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Pre-K enrollment dates for 2019-2020 will be announced in November.

Early Learning Programs

Community Education/Pre-K (2s, 3s & 4s)

SUSD Community Education offers tuition-based programs for toddlers (2s), Preschool (3s) and Pre-Kindergarten (4s). 

Pre-K (4s): Any student enrolling in Pre-Kindergarten must be four (4) years old on or before August 31 in the school year for which you are applying and must be potty-trained. 

Preschool (3s): Any student enrolling in Preschool must be three (3) years old on or before August 31 in the school year for which you are applying and must be potty-trained.  Child may not start until they are 3.

Toddlers (2s): Must be at least 2 years old to attend.  Toddlers in a 2s/3s combined class must be potty-trained.

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Anasazi ES (4s)
Cherokee ES (2s, 3s and 4s)
Cheyenne (4s)
Cochise ES (4s)
Copper Ridge (3s and 4s)
Desert Canyon ES (2s/3s Combo and 4s)
Echo Canyon (3s/4s Combo)
Kiva ES (4s)
Laguna ES (2s, 3s and 4s)
Pueblo ES* (2s, 3s and 4s)
Redfield ES (Gifted Pre-K)
*Pueblo Preschool and Pre-K offers a dual language program

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Twos (2s)             Combo (2s/3s)

Cherokee, Desert Canyon,                                             Laguna & Pueblo

7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

$689 per block



4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

$99 per block


Preschool (3s)   Combo (3s/4s)      Pre-K (4s)                 

Cheyenne & Echo Canyon

7:45am - 2:15pm

$629 per block


Anasazi, Cherokee,                     Copper Ridge, Desert Canyon, Kiva, & Laguna

8:30am - 3:00 pm



8:40am - 3:10pm



8:45am- 3:15pm


Gifted Pre-K


8:30am -3:00pm

$750 per block


$50 non-refundable registration fee and 1st block payment is due at registration


Before & after-school programs available at select schools. 
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Title I Pre-K Academy

Title I Pre-K

The SUSD Title I Pre-Kindergarten is a federally funded program for four-year-olds (prior to September 1st of the current year) who demonstrate academic need. This program is provided at no cost to those students who live within the attendance area of a Title I elementary school in SUSD. The Title I Pre-Kindergarten program provides instruction in a learning environment that nurtures language and emergent literacy, where children will grow and flourish in a developmentally appropriate setting.

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Note: Children who qualify for another educational program (i.e., PANDA, Kindergarten) are not eligible for the Title I Pre-Kindergarten.

Free All Day Pre-K - English Info | Spanish Info


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Participating Schools

Applications accepted at the following participating schools:

Hohokam Elementary
Navajo Elementary 
Pima Elementary
Tavan Elementary
Tonalea K8
Yavapai Elementary


Panda Program

PANDA programs provide preschool intervention services for 3-5-year-old children with special needs who are not yet eligible for kindergarten. The program is designed to facilitate the growth and development of young students with special needs through early intervention. For more information,  call (480) 484-5040.

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What is preschool screening?

The purposes off preschool screening are to:

  • Identify preschool children* eligible for special education services. Children must live within the boundaries of the Scottsdale School District to be screened.
  • Recruit or identify preschool children* as peer models for a specialized developmental preschool (PANDA Preschool Program). Peer models are not required to live in the school district boundaries but must be toilet trained.

*Preschool children must be 33 months to 5 years old but not kindergarten age to participate in preschool screening.

For concerns regarding kindergartners and  students through age 21, contact your local school for Child Find information.

Screening information:

  • Screenings are provided at no cost
  • Appointments are required for screenings.
  • Parents/guardians will be asked to provide developmental information regarding their concerns about their child.
  • If the child has had a previous evaluation, parents are encouraged to bring copies of the evaluation reports/documentation. 
  • Preschool children will be assessed by a preschool team.  Children will be asked to point to, name or talk about pictures, build block structures, draw, and perform fine and gross motor tasks.
  • Upon completion of screening, families will be notified if an evaluation is recommended for special education consideration or if the child meets the criteria for consideration as a peer model.

