*** Peoria Unified School District has made the decision to cancel Kindergarten Early Entrance Testing due to many variables beyond our control related to the coronavirus. The health and wellbeing of our students is our priority. We are following the direction of the Governor and Superintendent of Public Instruction and are committed in helping decrease the spread of COVID-19.
Refunds will be issued for families who prepaid the testing fee. Due to the volume of refunds across the district and the minimal number of staff in our buildings, this process may take longer than normal.
Please know that this decision in no way impacts our decisions related to the 2020-21 school year. We are working through plans related to the start of the new year and look forward to sharing those with you once we have additional information.
We appreciate your understanding and willingness to help us in our effort to decrease the spread of COVID-19. If you have any questions, or for information about preschool options* please see attached or call 623-773-6675***
Kindergarten is an exciting experience and serves as the foundation for a child's future. In Kindergarten, your child will gain skills which will help them learn how to read and write. They will learn social skills, emotional skills and listening skills. They will learn concepts in literacy, mathematics and social studies. They are also exposed to physical education and special classes such as art, and music. Kindergarten is so much more than just your A, B, C's - it is where creativity is encouraged and bright minds blossom in a fun, safe environment. In Peoria Unified, we strive to make this an easy adjustment for parents to ensure your child is well-prepared for the best possible educational experience. The district encourages parents with kindergarten-aged children to register at their neighborhood school.
Enroll in Kindergarten
Children, who are five-years-old before September 1, may be registered at the school site. For a complete list of Peoria Unified schools, click here.
Parents should bring the following documents when they register their child:
- the child’s original birth certificate;
- up-to-date immunization records;
- proof of residency in the district (a utility bill or lease agreement is acceptable)
Parents may download a copy of the enrollment packet and open enrollment form from the district’s website on the Enrollment page. The forms can be completed at home. Parents may bring a completed form with them when they register their child, expediting the process at the school.
The Kindergarten Parent Handbook includes information on preparing your child for kindergarten, reading tips, age appropriate games and a kindergarten readiness checklist.
Please note, to register for Kindergarten, you must include, with the elementary school enrollment packet, the completed registration form. If you live outside district boundaries, you will need to complete the Open Enrollment Variance Application form.
For more information, please call your neighborhood school or contact the district office at 623-486-6000.
Kinder Camp 2020-21 Update
We know that your incoming kindergarteners are excited about the new school year and you, as parents, have many questions about what the school year will look like for your child. Due to the extensive work to ensure that our district's comprehensive plan to return to school is seamless for all families, and in accordance with Governor Doug Ducey's Executive Order to push back the start of in-person classes, Peoria Unified has made the difficult decision to cancel this year's Kinder Camp program for our incoming kindergarten students.
While we strongly feel this program is greatly valued among families to help their child be well-prepared for the start of school, we feel empowered to begin the 2020-21 school year with support, resources, and a well-thought out plan that will positively impact all students and how school will look for them.
All families registered for Kinder Camp will receive a full refund for any funds that have been paid out for this in-person program.
If you have any questions specific to Kinder Camp, please contact the KidZOne office at 623-773-6688.