Preschool / Pre-K

Early Learning Programs

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. 

Before & after-school programs available at select schools. 
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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

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Anasazi ES
Cherokee ES
Cochise ES
Copper Ridge
Desert Canyon ES
Echo Canyon
Laguna ES
Pueblo ES
Redfield ES
(Gifted Pre-K)

Preschool (3s)

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

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

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Cherokee ES
Copper Ridge
Desert Canyon ES*
Echo Canyon

Laguna ES
Pueblo ES

 ​​​​M-F (Times vary per campus)

* 2s/3s Combo Class See Toddler Rates

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. 

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

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Cherokee ES
Desert Canyon ES
Laguna ES
Pueblo ES

Options (17/18):

 M-F (7AM-4PM)

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. More information or 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 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
  • 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


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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.   

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. 

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.

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

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 

FAQ about the GPA

Q - How old does my child need to be?
A - Participants must be 4 years old by September 1st.

Q - How does my child qualify for the Gifted Pre-kindergarten Academy?
A - 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. 

Q - What is the process for acceptance into the program?
A - 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.

Q - What are the added features of the Gifted Pre-K Academy?
A - 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

Q - How do I get started?

    Original birth certificate
    Copy of the child’s immunizations
    Proof of residency (lease agreement, purchase agreement, utility bill)
    Photo ID of the person registering the child.
    Complete the enrollment application on-line at: Enrollment Page
    Call the Community Education office at: 480 484-7932 for assistance with registration.


  • 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

• 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
• If you receive an acceptance letter, then complete your registration at the MDA, 8500 E. Jackrabbit Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85250. Be sure to bring:
• Attend an information meeting or take a tour of Redfield Elementary.  For more information go to: Gifted Web Page and fill out online tour form.
Where is the GPA located?

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

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Redfield Elementary


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8500 E Jackrabbit Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85250


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