State Profiles

Arizona’s Sex Education Snapshot

The State of Sex Education

Advocates have actively worked to advance sex education in Arizona,  and to defeat restrictive legislation over the past several years. In 2021, House Bill 2251 was introduced by Representative Pamela Powers Hannley in an effort to change Arizona’s “opt-in” policy to an “opt-out” policy and mandate sex education to be both medically accurate and comprehensive. This bill, however, ultimately failed to pass committee. The bill was reintroduced in the 2022 legislative session as House Bill 2192.

Despite these positive efforts, House Bill 2035 was introduced by Representative Gail Griffin (R-14) and enacted on July 9. The provision now further defines the responsibility of parents to provide written permission for their children to participate in sex education instruction, or broader instruction related to sexuality, in public and charter schools and prevents students in grades 1-5 from participating in sex education. 

In the current 2022 legislative session, Senate Bill 1691 has been introduced by State Senator Sally Gonzalez. It aims to reverse HB 2035’s opt-in requirement and create guidelines for comprehensive sex education program in grades K-12.

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, schools statewide  reported  mixed success in implementing virtual sex education programming. While some schools had been successful in allowing outside educators to provide virtual sex education programming, other districts reported that they had temporarily paused sex education programming as a whole in light of the challenges in switching to virtual learning. As a result, the number of young people receiving sex education across the state dramatically decreased.

Local control over sex education presents unique challenges that have resulted in a glaring disparity regarding the quality of sex education that students receive. Such discretion allows for the implementation of policies and curriculum that stigmatize marginalized youth, such as students of color and LGBTQ youth, and presents further challenges in ensuring that low income districts have access to the resources needed to implement comprehensive sex education. One 2015 study found that Native people in Arizona experience higher rates of adverse health outcomes compared to non-native people, demonstrating a critical need for a curriculum that is culturally responsive to the needs of young people of color, and Native youth in particular.

Organizations such as Planned Parenthood of Arizona have attempted to address the current gaps in sex education instruction by offering support and training for educators interested in implementing comprehensive programs in their schools through their SHARE (Sexual Health and Responsible Education) initiative. Moreover, they have worked to advance several sex education bills and build coalition with university students statewide to increase advocacy efforts.

Right now, advocates can take action to ensure young people in their community have access to quality sex education. Particularly, advocates can invest in local school board races to elect strong advocates for comprehensive sex education. In addition, they can build coalitions to advance positive narratives about sex education that center Native youth and push for a statewide opt-out policy. Advocates can also contact their local school board to determine what topics are missing from sex education instruction, such as instruction on consent, sexual orientation and gender identity, and contraceptives. They can then vocalize the important need for advancing instruction requirements in their community. Advocates are encouraged to take action on pending legislation that seeks to advance or restrict the principles of comprehensive sex education. For a current overview of pending legislation, see table below. Additionally, reach out to EducateUs to get connected to local advocacy groups. Further, advocates can contact their representatives to discuss the critical need for advancing comprehensive sex education requirements and allocating additional funding to support districts in implementing more advanced curriculum. Advocates are encouraged to use the SIECUS Community Action Toolkit to guide local efforts.

State Sex Education Policies and Requirements at a Glance

  • Arizona schools are not required to teach sex education or HIV education.
    • If a school chooses to teach sex education, it must stress abstinence.
  • If sex education is offered, curriculum is not required to include instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • If sex education is offered, curriculum is not required to include instruction on consent.
  • Parents or guardians must provide written permission for their children to participate in sex education. This is referred to as an “opt-in” policy.
  • If sex education is offered, curriculum must be medically accurate.

State House Highlights

This section highlights sex education bills that were introduced during the 2021 state legislative session as well as bills that have been introduced thus far in 2022. These proposed bills provide a brief overview of both recent and current legislative action taken to advance or restrict sex education. For a more comprehensive look at relevant legislation concerning sex education and related topics such as reproductive health care, LGBTQ rights, racial equity and justice, parental rights, bullying and harassment, mental health, assault and violence prevention, and HIV/STIs as it impacts youth, continue reading on to the “State Legislative Activity” section of Arizona’s profile.

2022 Legislative Session

House Bill 2637 (pending): Divests state funding but prohibits it from going to organizations that donate or invest in other organizations that facilitate or advocate for abortions for minors or advocate or facilitate the instruction of “sexually explicit material” in K-12

House Bill 2061 (pending): Establishes the rights of parents to review all sex education curriculum before providing written permission.

