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The Dysart Unified School District offers full-day instruction for all kindergarten students. The Dysart kindergarten program is standards-based and designed to be developmentally and individually appropriate in addressing three areas of development: Cognitive, Social, and Physical. There is no direct cost to families for this full-day program. The focus of the kindergarten program is for teachers to deliver curriculum aligned with the Arizona academic standards. Students will have the opportunity to develop fundamental understandings while beginning to apply these understandings to hands-on, real-life experience.

Kindergarten Entry Requirements

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 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.


Kindergarten students learning reading

Language Arts

Kindergarten literacy will engage students in daily lessons and activities that will develop their reading and writing foundational skills and provide an opportunity to express themselves through various modes of communication. Literacy components include vocabulary, oral language development, interactive writing, small group and independent reading, phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, comprehension, read alouds, text discussion/collaboration, and independent writing/publishing.

Kindergarten student working with math manipulatives


Kindergarten math provides students the opportunity to think about numbers and their relation to our world, including problems and their possible solutions. Students will investigate and explore our world and the numbers within it as they interact with daily activities such as calendar, vocabulary building, shared problem solving, manipulatives, as well as guided math and centers aligned to the math standards.

students learning social sciences

Science and Social Studies

Science experiments, Social Studies projects/activities and other standards-based centers and activities to support instruction will be embedded into language arts and math instruction when applicable.


Kindergarten registration for all schools in the Dysart Unified School District is now open. To determine the school boundary for your residence, please visit Families enrolling students in the Dysart Unified School District for the current and upcoming school year can now register online. Upon the completion of the online registration, families will need to participate in an enrollment finalization meeting. Online data will be reviewed and families will be asked to provide hard copies of essential documents including: a birth certificate, immunization records, and proof of residency.