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Preschool - Kindergarten Prep

 Traditional, Gifted Cluster, S.T.E.A.M and Conventional 

Registration for the 2024-2025 School Year is Open

Kindergarten Prep follows the GPS school calendar for holidays and breaks.

Complete information and the Kindergarten Prep Parent Handbook can be found on the district website:

2024-2025 Locations and Class Times 

Class Times:

  • AM Session: 8:15 - 11:15, Monday-Friday
  • PM Session: 12:15 - 3:15 Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri
  • Full Day Session 8:15-3:15 Mon - Fri (2:15 release on Wednesdays)

Traditional Kindergarten Prep:

  • Spectrum Elementary 
    • Full Day 
  • Canyon Rim Elementary (Hybrid Schedules Offered)
    • Full Day Session
    • AM Session
    • PM Session
  • Neely Traditional Academy
    • AM Session
    • PM Session

S.T.E.A.M. Kindergarten Prep

  • Quartz Hill Elementary School
    • Full Day

Gifted Cluster Kindergarten Prep:

  • Ashland Ranch
    • AM Session
    • PM Session

Conventional Kindergarten Prep:

  • Ashland Ranch
  • Highland Park 
  • Val Vista Lakes
    • AM Session
    • PM Session
  • Superstition Springs (Hybrid Schedule Offered)
    • AM Session
    • PM Session
    • Full Day Session

Class Size
Up to 20 Students per class
Taught by an HQT Certified Teacher with an assistant

About the Program
Kindergarten Prep transforms learning into a walk of discovery, offering safe and exciting opportunities for experimentation, challenge, and fun at every turn! This program is designed to give your child a jump-start on becoming a prepared and eager student ready for the rigors of Kindergarten and being a valued member of Gilbert Public Schools! Kindergarten Prep curriculum focuses on literacy and academic content in an intentionally developed preschool environment. Fundations, which provides a strong foundation for reading and writing, is introduced and focused on daily.
Traditional Kindergarten Prep is designed to give students that will be attending a Traditional Kindergarten a jump-start on their educational pathway. Traditional Kindergarten Prep children will participate in primary language arts (Spalding), math (Math in Focus), science, music, art, and physical education through hands-on discovery and other age-appropriate activities.

S.T.E.A.M. Kindergarten Prep (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) students at Quartz Hill will be a part of an A School of Excellence where they will have the opportunity for real-world hands-on/minds-on learning. Quartz Hill K-Prep students will be involved in a full-day of project-based learning and introduced to coding. Through these experiences, children will use their imagination, be innovators and be inspired as emerging Trailblazers!

Gifted Cluster Kindergarten Prep is offered at Ashland Ranch Elementary. Student can be placed in the Gifted Cluster after qualifying through testing with a certified school psychologist. There is a $175 fee for the testing.  Registration for gifted testing opens April 8, 2024.

Link to Gifted Cluster Testing Registration

All programs are aligned with the Arizona Department of Education Early Learning Standards, and are supplemented with:
Handwriting Without Tears
STEM Activities
Unplugged Coding

Monthly Tuition & Fees: 

$50 Registration Fee

AM Session:  $385 per month, Monday-Friday

PM Session:  $340 per month, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Full Day:  $790 per month, Monday-Friday (Wednesday 1 hour early release)

GPS Employee Rates - please call the preschool office - employment verification required

2024-2025 School Year** - Registration fee and a security deposit of $100 from November 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024 will be due at time of registration. The remaining balance for the first scheduled tuition is due by July 22, 2024. Registrations received on July 1, 2024 and after are required to pay the registration fee and the first scheduled tuition payment at the time of registration. The registration fee, security deposit and 1st month tuition paid during registration are NON-REFUNDABLE, no exceptions. The security deposit will be applied to the first scheduled tuition payment.

Preschool Parent Handbook 2024-2025 School Year

**Both the Eleyo and Infinite Campus registrations must be completed by July 16, 2024 in order to ensure the ability to start on the first day of school. Registration must also be finalized on the campus prior to the child’s start date.

Age 4-5 Must be 4 by August 31, for the school year registering for.

Toilet Trained - All students must be completely independent in toileting; to be considered completely independent in toileting, a child must be able to do ALL of the following:

  • Are able to communicate the need to go to the toilet; including but not limited to, demonstrating control over going if they must wait for someone who is in the bathroom or if away from the bathroom
  • Can independently pull down their underwear and pants and pull them back up when done. This includes clothing with belts, buttons, zippers etc., if worn to school
  • Can independently clean their bottoms after using the toilet
  • Get on and off the toilet by themselves
  • Wash and dry their hands by themselves
  • Disposable training pants (i.e. Pull-ups) are not permitted per AZDHS Licensing

All dates, times and locations are subject to change

If you have concerns about your child's development, and live within the GPS boundaries, please go to and follow the instructions for Preschool Screening.

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School Year 24-25