Learn More about the Tax Credit

Tax Credit Donations FAQ’s

Tax Credit Donations Support your School and lower your taxes!

Arizona law provides a tax credit for contributions to public schools to support extracurricular activities or character education. A Tax credit is a dollar-for-dollar reduction in your Arizona income tax liability. An individual may contribute as much as $200, and a couple filing jointly may contribute as much as $400 to a public school and receive the money back in the form of a tax credit.

The state tax credit is available to ALL qualifying individual Arizona state taxpayers, you do not need to have a child enrolled in a school to take advantage of this state tax credit. Contributions may be made until April 15, 2018 for your 2017 Arizona state tax return. Any contributions made before January 1st may also be used as charitable tax deductions on your 2017 federal return. Any contributions after January 1st would be eligible for your 2018 federal return.

Contributions to Leman Academy of Excellence’s extracurricular activities are eligible for Arizona tax credits. Extracurricular activities are optional, noncredit programs such as educational field trips, character enrichment programs, athletics, musical theater and any other supplemental programs.

The Arizona State Tax Credit is not a deduction- it’s a tax credit and you do not need to itemize. For example if you are married and filing jointly and owe $800 in state income tax, you can make a school tax credit contribution for $400 and receive a $400 credit on your Arizona income tax return.  For details on the AZ Tax Credits for "Contributions made or fees paid to Public Schools" go to www.azdor.gov.  You can also look under the Forms Tab for AZ Forms 322 and 301.  Please consult with your Tax Advisor about your ability to participate.

About Leman Academy Of Excellence

Mission and Philosophy

Our Philosophy is that Classical Education puts young minds to work, and will lead young people to understand themselves and the world around them. Leman Academy is a classical school that equips scholars with the proven tools of learning that are structured around the Trivium.

Leman Academy of Excellence's mission is to offer a rigorous, Classical Education based on the traditions of Western culture where all disciplines are interrelated allowing scholars the ability to think independently and critically. We purpose to partner with supportive parents, pursue excellence, provide a safe and challenging environment, and instill morals and values in order to produce tomorrow’s leaders today.

“For the sole end of education is simply this, to teach men and women how to learn for themselves; and whatever instruction fails to do this is effort spent in vain.” – Lost Tools of Learning, Dorothy Sayers.

Leman Mission and Philosophy

Our Core Values

1. Academic Excellence
We have adopted a rigorous, classical approach to education. We believe that the holistic approach personified by the classical model is exceptionally outstanding in preparing the scholar to retain knowledge, think logically and analytically, communicate effectively and succeed in life by being a responsible, caring, contributing member to society. Within that context, every teacher is passionate about their subject and has exceptional qualifications to perform their role with excellence. High academic standards are maintained for each scholar, with the expectation that each can succeed. Every young person is encouraged to maximize his/her learning potential and develop a lifelong love for learning.

2. Partnership with Families
We believe that parents have the ultimate responsibility for the education of their children. We serve as an extension of the home, partnering with parents and serving families in the intellectual, social, emotional and ethical development of their children. Parental support is essential to the success of educating young people with a classical approach to education. Teachers, administration and parents must work together to make sure that scholars’ learning takes place in both the school and the home.

3. Children & Learning
We believe children are unique and worthy of our utmost attention, love and respect. The child’s mind is not a blank slate or a bucket to be filled. It is a living thing and needs knowledge to grow. We believe that the each child has powers of mind which fit him to deal with all knowledge proper to him, and therefore, we should give him a full, rich and generous curriculum, taking care only that all knowledge offered him is vital, that is, that facts are not presented without their informing ideas, allowing scholars to think in an independent and critical fashion.

Our Core Beliefs

  • Each child is born a unique person and has value with specific gifts.
  • High standards and expectations inspire higher level of scholar’s performance.
  • Education is about knowledge, skill and understanding.
  • Like Plato, the highest goal of education is to become good both intellectually and morally.
  • Teachers and scholars developing meaningful relationships will only increase the scholar’s sense of belonging to the school.
  • A quality, Classical Education expands the opportunities for each young person and is vital to the success of the entire community.
  • Educating young people is a shared responsibility of the entire community.
  • Understanding all forms of diversity is essential in a global society.
  • Parents are necessary if their child is to reach their full potential in life.
  • Everyone has the responsibility to contribute to the greater good of the school community.
  • Developing positive relationships is based on the Golden Rule – “Treat others as you would want to be treated yourself”.
  • Bullying of any kind will not be tolerated.
  • Life lessons, accountability, responsibility and discipline are taught through natural consequences, rather than “punishment”.
  • Learning is fun in a safe, interactive, vibrant and challenging environment.
  • Scholars enjoy learning, making progress and being able to achieve.

Our Character Attributes

We believe that education is not just about training the mind with knowledge, but also training the heart. A scholar's relationship with fellow scholars, parents and teachers should be one of thoughtfulness, respect and accountability. Key virtues that are fostered include caring, good citizenship, perseverance, respect for authority and others, responsible stewardship, and trustworthiness:

  1. CARING – Caring is being interested, concerned or empathetic about someone or something. Caring people express gratitude, kindness, compassion and forgiveness. Caring people will help others in need.
  2. CITIZENSHIP – Citizenship is accepting the responsibility to contribute to the greater good of the community. Good citizens cooperate, respect authority, and obey rules and laws. Good citizens stay informed, vote, and are responsible, caring participants in school and local, state and global communities.
  3. PERSEVERANCE – Perseverance is working hard to set and achieve personal goals, learning from failure, and following through with any undertaking to the end. People who persevere demonstrate commitment, pride and a positive attitude in completing tasks.
  4. RESPECT – Respect is recognizing other people’s feelings, opinions, or possessions. It is an attitude that you display every day. When you treat others with respect, you accept differences, use good manners, and deal peacefully with anger, insults and disagreements. Respectful people show high regard for authority, other people, self and country.
  5. RESPONSIBILITY – Responsibility is taking control of your actions and your obligations. It also means taking ownership for something that is your fault, holding yourself accountable for decisions and actions rather than pointing the finger at someone else. It means having a sense of duty to fulfill tasks with reliability, dependability and commitment. It includes self-discipline and work ethic; when you are responsible, you always do your best. Responsible people will think before they act, and consider the consequences.
  6. TRUSTWORTHINESS – Trustworthiness is being reliable, keeping promises and following through on your word. Trustworthy people are honest and have the courage to do the right thing.