Programs

Early Learning Programs

Twos (2s)

The Early Learning 2s program offers care and learning for children a minimum age of two years old. The 2s/3s combined class at Desert Canyon Elementary school children must be potty-trained. 

Preschool (3s)

The SUSD Community Education Early Learning Preschool program offers care and learning for children three years old. Must be potty trained. 

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 Before & after-school programs available at select schools | Kids Club

 Block payments can be made by credit card through the Parent Portal ($6 convenience fee) or by check or cash made out to SUSD and sent to Community Education, 8500 East Jackrabbit Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85250

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. More information or call (480) 484-5086

Learn more about the different Early Childhood programs that SUSD offers. Click here for more information!

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Cherokee ES
Desert Canyon ES
Laguna ES
Pueblo ES

Options (17/18):

 M-F (7AM-4PM)
  $689/block
 M/W/F
   7AM-4PM 
   $236/block
M/W/F
  7AM-11:30AM 
  $236/block
 ​​​​​T/Th
   7AM-4PM 
   $316/block
T/Th
   7-11:30AM
   $158/block

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Before & after-school programs available at select schools | Kids Club

Block payments can be made by credit card through the Parent Portal ($6 convenience fee) or by check or cash made out to SUSD and sent to Community Education, 8500 East Jackrabbit Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85250

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. More information or call (480) 484-5086

Learn more about the different Early Childhood programs that SUSD offers. Click here for more information!

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ANLC
Cherokee ES (PANDA)
Copper Ridge (PANDA)
Desert Canyon ES
Hohokam (PANDA only)
Kiva ES (PANDA only)

Laguna ES (PANDA)
Navajo (PANDA only)

Pueblo ES
Redfield ES (PANDA only)
Tavan ES (PANDA only)
Yavapai ES (PANDA only)

Options for Non-PANDA classes:
 arrow.gifM-F (Times vary per campus)
  $629/block

PANDA Options:
View brochure.

Pre-Kindergarten (4s)

SUSD Pre-Kindergarten program offers care and learning for children 4 years of age prior to September 1 of the current year. Community Education programs are M-F $629/block. PANDA and Title I programs do not follow these guidelines.

Gifted Pre-K Academy

SUSD Gifted Pre-Kindergarten Academy (GPA) is designed to meet the unique learning needs of gifted 4-year-old children.  Eligible students must meet the gifted requirements for young children who show superior verbal and quantitative abilities.  An enriched, rigorous, accelerated learning environment is provided by a certified teacher with specialized training in meeting the needs of gifted youngsters.   

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Anasazi ES
ANLC
Cherokee ES (PANDA)*
Cheyenne
Cochise ES
Copper Ridge (PANDA)*
Desert Canyon ES
Hohokam (PANDA & Title I only)
Kiva (PANDA)*
Laguna ES (PANDA)*
Navajo (PANDA & Title I only)
Pima (Title I only)
Pueblo ES
Redfield ES (PANDA)*
Tavan (PANDA & Title I only)
Tonalea (Title I only)
Yavapai (PANDA & Title I only)
*
Schools have PANDA & Community Ed. programs.

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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 

How do I know if my child is gifted?

The Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence (WPPSI) or The Naglieri Non-Verbal Ability Test (NNAT2) will be used to identify students who are eligible for admission. Preschool students, who will be 4 by September 1st, can be tested by a SUSD school psychologist for a fee of $120, payable by cash, personal check or money order at the time of the test. Special sessions on Saturday are $200 with a money order only. Parents sign up for available test sessions after enrolling on the interest list, by clicking here.

Test dates will be: April 17, 18, 19 and Saturdays April 22 & 29th.  May 9, 10, 11 and Saturdays May 5, 13 & 20th.  A Waiting List will be enforce when the class reaches 22.   Test sessions generally take 105 minutes and are 8:00-10:00 am, 10:15 am-12:15 pm, and 1:30-3:30 pm. Plan on staying on site in our adult waiting area. No refunds will be offered.  Results from a WPPSI will also be accepted from a private, licensed psychologist.  Send documentation to giftedlearning@susd.org

Arizona Department of Education defines the gifted student as those who show a 97 or higher percentile ranking on a state approved test for gifted.  Other information will be considered in the final acceptance of the individual child including observations and questionnaires.

Limited spaces are available.  To sign up for Gifted testing go to: Gifted Pre-K 4s Interest List 

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 communityed.susd.org

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. 

