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Traditional Kindergarten Prep Overview

  • Traditional Kindergarten Prep is a program for four year olds, the year before Kindergarten, designed to give a jump start on their Traditional educational pathway. This 20-student program is taught by a certified teacher who has been trained in traditional curriculum and methodologies, with a classroom assistant to support the students. A partial-day program offering morning and afternoon is available at Neely Traditional Academy, a hybrid program is available at Canyon Rim Elementary, and a full-day program is available at Spectrum Elementary.  

    Traditional Kindergarten Prep students will participate in a primary language arts program based on the Spalding Method using 'The Writing Road to Reading' (2012). It is a phonics-based program with an emphasis on oral phonogram practice. The mathematics program, Math in Focus, is a comprehensive program that develops strong algebraic concepts and problem-solving skills.  Science, music, art, and physical education are introduced daily through hands-on discovery and other intentionally developed activities. Kindergarten Prep is aligned with the Arizona Department of Education Early Learning Standards, and is supplemented with: Handwriting Without Tears, We Thinkers! Social-Emotional Curriculum, STEM, and Unplugged Coding activities.  

    Traditional Kindergarten Prep Program

    Traditional curriculum and preschool learning environment are designed to prepare children for K-12 and beyond.

    Ages: 4 & 5

    Partial Day: AM 5 Days, 8:15am–11:15am or PM 4 Days, 12:15pm-3:15pm at Neely Traditional Academy and Canyon Rim

    Full Day: Monday-Friday, 8:15am-3:15pm (2:15pm on Wednesdays) at Canyon Rim and Spectrum Elementary   


    Enrollment for the current school year and 2024/25 is now open.                             

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Traditional Kindergarten Prep Locations

  • Partial-day Program: Neely Traditional Academy and Canyon Rim Elementary 8:15 AM - 11:15 AM (Monday - Friday) and 12:15 PM - 3:15 PM (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday)

    Hybrid Program: Canyon Rim Elementary AM, PM or Full Day schedules offered

    Full-day Programs: Canyon Rim Elementary and Spectrum Elementary (Monday - Friday) 8:15 AM - 3:15 PM with Wednesday Early Release at 2:15 PM.

Contact Community Education

  • Contact Gilbert Public Schools Community Education Office

    480-892-9089 x0
    Office Hours: Monday–Thursday 8:00 am–4:30 pm & Friday 8:00 am–12:00 pm (closed Fridays in June/July)

    Note: Gilbert Public Schools Community Education Department has computer terminals available to use at our office at 6839 East Guadalupe Road in Mesa, Arizona, for preschool enrollment for families without online access.