Senate Bill 1691 (pending): Changes from an opt in to opt out system of enrollment in sex ed. Requires schools to provide sex education that is medically accurate and age appropriate in grades K-12. Establishes guidelines for sex education curriculum to include healthy relationships, communication skills, consent, LGBTQ+ inclusivity. Requires Board of Education to develop minimum standards and training for instructors of sex education

House Bill 2192 (pending): Changes from an opt in to opt out system for enrollment in sex education and requires sex education to be medically accurate and comprehensive

Senate Bill 1044 (pending): Restricts the Department of Health from entering into any contract administering PREP or SRAE funding to entities that perform or promote abortion care.

House Bill 2285 (pending): Reaffirms the parental right to opt-in to sex education or AIDS education.

2021 Legislative Session

House Bill 2035 (enacted): Requires parents and guardians to provide their written consent prior to their children receiving sex education. This is referred to as an “opt-in” requirement. Aims to prohibit the provision of sex education prior to grade 5, and requires sex education curriculum to be available for parental review. Prior to school districts implementing their own sex education curriculum, parents and guardians must have a meaningful opportunity to provide their input on the proposed curriculum.

House Bill 2184 (failed): Sought to further define the responsibility of parents in providing permission for their children to participate in sex education, require charter schools adopt an “opt-in” policy, outline additional requirements for amending sex education curriculum, and prohibits sex education from being taught to students in grades 1-6.

House Bill 2251 (failed): Sought to replace Arizona’s “opt-in” policy with an “opt out” policy. Would require sex education to be medically accurate and comprehensive.

House Bill 2647 (failed): Sought to require all school districts and charter schools to provide medically accurate and age-appropriate sex education instruction that includes instruction on consent, healthy relationships, and populations that historically have been more vulnerable to sexual abuse and assault, including LGBTQ individuals and people with disabilities. If successful, will also replace Arizona’s “opt-in” policy with an “opt out” policy.

Senate Bill 1340 (failed): Sought to require all school districts and charter schools to provide medically accurate and age-appropriate sex education instruction that includes instruction on consent, healthy relationships, and populations that historically have been more vulnerable to sexual abuse and assault, including LGBTQ individuals and people with disabilities. If successful, will also replace Arizona’s “opt-in” policy with an “opt out” policy.

Senate Bill 1456 (failed): Sought to require parents and guardians to provide written permission prior to their children receiving sex education or instruction on gender identity or gender expression. This is referred to as an “opt-in” requirement. Would further prohibit instruction on HIV/AIDS prior to fifth grade.


More on sex ed in Arizona…


State Law

Arizona law does not require schools to teach sex education or HIV education. However, Arizona Revised Statutes §§ 15-711, 15-716, and 15-102 state that if a school chooses to teach these topics, instruction must be age-appropriate, include instruction on the laws relating to sexual conduct with a minor (grades 7-12), and stress abstinence. Further, if a school chooses to teach HIV education, such instruction must be medically accurate.

Arizona Administrative Code R7-2-303 states that schools may “provide a specific elective lesson or lessons concerning sex education as a supplement to the health course of study.” Schools that choose to provide sex education must have the lessons approved by the school’s local governing board. All sex education materials and instruction that discuss sexual intercourse must:

  1. Stress that pupils should abstain from sexual intercourse until they are mature adults;
  2. Emphasize that abstinence from sexual intercourse is the only method for avoiding pregnancy that is 100% effective;
  3. Stress that sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) have severe consequences and constitute a serious and widespread public health problem;
  4. Include a discussion of the possible emotional and psychological consequences of pre-adolescent and adolescent sexual intercourse and the consequences of pre-adolescent and adolescent pregnancy; and
  5. Advise pupils of Arizona law pertaining to the financial responsibilities of parenting and legal liabilities related to sexual intercourse with a minor.

In Arizona, parents or guardians must provide written permission for the child to participate in sex education. This is referred to as an “opt-in” policy.

Further, after the enactment of House Bill 2035, Arizona Revised Statutes 15-711 Sec. A prohibits instruction in sex education prior to fifth grade.

State Standards

Arizona has Health Education Standards in place that provide a foundation for curricula in the state for grades K-12. Although concepts related to sexuality are not specifically mentioned in the standards, “disease prevention” is included.