Where is the GPA located?

 

Redfield Logo.pngSUSD’s first GPA will be located on the Redfield Elementary Campus.  The Redfield Cardinals serve pre-kindergarten through fifth grades and house the unique Comprehensive Gifted Program (CGP).  The CGP is a distinctive learning path that caters to the specialized learning needs of the highly gifted child.  All CGP teachers are gifted endorsed and certified. 

9181 E. Redfield Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
To sign up for a tour: https://concrete.susd.org/schools/redfield/tour-request-form/
Phone: (480) 484-4000

FAQ about the GPA

• Participants must be 4 years old by September 1st.
• The Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence or the Naglieri Non-Verbal Abilities Test (NNAT2) will be used to determine gifted student characteristics.  SUSD offers testing for a non-refundable fee of $120. See above for scheduled testing dates and fees. Testing results will be shared by email within 10 days after the testing session has concluded. To register for the Gifted Pre-K Academy Interest List and receive the link to schedule your testing appointment click here. 
• First Come, First Served.  Application, WPPSI OR NNAT2 test results submission, review of application, email letter of acceptance issued, completed registration packet, fees and tuition will hold your child’s place on the list until a minimum of 20 students are enrolled.  A waiting list will be kept after 22 students have been accepted.  If there is not enough demand, the class may be cancelled and tuition will be refunded.  Acceptance into the GPA does not guarantee entry into other SUSD gifted programs.
• The curriculum for the GPA will be more advanced and enriched than a standard Pre-k class.  The curriculum for mathematics, English Language Arts, science and social studies will cover pre-kindergarten as well as more advanced levels as needed.
• Rigorous Project Based Curriculum
• Integrated Fine Arts
• World Language
• Social Emotional Development
• Smaller class size
• Certified Teacher
• If you choose, SUSD will accept testing on the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Intelligence Scale or the Stanford Binet from a licensed psychologist. The original report should be submitted to: 

SUSD Gifted Office
Mohave District Annex
8500 E. Jackrabbit Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
480.484.5014
• Enroll on the GPA Interest List to establish your place in line for the first come, first served procedure.
• Sign up for the WPPSI test or get an evaluation by an outside licensed private psychologist.  Send results to giftedlearning@susd.org
• If you receive an acceptance letter, then complete your registration at the MDA, 8500 E. Jackrabbit Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85250. Be sure to bring:
  1. How old does my child need to be?
  2. How does my child qualify for the Gifted Pre-kindergarten Academy?
  3. What is the process for acceptance into the program?
  4. What are the added features of the Gifted Pre-K Academy?
  5. How do I get started?
  6.     Original birth certificate
        Copy of the child’s immunizations
        Proof of residency (lease agreement, purchase agreement, utility bill)
        Photo i.d. of the person registering the child.
        Complete the enrollment application on-line at: https://concrete.susd.org/index.php?cID=1874
        Call the Community Education office at: 480 484-7932 for assistance with registration.
     
    • Attend an information meeting or take a tour of Redfield Elementary.  For more information go to: Gifted Web Page and click on the “Tours” tab
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Redfield Elementary

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 free 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.

 

Panda Program

Kids Club is a licensed before and after school program administered by Scottsdale Unified School District’s participating schools. Early bird drop off begins at 6:30a.m. and after school operates from school dismissal until 6:30 p.m. Students are greeted each day by qualified child care specialists who facilitate activities that may include: arts and crafts, active group games, sports, team-building exercises, science, technology and supervised homework time. Snacks are served every day.

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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 Academy.

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

Information Flyer PDF Download | All Day Pre School

Summer enrollment begins June 5th through July 20th. All five middle schools & Tonalea K-8 will be open to service enrollments for their learning communities Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  There will be no enrollments during the week of Fourth of July when all schools and district offices are closed.
All schools will be closed July 24th

Full details will be posted on the enrollment information web page.

