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Tempe Elementary Kindergarten Program

It's more than teaching.  It's inspiring a passion to learn.

Enroll In Tempe Elementary Schools, no matter where you live! Tempe Elementary has offered free, full-day kindergarten at all of its elementary schools since 2000. Our long-standing program is based on years of experience in delivering a full-day curriculum. For parents who prefer it, we also provide a highly acclaimed half-day kindergarten program at one of our elementary schools.

We welcome ready 4-year-olds!
4-year-olds are eligible to start kindergarten in any of our schools as long as:

  • they were born on or before December 31, 2011,
  • AND they pass our FREE, one hour readiness screening,
  • AND they enroll and start school within the first week of the school year. Four-year-olds may not start school after the first week of the school year!
Individualized instruction for every student
Our kindergarten program is designed in a way that allows teachers to differentiate instruction so they can focus on the individual needs of each student.

Passionate teachers who care about your child
Our teachers not only strive to provide the most effective individualized instruction, they also nurture each child's unique talents and abilities to make sure they feel special and loved.

Curriculum that goes beyond the A-B-C's and 1-2-3's
Special subjects like physical education, music, technology, library, and art provide a fun and creative outlet for kindergarten students.

Strong foundation and supportive environment
We promise to provide your child with a positive environment where they will thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. And, we strongly encourage you, the parent, to be an active part of your child's education – both at home and in the classroom.

Before- and afterschool care
Award-winning before- and afterschool care is available at or near most of our schools through the East Valley Boys and Girls Clubs, City of Tempe Kid Zone and with other local organizations. Visit our Before and Afterschool Care page or call your school of choice to find out about specific before- and afterschool options.  

How to Enroll:

Step 1: Complete the enrollment packet. Click here to request an enrollment packet, or download the packet here.

Step 2: Gather required documents:
  1. Child's certified birth certificate
  2. Immunization records
  3. Legitimate proof of current address (such as mortgage, rental or lease agreement, utility bill, phone/cable bill, bank statement, etc.)
  4. Open Enrollment Application - only necessary if you live outside the attendance boundary for the school you are enrolling in

Step 3:

Registration Dates & Locations:

Registration for the 2016-2017 school year for grades K-8 will be held at the Sanchez Administration Center, 3205 S. Rural Rd., Tempe, AZ (NE corner of Rural & Southern) on the following dates:

Monday - Wednesday
7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 1:30 - 4 p.m.
  May 31 - July 6, 2016
(District Office will be closed on July 4 in observance of Independence Day.)

Note: Registration will NOT be available at school offices or at the District Office from July 7-12. Registration will resume on July 13, 2016 at school offices.*

*Beginning July 13, Arredondo Elementary registration will take place at Meyer School (2615 S. Dorsey Lane), home of the Arredondo Roadrunners for the 2016-2017 school year.

View a map of our schools below.

Kindergarten Age Guidelines for the 2016-2017 School Year

Children who were born before September 1, 2011 are eligible to start kindergarten in our schools.

4-year-olds are also eligible to start kindergarten in any of our schools as long as:

  • they were born on or before December 31, 2011,
  • AND they pass our FREE, one hour readiness screening,
  • AND they enroll and start school within the first week of the school year. 4-year-olds may not start school after the first week of the school year!

Screening Process for 4-year-olds
Only children turning 5-years-old September through December are required to be screened. During the screening, the parent will answer a short questionnaire and the child will complete some age-appropriate tasks. The screening process takes about one hour and will take place on January 14 at all sites. After January 14, screenings will take place at the Tempe Elementary Professional Learning Center, 2020 East Carson Drive, Tempe, AZ 85282 on the following dates and times:

July 18, 2016: 8:00 - 2:00 p.m.
July 19, 2016: 12:00 - 7:00 p.m. 

From July 20 - August 5, 2016 all screenings will be done at each school.

No appointment is necessary.

Children who were born on or after January 1, 2012 or who do not start school within the first week of the school year must wait for the following school year to start kindergarten.


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