more responsibilities, such as managing their schedules, organizing assignments, and advocating for themselves with teachers and staff.

Extracurricular Activities:
Encourage your child to participate in extracurricular activities that interest them. These activities provide opportunities for personal growth, leadership development, and building strong friendships outside the classroom.

School Transitions:
For many students, middle school means transitioning from a small, familiar elementary school to a larger campus with new teachers and classmates. The adjustment can be challenging, but our schools and teachers will provide support as students acclimate.

Increased Responsibility:
Middle school students are expected to be more responsible for their actions and learning. LESD students will switch classes between periods and juggle multiple assignments, requiring organizational skills and time management.

Addressing Bullying:
Unfortunately, bullying can sometimes be an issue during the middle school years. If you are worried about bullying please reach out to your school principal or advisor for support. Additional information can be found here: Bullying, Harassment & Intimidation Policy

Personal Growth:
Middle school is a time for self-discovery and personal growth. Encourage your child to explore their interests, hobbies, and passions. Building a sense of self-confidence and identity is essential during this phase.

Remember, every child's middle school experience is unique. Some may embrace the changes with enthusiasm, while others may find it more challenging. As parents and educators, our role is to support and guide them through this transformative time, helping them become well-rounded individuals prepared for the journey ahead. We're here to help you and your child make the most of this incredible phase in their educational journey!

Thank you for choosing Litchfield Elementary School District!