Join Deer Valley Unified School District

Join Deer Valley Unified School District for its virtual and drive-thru kindergarten events in February and March. For details, visit

It’s hard to believe, but the time has arrived to register for kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year. Luckily for local families, Deer Valley Unified School District (DVUSD) offers a free full-day kindergarten program at all of their K-6 and K-8 schools. 

“DVUSD kindergarten classrooms are filled with caring, kind-hearted, and genuine certified teachers,” said Mirage Elementary kindergarten teacher Stephanie Salcido. 

“Teachers respect every student and provide a safe and caring space, embracing each uniqueness and the strengths that we all have as individuals.”

These teachers are not only nurturing. They are fully certified in early childhood education. 

“That includes reading, math, science, social studies and writing for young children,” said Lisa Hoelzen, a Copper Creek Elementary School kindergarten teacher.

“We know teaching is a constant work in progress. Parents can rest assured their kindergartner will receive the rigorous, highest standards of teaching anywhere. At the same time, we mindfully consider the developmental stage of each child. We create learning environments that are exciting, hands on and engaging.”

In Deer Valley, 92% of K-6 and K-8 schools are rated an A or B by the Arizona Department of Education. Teachers have helped their schools achieve these high ratings by nurturing the whole child.

Parents sending students off to kindergarten for the first time often wonder what a day will be like for their little ones. “A full six-and-a-half hour day in the life of a kindergartner looks, sounds, and feels exciting, motivating, and engaging,” Hoelzen said.

Salcido added, “A day in kindergarten is filled with love, compassion, empathy, understanding and curiosity. There is a constant willingness to explore, overcome and learn about the world around us.”

To support learning, across Deer Valley schools, classrooms are packed with technology, including iPads for every student, smartboards, document cameras, Apple TVs, 3D printers, and more. Another way the DVUSD kindergarten program is unique is in providing special classes (art, music or PE) every day for kindergarten students.

If your child is old enough to begin kindergarten next school year, you can join virtual and drive-thru kindergarten events in February and March. Parents will learn how to enroll a child in kindergarten, meet teachers and staff, hear how to help prepare a child for DVUSD’s #Extraordinary Kindergarten program, and more. For details, visit