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Early Entrance Into Kindergarten

Dysart Schools offers a full-day kindergarten program which addresses developmentally and individually appropriate student development in three areas: cognitive, social and physical. Students typically must be five (5) years of age on or prior to August 31 in the school year for which they are applying to begin kindergarten. However, Dysart has established a process by which an incoming student who does not meet this age requirement, but will turn five prior to the end of the calendar year, can be evaluated for possible early entry into Dysart’s Kindergarten program. Details on the process and timeline are below.

Early entrance applications are closed for the 2024-2025 school year. Details for 2025-2026 applications will posted as soon as it is available.

Who is eligible to take the Early Entrance Into Kindergarten Screener?

Children who turn 5 between September 1 and December 31 of each year, may participate in our screening session to assess a child’s readiness for early entrance into kindergarten. 

When is the Screener offered?

  • June 11, 2024, 8:00am-3:00pm 
  • June 18, 2024, 8:00am-3:00pm  
  • July 8, 2024, 8:00am-3:00pm 

A time during the window will be assigned to you.  Specific times may not be requested. Screenings will not be available once the school year starts. 

Is there a cost to take the screener?

There is a $60.00 nonrefundable fee for the Early Entrance Into Kindergarten Screener. This will be paid after you register and have been verified. After registration/verification you will receive an email with screening and payment information. Financial assistance available, if qualified.

Where is the testing location?

Dysart Unified School District 

15802 N. Parkview Place Surprise, AZ 85374 


When do we get the results?

The screener is individually administered by a Kindergarten teacher. The Academic Services Department will notify you by email with the results within 7-10 business days after completion.

What is involved in the screening?

The screening can last up to 40 minutes. The child will work one-on-one with a certified teacher to take a variety of short assessments.  Parents cannot be in the room during the screening, but must remain on the premises.

What if my child passes, but I do not want them to attend my home school?

You will have the email verifying that your child is eligible.  You would work with the open enrollment coordinator to open enroll at [email protected].

What if I have questions?