Kyrene Preparatory Program
We have extended our application timeline! Please read application information below for information and a new testing date!
An accelerated 6-8 grade program at Kyrene Middle School
The Kyrene Preparatory Program is a school within a school serving 6th through 8th grades. This program is designed to strategically group academically talented students in the four core academic areas of Math, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies. This program provides a positive, challenging educational experience commensurate with student ability. These motivated learners experience science through exploration and application, and participate in a rigorous language arts class where they create outstanding literary works, as well as advanced grammar and comprehension skills. They also approach social studies through increased rigor and analysis and our advanced math program incorporates the vital link between application and rigor.
In the program, our teachers foster their distinctive social and academic development, providing them with a nurturing learning environment to explore their higher level thinking.
The Kyrene Preparatory Program focuses on the whole child development. Our students excel inside and outside the classroom. Over 90% of our 7th and 8th grade students are involved in extracurricular activities. Our students also are involved in the creation and building of a school garden. They experience leadership training and community service involvement. KMS offers a wide variety of electives and after school opportunities to allow young people to discover their talents and interests.
We thank you for your interest in the Kyrene Middle School Prep Program.
The core curriculum, mandated by the State of Arizona, will be compacted, modified and adjusted as determined by the needs of the students.
The Kyrene Preparatory Program curriculum will focus on:
- Critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills and processes
- Research skills
- Products/projects that will summarize and share learning with others
- Advanced Math (6th - Pre-Algebra, 7th - Algebra, 8th - Geometry)
- Science Investigations
- Advanced Language Arts (Critical Reading, Expanding Classic Novels)
- Community service and experiential learning opportunities
Eligibility and Testing
Starting in 6th grade, eligibility to the Kyrene Prep Program is based on advanced competency in mathematics and language arts. Students must demonstrate that they are ready to begin Pre-Algebra (8th Grade Math) as well as qualify for advanced language arts. Currently enrolled Kyrene 5th graders will be tested at their elementary school sites in late March and those scores along with other information will be included in our district wide 5th grade placement rubric, which is new this year to our district.
For families outside of the Kyrene School District, we will use standardized testing results, as well as placement tests given here at KMS.
We have added another testing date on Friday, May 3rd at 8:15!
Please call Susie Drake at 480 541-6602 to register
Below are the instructions for applying to the KMS Prep Program. Please note, the applications are in a PDF platform requiring the user to print it out in order to complete the application. Applications submitted after April 12th will be handled on a case by case basis.
1. Click on the link below
2. Choose the application that applies to your family attendance boundaries.
a. Indistrict: for those families living within the Kyrene School District on page 1
b. Out of district: for those families living outside the Kyrene School District beginning on page 2
Print out application and complete all parts of the application, please note, there is a portion for the student to complete and return to KMS* front office
Test scores, grades and other information will be supplied to us by the elementary feeder
Out of district families:
Print out application and complete all parts of the application, please note, there is a portion for the student to complete
Fill out an open enrollment application online, link is on page 2
Look at the list on page 2 of required documents
Call Susie Drake at 480-541-6602 to set up testing date
Return application, copy of open enrollment application or letter and other required documents to KMS*
FAMILIES WILL BE NOTIFIED BY May 2nd VIA EMAIL PROVIDED, WHETHER YOUR CHILD HAS OR HAS NOT BEEN ACCEPTED IN THE PREP PROGRAM. FAMILIES APPLYING AFTER APRIL 12TH WILL BE NOTIFIED ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS.
*Program availibility is limited and will be served on a first come, first serve basis. The testing dates are concurrent with the indistrict Kyrene testing dates.
The Kyrene Preparatory Program committee reviews all documentation, and placements are made according to eligibility requirements and space availability.
Kyrene Middle School
1050 E. Carver Road, Tempe