State Legislative Activity

State legislative activity related to sex education does not take place in isolation from the broader embroiled political and policy climate. Attacks on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning (LGBTQ) individuals, attempts to restrict or prohibit instruction on “divisive concepts” such as Critical Race Theory, and efforts to limit access to abortion care and other reproductive health care services prevent students from receiving comprehensive sex education and accessing sexual and reproductive health care services. Below are highlights of current legislative activity related to these topics. Arizona’s 2022 session convened on January 10, 2022. 

TitleDescriptionStatusLegislative Topic
Senate Bill 1412Prohibits instruction on Divisive ConceptsFailed; Passed Senate (2022)Racial Equity & Justicehttps://www.azleg.gov/legtext/55leg/2r/bills/sb1412h.htm
House Bill 2293States that public schools may not require teachers or staff to use students pronounsDead; House Second Read (2022)Sexual Orientation & Gender Identityhttps://www.billtrack50.com/billdetail/1423627
House Bill 2314Requires schools to only allow students to utilize restrooms and school facilities according to their biological sexDead; House Second Read (2022)Sexual Orientation & Gender Identityhttps://legiscan.com/AZ/text/HB2314/id/2477885/Arizona-2022-HB2314-Introduced.html
Senate Bill 1130Prohibits medical professionals from providing gender affirming care to minorsDead; Senate Second Read (2022)Sexual Orientation & Gender Identityhttps://www.azleg.gov/legtext/55leg/2R/bills/SB1130P.htm
Senate Bill 1046Requires that students are classified on sports teams based upon biological sex which would effectively targets transgender students from being able to participate in school sportsDead (2022)Sexual Orientation & Gender Identityhttps://www.azleg.gov/legtext/55leg/2R/bills/SB1046P.htm
House Bill 2495Prohibits schools from using or referring students to sexually explicit material. Exempt if the school acquires parental consent to distribute such materials.Enacted (2022)Sexually Explicit Materialshttps://www.azleg.gov/legtext/55leg/2R/bills/HB2495H.htm
House Bill 2824Prohibits conversion therapy in minorsFailed (2022)Sexual Orientation & Gender Identityhttps://www.azleg.gov/legtext/55leg/2R/bills/HB2824P.htm
Senate Bill 1691Amends to allow parents ability to withdraw student from sex education, changing from opt in to opt out. Requires schools to provide sex education that is medically accurate and age appropriate in grades K-12. Establishes guidelines for sex education curriculum to include healthy relationships, communication skills, consent, LGBTQ+ inclusivity. Requires Board of Education to develop minimum standards and training for instructors of sex edDead; Senate Second Read (2022)Parental Rights & Curriculum Transparencyhttps://www.azleg.gov/legtext/55leg/2R/bills/SB1691P.htm
Senate Bill 1540Prohibits approval of textbooks that reflect adversely on persons on the basis of their race, ethnicity, sex, religion, disability, nationality, sexual orientation, or gender identityDead; Senate Second Read (2022)Parental Rights & Curriculum Transparencyhttps://www.azleg.gov/legtext/55leg/2R/bills/SB1540P.htm
Senate Bill 1510Amends definition of bullying and requires charter schools to enforce anti-bullying policiesDead (2022)Bullying & Harassmenthttps://www.azleg.gov/legtext/55leg/2R/bills/SB1510P.htm
Senate Bill 1511Prohibits conversion therapy in minorsDead (2022)Sexual Orientation & Gender Identityhttps://www.azleg.gov/legtext/55leg/2R/bills/SB1511P.htm
House Bill 2634Prohibits approval of textbooks that reflect adversely on persons on the basis of their race, ethnicity, sex, religion, disability, nationality, sexual orientation, or gender identityFailed (2022)Parental Rights & Curriculum Transparencyhttps://www.azleg.gov/legtext/55leg/2R/bills/HB2634P.htm
House Bill 2637Divests state funding but prohibits it from going to organizations that donate or invest in other organizations that facilitate or advocate for abortions for minors or advocate or facilitate the instruction of "sexually explicit material" in K-12Failed in Senate (2022)Sex Educationhttps://www.azleg.gov/legtext/55leg/2R/bills/HB2637P.htm
House Bill 2614Requires school district websites to display public option for community members to join district-wide electronic communications list and prohibits district from removing said individuals unless they elect otherwiseFailed; House Second Read (2022)Parental Rights & Curriculum Transparencyhttps://www.azleg.gov/legtext/55leg/2R/bills/HB2614P.htm
