Gilbert Public Schools provides flexible kindergarten programs, offering full-day kindergarten at all 27 elementary schools as well as a half-day kindergarten option at Burk Elementary School.  

Governing Board policy and state law require that children enrolling in kindergarten must turn 5 before September 1.

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.” 

Learn more about Kindergarten Enrollment & Early Entrance Screening.

Preschool and Early Childhood Options

Gilbert Public Schools offers many great preschool options for children including:

Amanecer Developmental Preschool

Building Blocks & Kindercamp Summer

PreK/Kindergarten Prep (K-Prep)


A child who turns five between September 1 and December 31 of the current school year will be assessed to determine readiness in order to qualify for early entrance into kindergarten. Please keep in mind that children entering kindergarten a year early must meet all typical expectations for other kindergarten students and move into first grade the following year.

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