What is PANDA?

Special Education Services

Special education services are delivered based on student needs. These services may include speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, vision/hearing services and/or a developmental preschool program (PANDA preschool). 

PANDA  Preschool Program

Preschool for Assessed Needs in Developmental Areas (PANDA) is recommended for students who require intensive special education. PANDA classes meet 11 hours per week, 4 days (MTThF) per week. The number of students and staff per classroom varies.  PANDA  programs are located throughout the District. 

PANDA Preschool Peer Models are preschool-aged children recruited from the community to provide strong language models and positive behaviors for special education students. Peer models pay tuition of $30 per week. 

Screening Dates & Times

Child Find Preschool Screenings will be conducted weekly at northern and southern district locations by appointment only. Contact 480-484-5040 or email for an appointment. 

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Copper Ridge School
Cherokee Elementary
Hohokam Elementary
Laguna Elementary
Navajo Elementary
Redfield Elementary
Tavan Elementary
Yavapai Elementary

SUSD Gifted Pre-K Academy

Gifted Pre-K Academy

Gifted Pre-K Academy

The Gifted Pre-Kindergarten Academy (GPA) is designed for identified young children who have superior verbal and quantitative abilities. We provide an enriched environment developed on the theme of Global Explorations that nurtures potential including musical instruments and a world language. SUSD believes that the earlier we can intervene with children the greater the achievement impact on their learning trajectory.  The GPA will quicken the love of learning to last a lifetime.

If interested in signing up for testing into this program, please click on the link below and scroll down to gifted Pre-K 4s Interest List and follow the instructions to enroll.

CLICK HERE FOR: Gifted Pre-K 4s Interest List 

Learn more about the Gifted Pre-Kindergarten Academy

Learn more about the Gifted Pre-Kindergarten Academy

Identified young children who have superior verbal and quantitative abilities can be given enriched environments that nurture potential. SUSD believes that the earlier we can intervene with children the greater the achievement impact on their learning trajectory.  Our Gifted Pre-Kindergarten Academies (GPA) will quicken the love of learning to last a lifetime.

Young learners who show advanced abilities to learn at a more rapid rate and with greater depth need a more enriched and stimulating learning environment than is designed for the average child. Young children need a child-centered approach that is developmentally appropriate. A hands-on approach can be directed to provide the fundamentals for early academic learning. Being a keen observer and explorer of the world will best lay the groundwork for future learning.  Using a constructivist approach allows students to discover the underlying patterns that are the foundations for reading and mathematics. 

A literature rich environment will guide the development of reading skills and comprehension.  Students are taught how to think like a disciplinarian as they investigate the world around them. SUSD’s Gifted Pre-Kindergarten Academy provides an environment that nurtures the intellect, accelerates academics, taps creativity and develops social and emotional skills.

The SUSD Gifted Pre-Kindergarten Academies (GPA) are tuition-based programs designed for 4-year-old children.  Students attend full-day (approximately same hours as host school), Monday through Friday (same as SUSD school calendar) with the option to attend before or after school care see

Staff include certified teachers with Gifted Endorsed and Early Childhood endorsements or are presently working on them.  Classified assistants are trained in hands-on methodologies designed for the specialized needs of young gifted children.  Ratio is 2 adults to 22 students. 

FAQ about the GPA

How can my child be tested for the Gifted Pre-K Academy?

There are multiple ways to determine if your child is eligible to join the Gifted Pre-K Academy.

  1. SUSD provides placement screening based on the child’s age at the time of the test.  The testing window opens in December and is available once a week depending on the age of the student at the time of testing.  Students who are a minimum of three years and three months are assessed on the DIAL and students who are four are tested on the NNAT. A nonrefundable fee of $120 is due at the time of testing. All students must be 4 years old on or before August 31st. (SUSD reserves the right to determine what assessments will be used.)