House Bill 2068Prohibits medical professionals from providing gender affirming care to minorsFailed; House Second Read (2022)Reproductive Health Carehttps://www.azleg.gov/legtext/55leg/2R/bills/HB2608P.htm
Senate Bill 1211Advances parents right to review curriculum and instructional material and requires school districts to post them on website or else make them accessible at risk of legal penaltiesFailed; House Motion to Reconsider Third Reading (2022)Parental Rights & Curriculum Transparencyhttps://www.azleg.gov/legtext/55leg/2R/bills/SB1211P.htm
House Bill 2439Requires school districts to create procedures by which parents would have access to available books in the library which they can reviewEnacted (2022)Parental Rights & Curriculum Transparencyhttps://www.azleg.gov/legtext/55leg/2R/bills/HB2439P.htm
House Bill 2370Advances parents right to review curriculum and instructional material and requires school districts to post them on website or else make them accessible at risk of legal penaltiesDead; House Second Reading (2022)Parental Rights & Curriculum Transparencyhttps://www.azleg.gov/legtext/55leg/2R/bills/HB2370P.htm
House Bill 2285Reaffirms the parental right to opt-in to sex education or AIDS education.Failed; House Second Reading (2022)Sex Educationhttps://www.azleg.gov/legtext/55leg/2R/bills/HB2285P.htm
House Bill 2247Outlines procedures to make instructional material further accessible to parents for reviewFailed; House Second Reading (2022)Parental Rights & Curriculum Transparencyhttps://www.azleg.gov/legtext/55leg/2R/bills/HB2247P.htm
Senate Bill 1165Requires that students are classified on sports teams based upon biological sex which would effectively targets transgender students from being able to participate in school sportsEnacted (2022)Sexual Orientation and Gender Identityhttps://www.azleg.gov/legtext/55leg/2R/bills/SB1165P.htm
House Bill 2192Changes from an opt in to opt out system for enrollment in sex ed and requires sex education to be medically accurate and comprehensiveFailed (2022)Sex Educationhttps://www.azleg.gov/legtext/55leg/2R/bills/HB2192P.htm
House Bill 2161Prohibiting schools or any institution from withholding information regarding child's emotional, mental, physical health from parents and allowing parents the right to access all written and electronic records of a school district or school employeeEnacted (2022)Parental Rights & Curriculum Transparencyhttps://www.azleg.gov/legtext/55leg/2R/bills/HB2161P.htm
Senate Bill 1138Prohibiting medical professionals from providing gender affirming care to minors among other restrictionsEnacted (2022)Sexual Orientation & Gender Identityhttps://www.azleg.gov/legtext/55leg/2R/bills/SB1138P.htm
House Bill 2061Establishes the rights of parents to review all sex education curriculum before providing written permission.Failed; House Second Reading (2022)Sex Educationhttps://www.azleg.gov/legtext/55leg/2R/bills/HB2061P.htm
Senate Bill 1049Establishes civil penalties for school districts that violate parental rightsFailed; Passed Senate; Introduced in House (2022)Parental Rights https://www.azleg.gov/legtext/55leg/2R/bills/SB1049P.pdf
Senate Bill 1044Restricts the Dept of Health from entering into any contract administering PREP or SRAE funding to entities that perform or promote abortion care.Dead; Senate Second Reading (2022)Sex Educationhttps://www.azleg.gov/legtext/55leg/2R/bills/SB1044P.htm
Senate Bill 1045Prohibiting medical professionals from providing gender affirming care to minors among other restrictionsFailed; Senate Second Reading (2022)Reproductive Health Carehttps://www.azleg.gov/legtext/55leg/2R/bills/SB1045P.htm
House Bill 2011Requires parental consent for students to participate in any student group involving "sexuality, gender, and gender identity" and allows for parents to review any documentation or materials of respective student groups. This would essentially require students to have to receive permission from parents/guardians prior to joining clubs such as gender-sexuality or gay-straight alliances (GSAs).Failed; House Second Reading (2022)Sexual Orientation & Gender Identityhttps://www.azleg.gov/legtext/55leg/2R/bills/HB2011P.htm
Senate Bill 1532Prohibits school districts from requiring educators to provide instruction on "controversial topics" or engage in diversity training. Failed to pass the Senate. (2021) Sexual Orientation and Gender Identityhttps://www.azleg.gov/legtext/55leg/1R/bills/SB1532H.htm
