Why is a Kyrene school a good choice for my child’s kindergarten?Kyrene is one of the premier districts in Arizona. We hire state certified, highly-qualified teachers who strive to create engaging and innovative learning environments for every student. Our parents are involved and are encouraged to be an active part of their child’s learning experience. Our integrated technology provides students with access to age-appropriate technology to enhance their learning.There are 18 elementary schools and one K-8 in Kyrene. Kyrene Digital Academy also serves students in K-8.At what age can my child enter kindergarten?We recommend your child be age five by September 1 of the current school year; however, early entrance exceptions can be made for children born between September 1 and December 31. If you think your child may be eligible for an early entrance exception, please view the recorded Kindergarten Early Entrance Information presentation to determine if they qualify. See listing of dates and times. Please call 480-541-1000 if you have any questions.
When can I see my kindergartener’s classroom and meet their teacher?Tours of our schools are available at various times. Some are by appointment and others have regularly schedule times. Call the school you are interested in for more information. See listing of schools for addresses, principals and phone numbers. All elementary schools will hold a “Meet the Teacher” night a day or so prior to school starting. There, parents will receive information on before and after school programs, how to set up a lunch account, and bus schedules will be available at that time.
Is there a cost for kindergarten?While state funding for free, full-day kindergarten was eliminated, Kyrene and its Governing Board decided to continue providing full-day kindergarten to its community at no cost. There is no cost for Kyrene Kindergarten.
Is there bus transportation for kindergartners? Will my child be with older students or is there separate transportation for kindergartners?Bus service is available for any student within each school’s boundary, provided they live more than one mile from the school. There is NO separate bus service for kindergartners, they ride with all other students.
What are the hours school is in session?Elementary schools operate on two different schedules. See bell schedule for a complete listing of school start and dismissal times.
Will my child get to take a nap?There are no naps in kindergarten; however, most classrooms have a rest period.
What can I do to help my child be ready for kindergarten?Your child is required by law to be up-to-date on their immunizations. Kindergarten teachers suggest using everyday experiences to review numbers, colors and letters with your child. Bring your child to “Meet the Teacher,” so they can become acquainted with their teacher as well as their classroom. They may even get to see their desk and where they will sit. Begin a few weeks prior to the start of school, transitioning to a school schedule at home, adopting a regular bedtime and wake up routine. We suggest you familiarize your child with their bus stop and before school begins, or walking their route to school. Make sure your child is well rested, has a good breakfast, and has their backpack with all their school supplies ready for that first morning of kindergarten.
What are my options if my child needs before or after-school care?Kyrene has an award winning after school program called Kids Club operated by the Kyrene Community Education Department. You can find out more by visiting Community Education. or calling Customer Service at 480-541-1500. It is best to sign up your child in June or early July as the programs are very popular and often have wait lists.