  2. Licensed Psychologist reports using any age appropriate instrument identified on the ADE “State Approved Test List for the Identification of Gifted Students in Arizona” can be submitted for review to Generally, results such as the WPPSI, Stanford Binet or Woodcock-Johnson Test of Cognitive Abilities are accepted in SUSD.

What is the selection process to be eligible for the GPA?

  1. Parents will go to the Gifted Services link to sign up for testing with SUSD or they can submit their children’s scores from outside IQ testing to  This will establish your place in line for membership.
  2. Invitations to enroll are sent by email after outside testing reports are reviewed or testing is completed with SUSD.
  3. Once accepted follow the Pre-K registration steps for Community Ed Pre-K at CE.SUSD.ORG. Print your invitation letter and go to the Community Education Office to pay a non-refundable $50 registration fee and the first month’s tuition of $750 to accept your membership in the GPA. The parent has two business days from the time the email is sent to pay. This completes the selection process. After two days and the registration is not complete, the membership will be offered to the next in line.
  4. Selection is based on multiple factors:
    1.   Gifted and High Potential Indicators
    2.   First Come First Serve
    3.   Residence in-district SUSD boundaries and the SUSD Open Enrollment priorities
    4.    Balance for gender
    5.    Parents will be notified by email if their child is 1) fully accepted and invited, 2) probationary acceptance with a later possible follow-up invitation, or 3) does not qualify for Gifted Pre-K Academy and is eligible for the standard Community Education Pre-Kindergarten programs.
  5. Wait Lists are determined by the factors mentioned above.

What is unique about the Gifted Pre-K Academy compared to other pre-schools?

Scottsdale’s Gifted Pre-K Academy is designed to provide advanced and rigorous academic curriculum while sparking curiosity, igniting creativity and nurturing talent. Students have access to advanced materials in reading and mathematics based on individual student mastery levels.  Curiosity if peaked with a unique exposure to world language and cultures.  Creativity is supported in music, visual arts and physical skills with teachers who specialize in those areas providing a wide base of expression. Our Music Instrument Exploration is founded on regular and sequential skill development with violins.  The plasticity of the young brain is capitalized on through early Mandarin language and Chinese culture exploration.

If I sign up for the standard Pre-K with SUSD Community Education will the fees transfer to the Gifted Pre-K Academy enrollment?

Yes. Parents are encouraged to sign up and secure a spot in one of the Community Ed Pre-K classes as you wait for acceptance into the Gifted Pre-K program.

Who are the contacts for this program?

  1. Gifted Learning and Acceleration Department
    1. 8500 E. Jackrabbit Road
      Scottsdale, AZ 85250
    2. Phone: 480.484.5014
    3. Caitlin Miller, Gifted and Accelerated Learning Assistant
  2. Redfield Elementary School
    1. 9181 E. Redfield Road, Scottsdale, AZ  85260
    2. Phone: 480.484.4000
    3. Christine Bonow, Principal
  3. Community Education
    1. 8500 E. Jackrabbit Road
      Scottsdale, AZ 85250
    2. Phone: 480.484.7932
    3. Melissa Tornquist, Student Support Coordinator

Are there Information Meetings or Tours of Redfield Elementary School?

The Redfield Cardinals offer tours every Wednesday from 9:00-10: 00 a.m. In addition, we will be offering special Pre-K/ Kindergarten Round-up presentations and classroom visits on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, Jan 10th at 9:00-10:00am
  • Wednesday, March 28th at 6:00-7:00pm

Please call 480-484-4000 to RSVP

Where is the Gifted Pre-K Academy located?

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Redfield Elementary School
9181 E. Redfield Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
To sign up for a tour: Redfield Tour Form
Phone: (480) 484-4000


Early Learning
8500 E Jackrabbit Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85250

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