House Bill 2035Requires parents and guardians to provide their written consent prior to their children receiving sex education. Prohibits the provision of sex education prior to grade 5, and requires sex education curriculum to be available for parental review. Prior to school districts implementing their own sex education curriculum, parents and guardians must have a meaningful opportunity to provide their input on the proposed curriculum. Enacted (2021) Sex Education https://www.azleg.gov/legtext/55leg/1R/bills/HB2035S.htm
House Bill 2184 Further defines the responsibility of parents in providing permission for their children to participate in sex education and requires charter schools to adopt an “opt-in” policy. Outlines additional requirements for amending sex education curriculum, and prohibits sex education from being taught to students in grades 1-6.Died in the House (2021) Sex Education https://www.azleg.gov/legtext/55leg/1R/bills/HB2184P.htm
House Bill 2251 Changes the parental "opt-in" requirement to "opt-out" and requires sex education to be medically accurate and comprehensive. Died in the House Committee on Rules (2021) Sex Education https://www.azleg.gov/legtext/55leg/1R/bills/HB2251P.htm
House Bill 2487Prohibits medical professionals from performing conversion therapy on a minor. Died in the House (2021) Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity https://www.azleg.gov/legtext/55leg/1R/bills/HB2487P.htm
House Bill 2647Requires all school districts and charter schools to provide medically accurate and age-appropriate sex education instruction that includes instruction on consent, healthy relationships, and populations that historically have been more vulnerable to sexual abuse and assault, including LGBTQ individuals and people with disabilities. Replaces the parental “opt-in” policy with an “opt out” policy.Died in the House (2021) Sex Education https://www.azleg.gov/legtext/55leg/1R/bills/HB2647P.htm
House Bill 2650 Prohibits abortion unless in the case of a medical emergency. Died in the House Committee on Rules (2021) Reproductive Health Care https://www.azleg.gov/legtext/55leg/1R/bills/HB2650P.htm
House Bill 2656 Requires health education to include instruction on mental health. Died in the House (2021) Sex Education https://www.azleg.gov/legtext/55leg/1R/bills/HB2656P.htm
Senate Bill 1317Prohibits textbooks or instructional material from adversely reflecting a group of people based on race, ethnicity, sex, religion, disability, nationality, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Died in the Senate (2021) Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity https://www.azleg.gov/legtext/55leg/1R/bills/SB1317P.htm
Senate Bill 1340 Requires all school districts and charter schools to provide medically accurate and age appropriate sex education that includes instruction on consent, healthy relationships, and populations that have historically been more vulnerable to sexual abuse and assault, including LBGTQ individuals and people with disabilities. Changes the parental "opt-in" requirement to "opt-out". Died in the Senate (2021) Sex Education https://www.azleg.gov/legtext/55leg/1R/bills/SB1340P.htm
Senate Bill 1426Prohibits mental health professionals from engaging in conversion therapy with minors. Died in the Senate Committee on Rules (2021) Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity https://www.azleg.gov/legtext/55leg/1R/bills/SB1426P.htm
Senate Bill 1456Requires parents and guardians to opt their children into sex education and instruction on gender identity or gender expression. Prohibits instruction on HIV/AIDS prior to fifth grade. Vetoed by Governor (2021) Sex Education https://www.azleg.gov/legtext/55leg/1R/bills/SB1456P.htm
Senate Bill 1457Prohibits abortion based on a genetic abnormality of the fetus. Enacted (2021) Reproductive Health Care https://www.azleg.gov/legtext/55leg/1R/bills/SB1457P.htm
Senate Bill 1511 Prohibits medical professionals from providing gender affirming care to minors. Died in the Senate (2021) Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity https://www.azleg.gov/legtext/55leg/1R/bills/SB1511P.htm
Senate Bill 1641Prohibits "dismemberment" abortion unless in the case of a medical emergency. Died in the Senate (2021) Reproductive Health Care https://www.azleg.gov/legtext/55leg/1R/bills/SB1641P.htm
Senate Bill 1706 Requires history education to include instruction on the roles and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of the Untied States. Died in the Senate (2021) Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity https://www.azleg.gov/legtext/55leg/1R/bills/SB1706P.htm

