PVSchools Preschool / Kindergarten
Pre-K, daycare and before/after school programs
Our new Montessori Preschool at Mercury Mine for 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds is based on the principles of Dr. Maria Montessori, in which children learn in a specially created environment designed to enhance and develop natural curiosity, creativity and intelligence. The school’s unique setting surrounded by desert foothills, a beautiful desert botanical garden and multiple outdoor learning spaces inspire learning. An experienced Montessori-certified teacher will teach the class at Mercury Mine, and the class size is limited to 22 students. Learn more about our new Montessori Preschool.
Free, full day kindergarten
All PVSchools elementary schools offer free, full-day kindergarten
Our kindergarten academic program includes 180 minutes of language and literacy instruction and 60 minutes of math each day plus social studies, science and special classes in music, art, physical education and media services. Parents of children who turn 5 years old before September 1 of the enrolling year may register at their neighborhood Paradise Valley school.
To find your school boundaries visit the boundary maps page. Registration takes place at the school office. Please bring the following information with you:
- A certified copy of your child’s birth certificate
- Your child's immunization records
- Proof of Arizona residency, such as a utility bill, such as a gas, electric, water, telephone bill; or a house payment receipt, rent receipt or lease agreement.
- An emergency contact name, phone number and email address
- Name of your child's doctor and phone number.
Download the Kindergarten Experience booklet.
Visit the enrollment page to download enrollment forms and — if you live outside the district — learn about the open enrollment process
Gifted pre-K and kindergarten
Our Gifted Preschool program is for 4-year-old children who are identified as gifted. We emphasize critical and creative thinking, use an accelerated curriculum, integrated technology and individualization. Our teachers are Early Childhood Certified and hold a Gifted Endorsement. The program is offered at Desert Cove Elementary, Desert Trails Elementary, Fireside Elementary and North Ranch Elementary, and follow the district calendar.
Self-contained kindergarten classes are designed for high-achieving gifted and talented students ready to work beyond grade level. All teachers are Early Childhood Certified and hold a Gifted Endorsement. Students in this program also participate in the school’s special areas and are included in all grade-level activities and field trips. To qualify for the self-contained gifted program, students must have an IQ of 127 or more or gifted test scores of 97 or more in one of three areas: verbal, quantitative, or non-verbal.