Arizona Tax Credit Information


Invest in Arizona’s students by investing in their future by contributing to the private school state tax credit. Your decision to invest in our foundation over the last 18 years has provided hundreds of scholarship awards for deserving Arizona students. Thank you for your past support and current consideration as a donor to the Orme Primavera Schools Foundation!

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Last year, the Orme-Primavera Schools Foundation raised $305,580 from 265 Arizona taxpayers. Those funds were distributed to 46 students at Primavera School in Prescott and to 13 students at the Orme School in Mayer. Your participation in this unique opportunity to support private education directly in Arizona through the state tax credit program is deeply appreciated and shows your belief in providing an exceptional education to deserving students in our state.

Grandparents, parents, alumni, friends, and relatives residing in Arizona can all participate and help in this very worthy endeavor. A married couple filing a joint return for 2017 may give up to $1,092 to a qualified student tuition organization and receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit from the State of Arizona. Single taxpayers may give up to $546.00. The “Switcher/Plus” tax credit allows donors to claim an additional tax credit–OVER AND ABOVE–the original tax credit. Donors must first meet the $1092 (married) or $546 (single) Original Tax Credit Program maximum in order to claim the PLUS tax credit. The PLUS credit maximums are $543 for single filers, and $1,085 for married filing joint filers. Your support of the Orme –Primavera Schools Foundation means that more Arizona students will have the opportunity to experience the many things that make a Primavera School and an Orme School education so exceptional.


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The state law requires that our foundation have a 501 (c)(3) designation and that 90% of all the revenues will be paid out in scholarships. The law also states that our foundation may not limit the availability of the scholarships to students of one school. That is why you may designate your preference for a majority of your contribution to either Primavera School or to the Orme School. You may also choose to have the majority of your contribution be split equally between the two schools.

A school tuition organization cannot award, restrict, or reserve scholarships solely on the basis of donor recommendation. A taxpayer may not claim a tax credit if the taxpayer agrees to swap donations with another taxpayer to benefit either taxpayer’s own dependent.


Please share this information with others you know that might consider giving to this very worthwhile organization while receiving a dollar-for-dollar tax credit in the process! You decide where your tax dollars will be spent and know that you have invested well in the future of education! Thank you for your support.

Please ensure that your donation is made by April 15, 2018 for a 2017 tax credit.

Orme Primavera Schools Foundation Original Scholarship Program

Original scholarships paid during FY 2016/17 to students eligible for free or reduced-price lunches (family income up to 185% of poverty level):
Amount of original scholarships paid = $97,395
Amount as a percentage of total original scholarships paid = 39%

Original scholarships paid during FY 2016/17 to students whose family income exceeds the threshold for free or reduced-price lunches but does not exceed 185% of the eligibility requirements (family income greater that 185% and less than 342.25% of poverty level):
Amount of original scholarships paid = $57,040
Amount as a percentage of total original scholarships paid = 23%

Original scholarships paid during FY 2015/16 to students eligible for free or reduced-price lunches (family income up to 185% of poverty level):
Amount of original scholarships paid = $73,927
Amount as a percentage of total original scholarships paid = 34%

Original scholarships paid during FY 2015/16 to students whose family income exceeds the threshold for free or reduced-price lunches but does not exceed 185% of the eligibility requirements (family income greater that 185% and less than 342.25% of poverty level):
Amount of original scholarships paid = $29,074
Amount as a percentage of total original scholarships paid = 14%

Original scholarships paid during FY 2014/15 to students eligible for free or reduced-price lunches (family income up to 185% of poverty level):
Amount of original scholarships paid = $139,544
Amount as a percentage of total original scholarships paid = 61.7%

Original scholarships paid during FY 2014/15 to students whose family income exceeds the threshold for free or reduced-price lunches but does not exceed 185% of the eligibility requirements (family income greater than 185% and less than 342.25% of poverty level):
Amount of original scholarships paid = $37,850
Amount as a percentage of total original scholarships paid = 16.7%

Orme Primavera Schools Foundation Switcher Scholarship Program

Switcher scholarships paid during FY 2016/17 to students eligible for free or reduced-price lunches (family income up to 185% of poverty level):
Amount of switcher scholarships paid = $73,058
Amount as a percentage of total switcher scholarships paid = 62%

Switcher scholarships paid during FY 2016/17 to students whose family income exceeds the threshold for free or reduced-price lunches but does not exceed 185% of the eligibility requirements (family income greater than 185% and less than 342.25% of poverty level):
Amount of switcher scholarships paid = $19,500
Amount as a percentage of total switcher scholarships paid = 17%

Switcher scholarships paid during FY 2015/16 to students eligible for free or reduced-price lunches (family income up to 185% of poverty level):
Amount of switcher scholarships paid = $27,758
Amount as a percentage of total switcher scholarships paid = 38%

Switcher scholarships paid during FY 2015/16 to students whose family income exceeds the threshold for free or reduced-price lunches but does not exceed 185% of the eligibility requirements (family income greater than 185% and less than 342.25% of poverty level):
Amount of switcher scholarships paid = $16,942
Amount as a percentage of total switcher scholarships paid = 23%

Switcher scholarships paid during FY 2014/15 to students eligible for free or reduced-price lunches (family income up to 185% of poverty level):
Amount of switcher scholarships paid = $32,887
Amount as a percentage of total switcher scholarships paid = 35.8%

Switcher scholarships paid during FY 2014/15 to students whose family income exceeds the threshold for free or reduced-price lunches but does not exceed 185% of the eligibility requirements (family income greater than 185% and less than 342.25% of poverty level):
Amount of switcher scholarships paid = $33,750
Amount as a percentage of total switcher scholarships paid = 36.8%

For additional information, please contact:

Carol Darrow (Primavera School): 928-445-5382; Director@primaveraschool.org .
Jessica Calmes (Orme School): 928-632-1644; jcalmes@ormeschool.org .

Make a secure on-line donation by credit card or download our donation form and mail it, with your check, to:
Orme Primavera Schools Foundation
1000 Orme School Rd.
HC 63, Box 3040
Mayer, AZ 86333



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