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Tempe Elementary Kindergarten Program

Where Bright Futures Begin.

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.


Age Requirements:

If your child turns 5 years old on or before August 31, 2018, he or she is eligible to start kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year. 

We welcome ready 4-year-olds! Children turning 5 years old between September 1 and December 31, 2018 can start kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year in any of our schools as long as:

  • 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!

Children turning 5 January 1, 2019 or after are NOT eligible for kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year. Please visit our Preschool website at: to see our preschool options. 



We Offer: 

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:

Kindergarten registration for the 2018-2019 school year will take place on Thursday, January 11 from 5 - 6:30 p.m. at all elementary schools. Registration at Ward Traditional Academy will begin at 9 a.m. on Thursday, January 11.

Register on or after the Kindergarten Registration Night on January 11, 2018 at 5 p.m. at any school office.
Office hours are as follows:

Aguilar Elementary
 7:20 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.
Rover Elementary
 7:20 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.
Arredondo Elementary
 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Scales Technology Academy
 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Broadmor Elementary
 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thew Elementary
 7:20 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.
Carminati Elementary
 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wood Elementary
 7:20 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.
Curry Elementary
 7:20 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.
Laird School
 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Frank Elementary
 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Ward Traditional Academy
 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Fuller Elementary
 7:20 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.
ASPIRE Academy
 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Holdeman Elementary
 7:20 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.
Connolly Middle School
 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Hudson Elementary
 7:20 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.
Fees College Preparatory Middle School
 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Meyer Montessori
 7:20 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.
Gililland Middle School
 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Nevitt Elementary   7:20 a.m. - 3:20 p.m. Tempe Academy of International Studies
 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Screening Process for 4-year-olds

Only children turning 5-years-old September 1 through December 31 are required to be screened. During the screening, the parent will answer a short questionnaire and the child will complete some age-appropriate tasks.

We will host 4 screenings at Bustoz Professional Learning Center, 2020 E. Carson Dr., Tempe, AZ 85282, on the following dates/times:
  • February 15 - 4:30-6:30 p.m.
  • March 22 - 4:30-6:30 p.m.
  • April 19 - 4:30-6:30 p.m.
  • May 17 - 4:30-6:30 p.m. 
We will also offer a second round of screening at Bustoz in July on the following dates/times: 
  • July 23 - 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • July 24 - 12-7 p.m.
  • Beginning July 30-August 10 screening will take place at schools
Kindergarten hopefuls can take one screening from January 11-May 17 and one screening from July 23-August 10.  


No appointment is necessary.

View a map of our schools below.



Kindergarten Age Guidelines for the 2017-2018 School Year

Children who were born before September 1, 2012 are eligible to attend 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, 2012,
  • 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!

Children who were born on or after January 1, 2013 or who do not start school within the first week of the 2017-2018 school year must wait for the following school year to start kindergarten.

View Tempe Elementary Schools in a full screen map

Meyer Montessori is located at 2615 S. Dorsey Ln., Tempe, AZ 85282 on Dorsey Lane and Alameda Drive. It will be added to this map in the near future.

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