Pre-K, Daycare and Before/After-School Programs
Lil Pioneers childcare is located at Pinnacle High School, children attend this caring and nurturing program from birth through age three. Hours are Monday through Friday, 6:30 AM - 5:30 PM.
Mini Scholars preschool offers a full day 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM program at Pinnacle Peak Preparatory.
Preschools operated by our Vocational Education programs operate three mornings per week during spring semester at Paradise Valley High School (PVHS) and North Canyon High School (NCHS). At these locations, high school students care for children under the direct guidance and observation of professional staff. This program is open to toilet-trained children aged 3 to 5. The Paradise Valley High location also accepts toilet-trained 2 year olds. Enrollment is first-come, first-served. For pricing and other information, call PVHS at (602) 449-7000 or NCHS at (602) 449-5000.
Little Scholars Pre-Kindergarten
Little Scholars is a school readiness program for children who have turned 4 years old by September 1st. The curriculum is designed to prepare children for entry into kindergarten through learning experiences that promote the development of academic, physical, and social growth. It is offered at ten district elementary schools.
Mascot Clubs (before/after school care)
Located at all district elementary schools, Mascot Clubs provide a safe and fun place for children to gather before and after school, on recess days, and during school breaks during the school year.
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 four PVSchools locations.
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 is surrounded by desert foothills, a beautiful desert botanical garden, and multiple outdoor learning spaces that inspire learning. An experienced Montessori-certified teacher will teach the class at Mercury Mine, and the class size is limited to 22 students.
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:
Visit the enrollment page to download enrollment forms and – if you live outside the district – learn about the open enrollment process
- 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, or 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
Gifted Pre-K and Kindergarten
Our Gifted Preschool program is for four-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 follows 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 128 or more or gifted test scores of 97 or more in one of three areas: verbal, quantitative, or non-verbal.
PVSchools provides special education for students of all ages. Our focus is the most appropriate fit for each student’s individual needs.
Special education for preschool-aged children is offered through our SUN Kids Preschool program. Classes are taught by certified teachers with academic backgrounds in early childhood and special education.
Classes are taught by certified teachers with academic backgrounds in early childhood and special education.
Dependent upon your child's individual student evaluation, PVSchools can provide a variety of recommendations:
- No Special Education Services - the student would remain in regular classes and receive regular instruction and accommodation
- In-Class Supplementary Instruction - the student would remain in regular class and receive supplementary instructional support in core academic areas as appropriate.
- Learning Center - the student remains in the regular classroom for part of the day and is also scheduled to work with a special education teacher for a period of time
- Self-Contained Programs - depending on the nature and or severity of a student's disability(ies) he/she may benefit from spending the majority of the day with a special education teacher.