Unorganized Territories

Per ARS 15-825, a school-aged child who lives in an unorganized territory must seek open enrollment or a certificate of educational convenience (CEC) from the county school superintendent’s office. Unorganized territories are regions outside the boundaries of any local education agency (LEA) and where school district property taxes are not levied.

A CEC allows the child to attend the school district adjacent to the unorganized territory.

To apply: Unorganized Territory Application

Once application is received and approved, notice will be sent to the attending district.

Students Residing in Mt Lemmon

**Transportation is not currently available from the County office for students residing in Mt. Lemmon/Summerhaven area for attendance to Tanque Verde Unified School District.

If you reside in an unorganized territory and transportation is not provided by the attending school district, you may be eligible for mileage reimbursement by our office. Mileage reimbursement is payable only to a parent/guardian transporting a child or children residing in unorganized territory and attending a public school. Transportation of children attending charter schools or private schools from unorganized territory is ineligible for reimbursement. Mileage reimbursement is only applicable to one round trip daily per family/household.
To apply for mileage reimbursement:
1. Complete and submit the Unorganized Territory Application with required documents: Unorganized Territory Application
2. Fill out a W-9 form and file with the Pima County Superintendent of Schools’ Office: W-9 Form
a. This is to be completed by the parent/guardian that will be receiving the reimbursement
3. When ready to submit your monthly transportation claim, complete the claim form and email to or mail to the Pima County School Superintendent’s Office, Attn: Unorganized Territory, 200 N Stone, Tucson, AZ 85701: Mileage Claim Form

Students Residing in Why/Lukeville

Transportation is available for students residing within the Why/Lukeville area for attendance to Ajo Unified School District. The Pima County School buses serving children in this unorganized school territory are operated by the Pima County School Superintendent’s Office and students must adhere to the outlined bus rules: Bus rules and covid prevention strategies English | Bus rules and covid prevention strategies Spanish

Application must be completed and accepted by the Pima County School Superintendent’s Office prior to being allowed on the bus: Unorganized Territory Application