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Early Entry Kindergarten information

What is Early Entry Kindergarten:

Children who turn 5 years of age by August 31st of the current school year are eligible to enroll in kindergarten.  For more information, see Governing Board Policy JEB. Children who turn 5 between September 1st and November 30th may be assessed to determine whether or not they are ready to enter kindergarten early.  Testing is for students who live within Tucson Unified School District boundaries.

The Process:

Tucson Unified School District’s Early Kindergarten Entrance procedures are

  1. designed to identify and place those children in kindergarten who turn five years of age between September 1st and November 30th of the current school year
  2. are deemed by the parents or guardians as very capable of succeeding in a kindergarten program
  3. and are deemed by the early childhood assessment team as very capable of succeeding in a kindergarten program.

The first step is to contact the Community School Office at 520-731-5205.  Once information is provided and exchanged, parents will be given a parent survey, preschool teacher survey (if applicable), and parent agreement.  Once the paperwork is completed and returned to Community School Office, it will be reviewed and determined by the team whether we believe your child is ready for the next step, which is the TUSD Kinder Readiness Assessment. 

The Kinder Readiness Assessment evaluates social-emotional, academic, and fine/gross motor skills.  The assessment will be administered in a one-on-one setting with a member of our preschool department with an expertise in early childhood education and development. 

The results of the assessment will be the final determination of your child’s placement.  If your child is recommended for early kindergarten entry, the notification from our office will allow you to register your child at a TUSD Elementary School.  If we determine that your child is not ready, we will provide district preschool options. 

All results are final; no retests. 

Assessment Window:

Assessments are by appointment only.  They are scheduled throughout the months of February to the end of May. 

Contact Us

Reem Kievit
Fax: 520-225-1101

Andrea Hudson
Community Schools Coordinator

Celina Robles
Title I Preschool Coordinator


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