Attendance is Essential 

Regular attendance is a key to academic success and is the responsibility of parents and students. Since much of the learning cannot be made up (i.e., discussions, participation, etc.) students should remain out of school only when absolutely necessary. Excessive absences are a concern to us and should be to the child's family. A student whose absences total 18 days or more in a school year and whose absences have negatively affected his/her academic progress may be retained. Teachers will inform parents when absences are affecting grades.

What to do

When your child is going to be absent from school, the parent/guardian should call the attendance line before 10:00 a.m. to report the absence. When calling in an absence, please state child's name, grade and reason for absence. It is for your child's protection that this policy exists, and we appreciate your cooperation and support. 

Students are considered tardy if they arrive at school after 8:00 a.m. The office should be contacted using the attendance hotline or in person by the child's parent or guardian when a child will be arriving late. A child is considered truant if the school is not contacted.

Sunrise office hours are 7:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., Monday - Friday.

Attendance line is (602) 449-6101


What are the registration requirements and supporting documentation needed to register my child?

What are the current immunization requirements for registering my child? 

Do I live in the Sunrise Middle School attendance area

What if I live outside the Sunrise area but want my child to attend Sunrise?

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment is September 1 through January 21 each year. Applications are available online and at the District Office, 15002 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix, AZ. These enrollment forms should be sent directly to district during the district Open Enrollment period.

Other times of the year, out-of-district Open Enrollment applications are accepted at the school office.

NOTE: Students on a transfer at a school are not eligible for district transportation. Students attending schools on a transfer may have their transfer revoked for violating Governing Board policies on rules of conduct or attendance violations. Revocation of the transfer is at the discretion of the principal.

District Policy On Attendance Includes:

  • Whenever a student is not present in a classroom, he/she is marked absent;
  • Excused absences are those validated by parents by phone on the day of the absence or those prearranged by the parents;
  • Prearrange absences at least two school days in advance of the planned absence or as soon as possible;
  • Absences due to suspension are considered part of the total absence count;
  • All other absences are truancies and are subject to disciplinary action.

According to district policy, the student is responsible for obtaining make up assignments and for completing those assignments within prescribed time lines. A student returning from an absence will have an amount of time equivalent to the number of days absent to complete and turn in assignments. For prearranged absences, makeup tests and work should be completed before the absence begins, by the day of return or as individually arranged with the teacher.