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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

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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 or attend a preschool 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
  • All screenings are conducted from 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • All screenings are conducted at the Oak Learning Academy; 7501 E Oak Street.
  • Appointments are accepted for screenings and walk-ins will be screened on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • 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

The screening will take about an hour, depending upon attendance. The screenings will be held on the following Wednesday mornings at Oak Learning Academy 7501 E. Oak St., Scottsdale, AZ 85257 at 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Aug. 9, 2017 | Sept. 13, 2017 | Oct. 25, 2017 | Nov. 29, 2017 | Dec. 13, 2017 | Jan. 10, 2018
Feb. 7, 2018 | March 7, 2018 | April 11, 2018 | May 16, 2018 | June 27, 2018

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Cherokee Elementary
Hohokam Elementary
Laguna Elementary
Navajo Elementary
Redfield Elementary
Tavan Elementary
Yavapai Elementary

Community Education

Kids Club

Kids Club is a licensed before and after school program administered by Scottsdale Unified School District’s participating schools. Early bird drop off begins at 6:30a.m. and after school operates from school dismissal until 6:30 p.m. Students are greeted each day by qualified child care specialists who facilitate activities that may include: arts and crafts, active group games, sports, team-building exercises, science, technology and supervised homework time. Snacks are served every day.

Enrichment Zone

Community Education’s Enrichment Zone* engages students in fun activities that create a desire to learn.

Classes are offered throughout the year giving students an opportunity to explore activities of particular interest to them and their families outside of the regular school program.

Enrichment Zone Flyer

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Rate Information 2017-18
Statement of Services
Kids Club FAQ’s

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Anasazi
Cherokee
Cheyenne
Cochise
Copper Ridge
Desert Canyon
Hopi
Kiva
Laguna
Pima
Pueblo
Redfield
Tavan

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Frequently Asked Questions

Registration
1. Where do I go to register? How do I make an account?
Click here to create a new account if you have not already.
OR If you already have an account in the new system, click here to login.

2.  I forgot my password to my Parent Portal account. How can I retrieve it? I can’t log in. What do I do?
Click Password Reminder and type in your email or user name.
Contact Enrichment Zone if you still cannot log in at (480) 484-7909.

3. Can I send in a paper registration? 
No. Registration must be completed online through the Parent Portal.

4. What if I don’t have access to a computer?
You can come into the Community Education office at 8500 East Jackrabbit Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85250 between Monday and Friday from 7:30 AM-4:15 PM, to register and make a payment.

Information
1. What if the class is cancelled? How will I be notified? How do I receive a refund?
The enrichment instructor will contact you using the contact information you provided in your Parent Portal account.

2. Where does my child meet for the enrichment program?
Contact the school for room numbers/location of program

3. My child does not want to participate any longer. How do I withdraw?
Fill out the change of option form on our website. Withdrawal after the first class in any session is non-refundable.

4. What ages can participate in enrichment programs?
See the individual school enrichment pages: https://concrete.susd.org/communityed/enrichmentzone/

5. Can my child be signed up for more than one enrichment program?
Yes. Make note of the days and times so they do not fall on the same day.

6. Where can I find the available list of Enrichment classes?
See the following link: https://concrete.susd.org/communityed/enrichmentzone/

7. How does my child get back to Kids Club after the enrichment program ends?
The enrichment instructor will walk your student back to Kids Club.

8. How does my child get to their enrichment program?
Parents are responsible for notifying their child and their classroom teacher of their enrichment program that day. Kindergarteners will be picked up by the enrichment instructor. If the the student is not in Kindergarten, he or she will be responsible for walking to the assigned classroom designated by the school office. Please contact the school for enrichment locations on campus.

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Anasazi 
ANLC
Cherokee
Cheyenne
Cochise
Copper Ridge
Desert Canyon
Hopi
Kiva
Laguna
Pima
Pueblo
Redfield
Sequoya
Yavapai

*All Programs are contingent upon enrollment.

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Community Education

Contacts

Nancy Hudson
Director of Early Childhood & Community Education

Larry Conti    
480-484-7933
Operations Coordinator

Anne Ottosen
480-484-7902
Kids Club Childcare Supervisor

Sue Emery
480-484-7903
Kids Club Childcare Supervisor

Jay Molberger
480-484-7904
Kids Club Child Care
Coordinator

Martha Ramsey
480-484-7909
Enrichment Coordinator

Lisa Duncan
480-484-7932
Student Support Coordinator

Claudia Hernandez
480-484-5022
Title I Pre-K

Links

Enrichment

Enrichment Zone

Program Map

Early Learning Program Map

Rate Info

Early Learning Rate Information

Kids Club

Kids Club Rates

PANDA Info

PANDA Brochure

PANDA IEP Info

PANDA Brochure IEP