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There are many programs available to meet the diverse needs of Tempe Elementary school children and their families

Clubs and Activities
Various clubs are available at each school, such as Chess Club, Computer Club, Homework Club, etc. For more information on before and after school programs at a specific school, call the school.

Communities in Schools Pilot Programs
Tempe/Kyrene Communities in Schools is a project of Tempe Community Council. For more information, call (480) 858-2300.

Early Childhood Programs

Families with four-year-old children can apply for admission to one of the district TOTS (Tempe Opportunities To Succeed) Preschools. They are located at Frank Elementary School, Holdeman Elementary School, Nevitt Elementary School and Carminati Elementary School. The preschools at Holdeman Elementary School and Carminati Elementary School are sponsored by First Things First Scholarships and donations from the Tempe Diablos.

Head Start is available at Aguilar Elementary School, Frank Elementary School, Nevitt Elementary School, the Westside Multi-generational Center near Scales Technology Academy, the Northside Multi-generational Center near Laird Elementary School, Guadalupe HUD, and the Guadalupe Child Development Center.  These programs require that families qualify for free or reduced lunch subsidies.

Preschool is available for three-and four-year-olds at the Getz TEDI (Tempe Early Developmental Intervention) Program. Children must qualify for special education services or the TEDI peer program to participate at Getz.

All district programs are accredited by the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs and offer qualified staff and appropriate learning environments for developing language and literacy, beginning math skills, physical development, and social skills.

For more information on Early Childhood Programs, call (480) 897-6233.

English Language Learning (ELL) Program
The English Language Learning Program serves students with a primary language other than English. Students whose assessments demonstrate limited English proficiency are identified as English Language Learners. The purpose of the ELL program is to ensure that students develop English proficiency and achieve academic standards.

For more information on the ELL Program, please visit the English Language Learning page or call (480) 730-7219.

Honors Program
Honors classes are available in middle school in math, science and language arts.

Kid Zone
The City of Tempe's Kid Zone Enrichment Program provides enriched child care services to our community at many school sites. Kid Zone creates memorable childhood experiences everyday by providing opportunities to participate in enrichment learning and age-appropriate activities in a safe, nurturing environment.

For more information, visit the Kid Zone website.

Gifted Education Department (K-5) and Honors Gifted Education (6-8)
The Gifted Education Department at Tempe Elementary School District No. 3 is committed to providing discovery, enrichment, and accelerated learning opportunities to serve the cognitive and affective needs of gifted children while fostering recognition and development of their individual strengths. A “gifted child” is defined as one who displays superior intellect and/or advanced learning ability and who needs special instruction to reach appropriate levels of achievement.

For more information on the Gifted Program, call (480) 730-7135 or visit the Gifted Education website.

Native American Program (N.A.P.)
Tempe Elementary School District’s Native American Program (N.A.P.) consists of two federally funded programs, Title VII and Johnson-O'Malley (JOM). Native American Program funds are made available to meet the unique educational and culturally related academic needs of American Indian and Alaska Native students. The two grants involve direct participation by the Native American Parent Committees. Interested parents are encouraged to attend regularly scheduled Parent Committee Meetings.

For more information on the Native American Program (N.A.P.), call (480) 730-7221.

Prevention Programs: Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program

The Tempe Elementary District Prevention Curriculum is designed to reduce impulsive and aggressive behavior in children, teach social and emotional skills, provide resistance strategies in dealing with tobacco, alcohol and other chemicals, build self-esteem and encourage more parent community support.

The prevention curriculum used in kindergarten through eighth grade is Second Step and the additional curriculum for grades six through eight is Project Alert. Both curricula have received recognition by the U.S. Department of Education for being exemplary programs.

For more information on prevention programs, call (480) 730-7286.

Special Education Programs
For more information on Special Education, visit the Student Support website.

Summer School

Summer Enrichment Program
Purpose: The purpose of the Summer Enrichment Program is to offer students going into kindergarten through ninth grade a variety of challenging activities and courses which are beneficial, interesting, and stimulate continued educational growth.

Registration: Students are registered and placed in classes on a first-come, first-served basis. Summer Enrichment brochures are sent to all private and public schools in the spring, usually before spring break. The Enrichment Program welcomes all students, whether in or out of Tempe School District. Online registration and a course catalog is available on the summer school registration page in early spring.

Scholarships: Student Scholarships are intended for kindergarten through eighth grade students currently enrolled and attending a Tempe School District No. 3 school. All scholarships are to be awarded based on the child's academic need and on a first-come, first-served basis. Refer to the Summer Enrichment brochure available at all TD3 schools in the spring for more information.

Bus Transportation: Students should sign up early and include the bus fee with their registration information. Bus riders will receive a bus "wristband" which is a daily requirement to ride their assigned bus.

Tempe District offers many different Summer Programs:
Summer Enrichment Program: The Summer Enrichment Program is held annually during the month of June for any student, in or out of district, which include incoming kindergartners to incoming ninth graders for the next fall semester. Those students attending four hours of class will go from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; if a student attends one to three class hours, they must provide their own transportation. A mid-morning snack is served to students. All enrichment courses are held at elementary and middle school campuses within walking distance of each other.

Special Needs: This summer program is offered for preschool through eighth grade students identified as special education students with a current IEP (Individualized Education Plan). These summer programs will be available to students in resource as well as self-contained classrooms.

Information: For more information on the Summer Enrichment Program, please call (480) 730-7215.

Title I Program

Click here to watch a video about Title I

Title I, also known as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, is the largest federal aid program affecting kindergarten through high school. This program funds school districts to support supplementary services designed to improve the educational performance of low-achieving children in high-poverty schools. It’s based on four common-sense pillars: accountability for results; an emphasis on doing what works based on scientific research; expanded parental options; and expanded local control to use resources where needed most.

There are 16 Title I schools in the Tempe Elementary School District: Aguilar, Arredondo,Carminati, Connolly, Curry, Fees College Prep, Frank, Fuller, Gililland, Holdeman, Hudson, Laird, Nevitt, Scales, Thew and Wood Schools.

Following are 8 facts that every parent should know about how this historic law helps your child:

• Gives schools more money.
• Holds schools accountable for results in student achievement.
• Gives parents report cards so they can see which schools are succeeding and why.
• Focuses on teaching methods that have been proven to work.
• Provides funding to help teachers learn to be better teachers.
• Lets you transfer your child to a better public school if the state says the school your child attends needs to improve.
• Provides your child with free tutoring if the state says his or her
school needs to improve and if your child is eligible.
• Requires states to test your child every year in grades three through eight in reading and math. Your child will also be assessed once in high school. The tests will help you, your child and your child’s teachers know how well your child is learning and when he or she needs extra help.

For more information on Title I, call (480) 730-7162.

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