Madison Elementary School District offers full-day kindergarten at all of our elementary schools and K-8 Traditional Academy.
Free full-day kindergarten programs are offered at Madison’s Title 1 schools: Madison Camelview and Madison Rose Lane. Fee-based full day programs are offered at Madison Simis, Madison Heights, and Madison Traditional Academy. The fee is $215 per month.
Full-day kindergarten is an extension of the state’s half-day program for math and language arts. The Madison full-day programs provide a deeper understanding of language arts, with a focus on the literacy elements of phonics, vocabulary, comprehension, science, and social studies. The full-day programs also provide an enriched experience in the arts.
Students are grouped for literacy according to their academic needs. Those who meet district benchmarks are placed into an enriched group as described above, and those requiring additional support in literacy receive intervention.
Summer Kindergarten Readiness Program
Madison’s Kindergarten Readiness program offers a comprehensive curriculum designed to introduce English Language Arts to incoming Kindergartners and prepare them for later reading success. Your child will be introduced to materials and instruction that provides developmentally appropriate language, literacy, and content knowledge, helping them build a strong foundation and preparation for entry into Kindergarten.
Co-instructed by a Madison Kindergarten teacher and Madison preschool teacher, students will be introduced to learning experiences that promote social and emotional readiness that will help them easily transition into a formal school environment.
Madison’s Kindergarten Readiness program is most appropriate for students who have not attended an academically based preschool and want the advantage for early preparation for Kindergarten.
To register your child for full-day kindergarten, please visit the school of your choice to complete a registration packet.
Madison’s Community Education department handles the fee payments for the Summer Kindergarten Readiness program and payments for the fee-based full-day kindergarten program. Please visit the Registrations & Payments page for more on registration dates and payment information.
Frequently Asked Questions
How old must my child be to enroll in kindergarten?
For admission to kindergarten, children must be five (5) years of age prior to September 1 of the current school year.
The Madison School District will not offer early entry testing or admit students who are not yet five (5) prior to September 1 for the school year. (This statement is in the policy regulation, JEB-R.)
Children may be admitted to first grade who are six (6) years of age, or shall be deemed six (6) years of age if they reach such age prior to September 1 of the current school year.
Why is Full Day Kindergarten offered for free at some schools, but not all?
Madison Camelview and Madison Rose Lane are Title I schools, meaning a certain percentage of their student population qualifies for free or reduced lunch. Title I funding allows Madison to offer additional programs at these schools.
Free Full Day Kindergarten used to be offered at all schools. What happened?
The State of Arizona stopped funding Full Day Kindergarten. The state now only funds half day sessions.