Kindergarten registration is underway for 2011-12
Mesa Public Schools will continue offering free full-day kindergarten for 2011-12.
Mesa Public Schools will continue offering free full-day kindergarten for 2011-12. The Board and administration believe this decision is in the best interest of students.
Next year, the state will require implementation of the new Common Core state standards in reading, writing and mathematics for all kindergartners. Additionally, a recently revised law will impact incoming kindergarten students who will not be promoted to fourth grade if the third-grade AIMS reading score indicates the child is reading “far below” the third-grade level.
Given the increased academic expectations, the district believes that the extended instructional time of full-day kindergarten will benefit students.
Half-day kindergarten will be available based upon demand. This year, about 100 students (of 4,896 kindergartners) participated in regional half-day programs at the parents’ request.
How to register
We welcome open-enrollment students from other Mesa schools or other Arizona school districts.
All elementary schools offer kindergarten for children who will be 5 years old before Sept. 1. MPS also offers options for children who will turn 5 between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31.
If you are interested in our back-to-basics program, inquire about kindergarten availability at Franklin at Alma, Franklin East, Franklin Northeast or Franklin West elementaries. If you are interested in Montessori, contact Bush, Johnson or Pomeroy elementaries for information about their kindergarten programs.
We have a wide range of preschools for 3- 4- and 5-year-olds. Options include half day or full day, with or without before- and after-school child care, free or tuition based, and regular or special education. Read about our preschools and registration procedures.