EARLY ENTRANCE INTO KINDERGARTEN
(KINDERGARTEN READINESS TESTING)
for the 2017-2018 school year
(PLEASE CHECK THIS WEBSITE FOR UPDATES)
No more testing will be available for the 2016-2017 school year.
Children who are 5 years old by August 31, 2017 are eligible to enroll in kindergarten. However, children who turn 5 between September 1 and December 31, 2017 may be assessed to determine readiness for early entrance into kindergarten. All Kindergarten Readiness Testing (KRT) registration is completed online beginning January 9, 2017. The Saturday testing dates for early entrance into kindergarten are scheduled in April 2017. An $80 assessment fee is due at the time of registration. An Open Enrollment Application will also be required and can be filled out online beginning January 9, 2017. The Open Enrollment Application helps the Elementary Education office match up the Kindergarten Readiness Testing registration from the Assessment office.
Testing will take place at Haley Elementary School, 3401 South Layton Lakes Blvd in Chandler.
Please take your child's original Birth Certificate with you and allow an hour for the assessment. The assessment is individually administered by a Kindergarten teacher. Test results will be mailed within two weeks of the test date. The child can be enrolled into Kindergarten when the parent presents the acceptance letter stating the student has passed the KRT to the Attendance Technician/Registrar at the approved school. For additional questions regarding early entrance testing, contact our Assessment office at 480-812-7674.
In order for children to qualify for early entrance into our kindergarten program, students must be able to demonstrate the following basic skills. (Please note that the list below describes general concepts that are tested in the KRT.) Due to the assessment being a secure document, we are unable to list every test concept or question.
Social and Emotional Skills
Communicate clearly and answer questions in complete sentences
Separate easily from parents/caregivers without getting upset
Interact appropriately with adults
Follow simple instructions with 2 to 3 step directions
Know personal information (name and age)
Pay attention to a single task for an extended period of time
Identify upper and lowercase letters
Count to 20 and identify numbers
Basic Math skills
Write his/her own name
Basic Literacy skills
Express ideas and thoughts verbally
Fine/Gross Motor Skills
- Ability to write with a pencil and color with a crayon
- Use proper grip while using scissors
- Cut with scissors
Please note: If your student passes the Kindergarten Readiness Test (KRT), a kindergarten skills assessment will be administered with no fee to all kindergartners prior to the start of the school year. The skills assessment is scheduled by your student's home school.
If your student has not yet demonstrated these skills, we would recommend that you consider one of our district's preschool or child care options. We have expanded our preschool options in order to accommodate varying levels of development. Please refer to the Community Education section of our website for additional information on other quality programs we offer.
Getting our littlest CUSD students off to a great start is one of our most treasured responsibilities. We are excited to offer a variety of programs and services to you and hope to be able to accommodate your preschooler's needs.
For further information regarding early entrance testing, please call the Assessment office at 480-812-7674. Additional information regarding our preschool programs, please call the Early Childhood office at 480-224-3914.
Click here for more information regarding our kindergarten programs.
To register for Early Entrance into Kindergarten:
1. Click the blue button below "Register for a Community Ed Program".
2. Look for the section "Kindergarten Readiness Testing" and click the link and follow the instructions.