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Early Kindergarten Testing

The J.O. Combs Unified School District is dedicated to education placement decisions that will best serve the children in our community. Decisions to accept a child for early kindergarten admission will be based on a clear indication that the child exhibits skills in areas of development that will most likely assure a successful kindergarten experience. The screening will be conducted by a team of kindergarten experts and parents will be notified regarding admission within one week. All decisions by the team are final and there will not be additional opportunities for re-screening.

Upcoming Testing Dates

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
3:45 pm to 6:00 pm
(Registration closed for April)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
3:45 pm to 6:00 pm

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
1:00 pm to 3:30 pm


By law, students must turn 5 by December 31st of the school year to qualify for early kindergarten testing. Please note that the list below describes general concepts that the early kindergarten test will be assessing:
  • Social Development: How well student separates from parents, follows directions, and interacts with adults and peers
  • Motor Skills: Physical activity, holding a pencil, and using scissors
  • Basic Academic Skills: Knowing shapes, colors, letters, and numbers
If your child has not yet demonstrated these skills, we would like to recommend that you consider our Kinder Prep preschool. Please refer to the Community Education section of our website for additional information regarding Kinder Prep. 

The early kindergarten test will be administered in April, May, June, and July. The testing fee is $30. If you are interested in early kindergarten testing, please fill out the interest form below. Should you have further questions regarding this process, please feel free to contact Santa Dunker at 480-987-5300.

Kindergarten Early Admission Parent Information & Checklist