Youth Sexual Health Data

Young people are more than their health behaviors and outcomes. While data can be a powerful tool to demonstrate the sex education and sexual health care needs of young people, it is important to be mindful that these behaviors and outcomes are impacted by systemic inequities present in our society that affect an individual’s sexual health and well-being. To learn more about Arizona’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) results, click here.

Alabama School Health Profiles Data 

In 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the School Health Profiles, which measure school health policies and practices and highlight which health topics were taught in schools across the country. Since the data were collected from self-administered questionnaires completed by schools’ principals and lead health education teachers, the CDC notes that one limitation of the School Health Profiles is bias toward the reporting of more positive policies and practices. In the School Health Profiles, the CDC identifies 20 sexual health education topics as critical for ensuring a young person’s sexual health.

Arizona did not participate in the 2018 School Health Profiles. Below are key instruction highlights for secondary schools in Arizona as reported for the 2015–2016 school year. In this edition of the School Health Profiles, the CDC identified 19 sexual health education topics and has since updated the number of topics to 20.

Reported teaching all 19 critical sexual health education topics

  • 5.1% of Arizona secondary schools taught students all 19 critical sexual health education topics in a required course in any of grades 6, 7, or 8.
  • 14.5% of Arizona secondary schools taught students all 19 critical sexual health education topics in a required course in any of grades 9, 10, 11, or 12.

Reported teaching about the benefits of being sexually abstinent

  • 17.7% of Arizona secondary schools taught students about the benefits of being sexually abstinent in a required course in any of grades 6, 7, or 8.
  • 41.6% of Arizona secondary schools taught students about the benefits of being sexually abstinent in a required course in any of grades 9, 10, 11, or 12.

Reported teaching how to access valid and reliable information, products, and services related to HIV, other STDs, and pregnancy

  • 13.3% of Arizona secondary schools taught students how to access valid and reliable information, products, and services related to HIV, other STDs, and pregnancy in a required course in any of grades 6, 7, or 8.
  • 36.2% of Arizona secondary schools taught students how to access valid and reliable information, products, and services related to HIV, other STDs, and pregnancy in a required course in any of grades 9, 10, 11, or 12.

Reported teaching how to create and sustain healthy and respectful relationships

  • 17.7% of Arizona secondary schools taught students how to create and sustain healthy and respectful relationships in a required course in any of grades 6, 7, or 8.
  • 44.5% of Arizona secondary schools taught students how to create and sustain healthy and respectful relationships in a required course in any of grades 9, 10, 11, or 12.

Reported teaching about preventive care that is necessary to maintain reproductive and sexual health

  • 10.8% of Arizona secondary schools taught students about preventive care that is necessary to maintain reproductive and sexual health in a required course in any of grades 6, 7, or 8.
  • 34.7% of Arizona secondary schools taught students about preventive care that is necessary to maintain reproductive and sexual health in a required course in any of grades 9, 10, 11, or 12.

Reported teaching how to correctly use a condom

  • 6.1% of Arizona secondary schools taught students how to correctly use a condom in a required course in any of grades 6, 7, or 8.
  • 22.5% of Arizona secondary schools taught students how to correctly use a condom in a required course in any of grades 9, 10, 11, or 12.

Reported teaching about methods of contraception other than condoms

  • 7.2% of Arizona secondary schools taught students about methods of contraception other than condoms in a required course in any of grades 6, 7, or 8.
  • 35.9% of Arizona secondary schools taught students about methods of contraception other than condoms in a required course in any of grades 9, 10, 11, or 12.

Reported teaching about sexual orientation

  • 8.9% of Arizona secondary schools taught students about sexual orientation in a required course in any of grades 6, 7, or 8.
  • 27.5% of Arizona secondary schools taught students about sexual orientation in a required course in any of grades 9, 10, 11, or 12.

Reported teaching about gender roles, gender identity, or gender expression

  • 10.2% of Arizona secondary schools taught students about gender roles, gender identity, or gender expression in a required course in any of grades 6, 7, or 8.
  • 28.5% of Arizona secondary schools taught students about gender roles, gender identity, or gender expression in a required course in any of grades 9, 10, 11, or 12.

Reported providing curricula or supplementary materials relevant to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ) youth

  • 20.2% of Arizona secondary schools provided students with curricula or supplementary materials that included HIV, STD, or pregnancy prevention information relevant to LGBTQ youth.

Visit the CDC’s School Health Profiles report for additional information on school health policies and practices.

 

***The quality of sex education taught often reflects funding available for sex education programs. To learn more about federal funding streams, click here.

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