Kindergarten is the first and most important year of schooling for children. It is a time of personal adjustment and a stepping out beyond the family to the wider world.
Mesa Public Schools offers full-day kindergarten at every elementary school. Half-day kindergartners are also welcome at each of our schools.
By Governing Board policy and state law, children enrolling in kindergarten must turn 5 before September 1.
Beginning in August 2011, kindergarten students will begin learning the Arizona Academic Content Standard for English Language Arts and Mathematics (The Common Core State Standards). For more information about the key things kindergarten students will learn, the National Parent Teacher Organization (PTA) has created a parent guide. Click here for more information about what students should know and be able to do.
Parents have several young learner options for children who will have their 5th birthday between September 1 and December 31.
Option 1: You may choose to have your child participate in other prekindergarten options for 3 1/2 to 5 year olds through Community Education.
Option 2: Children who turn 5 after August 31 but before December 31 may be assessed in order to qualify for acceptance into the district's regular kindergarten program. Please keep in mind that children who are accepted into regular kindergarten are entering kindergarten a year earlier and will be expected to move to first grade the next year. For more information, parents should go to their neighborhood school or access the Kindergarten Early Admission Packet (English) (Spanish) on this site. Early entrance to kindergarten will not be granted once school has begun.
Option 3: You may also choose to wait another year to enroll your child in Mesa Public Schools.
Which school serves your neighborhood? Go to school locators. Or call the district's Research and Evaluation Department, (480) 472-0230. Open enrollment may also be available at some schools.