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Attendance Matters

Attendance Matters

Attendance Matters

Consistent attendance is critically important for several reasons. Firstly, it ensures access to a structured and comprehensive education. Regular attendance ensures that students can benefit from Scottsdale's unique & diverse curriculum, giving them the knowledge and skills necessary for personal and professional development.

Moreover, Scottsdale schools foster social interaction and the development of important life skills such as teamwork, communication, and problem-solving. By attending school regularly, students can engage with their peers, learn from diverse perspectives, and build the interpersonal skills they'll need throughout their lives.

Secondly, public schools play a crucial role in fostering a sense of community and social cohesion. They bring together students from various backgrounds, creating an environment where individuals can learn to appreciate diversity, respect differences, and develop empathy. By regularly attending school, students have the opportunity to form meaningful relationships with classmates and teachers, contributing to a strong support network. Furthermore, Scottsdale schools host community events, workshops, and parent-teacher meetings that encourage parental involvement in their child's education. This interaction between school, family, and the community creates a sense of belonging, reinforcing the importance of education and collective responsibility for the success of the next generation. In this way, attendance not only benefits individual students but also contributes to the well-being and harmony of the broader society.

Did You Know?

  • Starting in kindergarten, too many absences (excused and unexcused) can cause children to fall behind in school.   
  • Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) increases the chance that your student will not read or master math at the same level as their peers.  
  • Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks.  
  • Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.  
  • Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher must slow down learning to help children catch up.  
  • By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high school.  
  • By being present at school, your child learns valuable social skills and can develop meaningful relationships with other students and school staff.  
  • Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with schoolwork, dealing with a bully or facing some other potentially serious difficulty.  
  • By 9th grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.

Benefits for Attending School Regularly

  1. Achievement: Students who attend school regularly are more likely to do better on reading and math assessments than students who do not attend school regularly.  ​
  2. Opportunity: Being in school every day gives students opportunities to learn from others and to learn important information about future aspirations.​
  3. Exposure to the English Language: Regular school attendance can also help students who are learning English by giving them the opportunity to master skills more quickly.​
  4. Being Part of the School Community: Just by being present at school, your child is learning how to participate in the school community and learning valuable social skills.


Preschool Attendance Information:
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Elementary Attendance Information:
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Secondary Attendance Information:
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When Do Absences Become A Problem?

Chronic Absences vs. Dropout %