• We are excited to welcome your kindergartner to our school!  To learn more about our school please take a look around our website and if you would like, please schedule a tour.

Gilbert Public Schools Kindergarten Program Highlights

  • We are excited to welcome our Kindergarten students and their families!  Please read on for helpful information and resources.

    We offer tuition-free, full-day Kindergarten programs at all of our 26 elementary schools, half-day morning Kindergarten at Burk, Accelerated Kindergarten at Highland Park, Meridian, Playa del Rey, Quartz Hill, and Val Vista Lakes, Dual-Language Spanish Kindergarten at Gilbert Elementary, and Traditional Kindergarten at Canyon Rim, Neely Traditional, and Spectrum.

    Our Kindergarten students enjoy a challenging and comprehensive curriculum designed to provide the individualized attention they need to thrive while developing a lifelong love for learning.

    • Convenient full-day and half-day Kindergarten options in a nurturing environment taught by certified and highly qualified teachers
    • Half-day (morning) Kindergarten option at Burk Elementary
    • Five Accelerated Kindergarten options at Highland Park Elementary, Meridian Elementary, Playa del Rey Elementary,  Quartz Hill Elementary, and Val Vista Elementary.
    • Three Traditional Academies (K–6) options including Neely Traditional Academy, Canyon Rim Elementary, & Spectrum Elementary
    • Rigorous instruction in core academic areas that address the Arizona state standards in reading, writing, math, science, and social studies
    • Rich opportunities that promote positive social skills and character development within a structured learning environment
    • Recognized educational excellence and consistency in achieving high scores on statewide assessments
    • Well-defined and tailored curriculum with high-quality academic programs and extra-curricular activities to meet your student’s needs and strengths, including music, artistic expression, and physical education for the enrichment of the whole child
    • Gilbert Public Schools Special Education Kindergarten programs provide quality early education for children with special needs.

Dual Language Spanish Immersion

  • Gilbert Elementary offers families the unique opportunity to enroll their children in a dual language program in kindergarten through 5th grade.

    This program allows students the advantage of learning their grade level content in two languages, English and Spanish. The focus of the program is to develop culturally responsive, active learners who are intellectually challenged and engaged.

    What is Dual Language?
    Dual language is a bilingual education model that uses English and a partner language (Spanish at Gilbert) for 50% of instructional time.  These programs generally begin in kindergarten and roll up one grade level per year.  A clear separation of languages is essential with a commitment to stay in the target language and encourage students to use that target language during target language time as well.  Having a clear articulation of the program will also ensure its success.  

    The Dual Language Philosophy 
    Dual language at GPS will prepare students for full participation in the global economy.  Using the research-based dual language instructional model, participating students develop proficiency in two languages while learning grade-level academic content.

    Program Benefits

    • Enhanced Cognitive Skills: By being immersed in two languages throughout the academic school day, dual language students develop 3-4 strong modalities (learning styles), similar to gifted students.  Dual language students develop cognitive flexibility, demonstrating increased attention control, better memory, and superior problem-solving skills as well as an enhanced understanding of their primary language.  
    • Strong Second Language Skills:  Dual language students graduate their programs being bilingual, bi-literate in two languages.
    • Global Economy Participation: This program model is the only one that allows for students to reach levels of language proficiency needed for full participation in the global economy.
    • Enhanced Cultural Sensitivity: Culture and language are interrelated.  Therefore, students participating in the dual language program develop intercultural competence, meaning they learn to use language appropriately in different cultural contexts. Students become adept at accepting and becoming comfortable with others' differences.

Kindergarten Enrollment Steps & Information

Kindergarten Early Entrance Screening Information

  • Early Entrance Screenings will take place in June prior to the school year of registration, and be completed prior to the first day of school. Early Entrance Screening will not be available once school has begun. 

    Early Entrance Handbook (pdf)


    Online Early Entrance Screening Registration Instructions:

    • All screening registrations must be submitted online.
    • A non-refundable $90.00 fee will be collected at the time of registration and may be paid using Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover Card. Once registration is completed, a confirmation will be sent via email indicating the date, appointment time, and location for your child’s screening. Please download and read the Early Entrance Screening Handbook before your appointment.
    • Screening sessions are subject to cancellation if minimum enrollment is not met.
    • Registering online for screening does not in any way guarantee enrollment into kindergarten.
    • Face coverings are optional.
    • Only one adult may accompany each child registered for a screening. No other children are allowed at this time.

    Screening Registration is completed online via Community Education's online system, Eleyo:

    Screening Registration


    Questions about registration or payment?
    Call the Community Education Department at 480-892-9089 prior to kindergarten screening registration, during business hours.

    Questions about details concerning the screening or the process?
    Call the Curriculum Department prior to kindergarten screening registration or your appointment at 480-497-3477 during regular business hours.