• Dept. of Ed

    Kindergarten Requirements: 

    According to the Arizona Education Code 15-821 (C), “a child is eligible for admission to kindergarten if the child is five years of age. A child is deemed five years of age if the child reached the age of five before September 1 of the current school year… The governing board may admit children who have not reached the required age as prescribed by this subsection if it is determined to be in the best interest of the children. Such children must reach the required age of five for kindergarten…by January 1 of the current school year.” 

Early Entry Kindergarten


    Typical Kindergarten Entry

    All children who are 5 years old by August 31, 2021 are eligible to enroll in kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year. 

    If this is the case for your child, please follow this link to our enrollment page. 

    Early Kindergarten Entry
    Children who turn 5 between September 1 and December 31, 2021 may be assessed to determine readiness for early entrance into kindergarten. The intent of early entrance is to identify highly capable children who miss the regular September 1 cutoff for kindergarten entrance. Early entry is specifically geared for children whose curriculum achievement level far exceeds the norm.


    In order to be considered for the early entrance acceptance, the child must exhibit advanced skills (in relation to their grade level peers) in language arts, mathematics, social, emotional, and motor development as measured by tests administered by the Deer Valley Unified School District. 


    About Early Entrance Kindergarten 

     Screening Information

    In order for children to qualify for early entrance into our kindergarten program, students must be able to demonstrate the following basic skills. Please note that the list below describes general concepts that are tested during kindergarten readiness testing. Due to the testing being a secure document, we are unable to list individual test concepts or questions.

    Social and Emotional Skills
    • Communicate clearly and answer questions in complete sentences
    • Separate easily from parents/caregivers without getting upset
    • Interact appropriately with adults
    • Follow simple instructions with 2 to 3 step directions
    • Know personal information (name, age, gender)
    • Pay attention to a single task for an extended period of time
    Academic Skills
         Literacy skills including: 
    • Identify upper and lowercase letter names and sounds
    • Identify the sounds in words  

         Math skills including:

    • Number reasoning, fluency, and comparisons
    • Count to 20 in sequence 
      and identify numbers

         Other academic skills:

    • Identify colors and shapes
    • Write his/her own name
    • Express ideas and thoughts verbally
    Fine/Gross Motor Skills
    • Use proper grip while using pencil, crayons, and scissors
    • Cut with scissors

    In addition to the test results, the following key indicators will be considered along with identified pertinent information when making the decision regarding early entrance to kindergarten:

    • Early entrance into kindergarten is intended for children who excel in meeting the kindergarten readiness standards and are capable of working in a classroom setting with children who are up to 13 months older
    • The needs of the whole child should be considered including social/emotional and physical factors as well as cognitive
    • A child should exhibit a level of intellectual, physical, social, and emotional maturity that is commensurate with that of children who are up to 13 months older


    Thirty Day Classroom Observation Period

    If your student meets the kindergarten readiness criteria for placement, an additional kindergarten skills testing will be administered with no fee to all kindergartners prior to the start of the school year. The skills testing is scheduled by your student's home school. Please be aware that the kindergarten teacher will observe the early enrolled kindergarten student's work habits and developmental maturity in the classroom setting during the first thirty (30) school days enrolled. If there is a concern about the appropriateness of placement during that time, the school will have ongoing formal and documented communication with you. The administrator and the teacher will meet with the parent at the end of the 30 days if it is determined that the child is struggling academically, socially, or behaviorally. The principal will make a determination at the end of the 30-day time period about the continuation of placement in early entry kindergarten after reviewing all data and communicate that decision with you. The administrator decision is final.

     Testing Registration

    Online registration begins February 12, 2021.  A $75 non-refundable testing fee is due at the time of registration.

    Testing dates for Spring and Summer will be posted here in early 2022:  

    Testing will take place at the DVUSD District Office Governing Board Room, 20402 N. 15th Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85027. Please arrive 20 minutes early and allow 1 ½ hours for the testing. The testing is individually administered by early education teachers. Due to FERPA laws, the results of the test CANNOT be released via phone. Test results will be e-mailed within two weeks of the test date. All results are final and retesting is not permitted. Parents can then enroll their child into kindergarten by presenting the acceptance letter stating the student has passed the Kindergarten Readiness Test to the home school registrar.

    No age-exceptions will be granted after the start of the first day of the school year, unless unique circumstances exist with children transferring from another school, state or country. In these unique circumstances, all rules and procedures described above will be followed. No screenings from other schools will be accepted.


    Schedule Your Child for Testing

    Download Checklist Here for Complete Details


    Open Enrollment Option

    If your child meets the criteria for placement in kindergarten and you are interested in your student attending a school that is not in your attendance boundary, you will need to complete an online Open Enrollment Application after you receive the acceptance letter for early entrance into kindergarten.  Note:  This qualifying letter will need to be uploaded to the online Open Enrollment Application.  


    Prekindergarten Options

    • If your student does not meet the kindergarten readiness requirements, we would recommend that you consider one of our district's preschool options. Please click here for additional information on our quality preschool programs
    • Getting our youngest DVUSD students off to a great start is one of our most treasured responsibilities. We are excited to offer a variety of programs and services to you and hope to be able to accommodate your preschooler's needs.

    For further information or assistance please call the following:

    Community Education for general education preschool/prekindergarten at (623) 376-3979 or
    Early Childhood for Developmental and Head Start programs at (623) 445-4991  
    The District may charge tuition for any child who is ineligible for basic state aid pursuant to A.R.S. 15-821. 


    Before & After School Care Program
    Early entry kindergarten students may enroll for the Before & After School Care Program once they have reached their 5th birthday. 

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    Please email giftedservices@dvusd.org if you have any questions.