Kindergarten Enrollment Surges in Arizona Schools

Kindergarten Enrollment Surges in Arizona Schools

Nolan Burke

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Arizona public school students unenrolled from school. Of the 38,000 students that unenrolled from school during the 2020-2021 school year, kindergarteners represented one-third. 

As the 2021-2022 school year begins, Arizona school districts expect a major surge in kindergarten enrollment. The Peoria Unified School District has 250 more kindergarteners than during the 2020-2021 school year.

Arizona school districts are monitoring their kindergarten enrollment closely. Educators expect kindergarteners to be less prepared than usual due to low preschool enrollment rates from 2020-2021. 

Arizona school districts aim to have classes of 24 students. Because schools want small class sizes, the demand for teachers is higher.

This year, kindergarten teachers face the challenge of instructing a substantial number of unprepared students. Arizona elementary schools expect students to have gaps in their learning, and school districts are using federal relief money to prepare for the school year.

Caregivers can help prepare children for kindergarten by reading books with them, teaching them basic rules and getting them used to large groups.