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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

U.S. News & World Report has recognized a dozen schools in the award-winning Litchfield Elementary School District as the best in the nation.

U.S. News & World Report has recognized twelve schools in the award-winning Litchfield Elementary School District as the best in the nation:

Best Elementary Schools

  • Corte Sierra Elementary School
  • Dreaming Summit Elementary 

  • Litchfield Elementary School

  • Mabel Padgett Elementary School 

  • Palm Valley Elementary School

  • Scott L Libby Elementary School  

  • Verrado Elementary School

  • Verrado Heritage Elementary School

 Best Middle Schools

  •  L. Thomas Heck Middle School 
  • Verrado Middle School 

  • Western Sky Middle School

  • Wigwam Creek Middle School 


Superintendent Jodi Gunning said, “Our teachers and staff work incredibly hard to ensure educational excellence for all students. We are humbled by this prestigious honor.”

U.S. News & World Report analyzed student performance in math and reading on standardized tests for tens of thousands schools. The schools that are in the top 30% of ranked schools in their state are eligible for the Best Elementary or Best Middle School Award Recognition. 

“We have been providing quality education in this growing community for more than a century. This recognition serves as a powerful reminder that our expertise and commitment are truly making a difference in the lives of the 11,000 children we are privileged to serve.”

About Litchfield Elementary School District

Litchfield Elementary School District is one of Arizona’s highest performing elementary districts. With 17 schools in four cities (Avondale, Buckeye, Goodyear, and Litchfield Park), the District enjoys a stellar reputation rooted in more than a century of educational excellence. As one of the largest employers in the Southwest Valley, Litchfield Elementary School District prides itself on A+ schools, award-winning teachers, low administrative costs, and a highly engaged community. The West Valley View honored LESD as the 2021 Best School District, Best Place to Work, and Best Preschool.