Six Tips to Pick the Best Kindergarten for your Child

Six Tips to Pick the Best Kindergarten for your Child

Madison Schools Host Discover Madison Tour October 25

Madison School District will be hosting their annual Discover Madison Tour on Friday, October 25, 2019, for families interested in learning more about the kindergarten programs at Madison Camelview, Madison Simis, Madison Rose Lane, Madison Heights, and Madison Traditional Academy. Attendees will board a school bus and visit each of Madison’s elementary schools to receive a guided tour by the principal, see the teachers in action, and learn more about each school. The tour includes a luncheon at the District Office and will conclude by noon. This will help parents assess which schools are best for their child/children prior to open enrollment that begins December 2.

 WHEN:          October 25, 2019

                        8:30 a.m. – Noon  

WHERE:       The tour begins at the Madison District Office Governing Board Room, 5601 N. 16th Street, Phoenix, 85016. Attendees visit each of Madison’s elementary schools. A luncheon at the District Office concludes the tour.

 RSVP:            Seating is limited. For more information and to RSVP, please visit or contact the Madison District Office at 602.664.7900.


TIPS:              Madison’s superintendent Dr. Kenneth says:

“Our recommendation is to take tours of potential schools. During our Discover Madison event parents ride a school bus to each school, meet the principals and observe our award-winning kindergarten teachers in action. This helps parents assess which school is best for their child. Regardless of the school you choose, as your family’s educational partner, we advise looking at:


1.  Teaching – Look at what they teach and how they teach.

2.  Parental Involvement – Choose schools that welcome parental involvement and have strong PTA’s/PTO’s like we do at all our elementary schools –if you want to be really involved you can.

3.  Principal Philosophy – Talk to each principal to determine his or her focus.

4.  Community Commitment – Do the neighbors support and welcome the school whether public, private or charter, and will they show support as Bond and Override initiatives come up that can impact your child’s school?

5.  Test Scores – take these with a grain of salt. A better perspective is found by asking current parents if the instruction prepared their children to successfully transition to the next academic step (next grade level, middle school, high school, etc.) through a focus on their children’s social, emotional and academic growth.

6.  Signature Programs – What is the school proudest of overall? Which program will help keep your child excited about going to school each day  (STEAM program at Camelview, Visual and Performing Arts program at Rose Lane, Spanish Immersion program at Heights, International Baccalaureate program at Simis, or Traditional program at MTA?”

 CONTACT:   Heather Austin

Public Relations for Madison Elementary School District

M: (602) 738-9252

[email protected]


About Madison Elementary School District

For more than 125 years, Madison Elementary School District (Madison Schools) has been one of the top elementary school districts in the state with its eight schools consistently earning high honors. Founded in 1890, Madison Schools serves approximately 5,800 students in the heart of Phoenix from 32nd Street to 7th Avenue and between Indian School and Northern. Five of its schools are in the top 10 Phoenix public elementary schools through AzMerit scores and nearly 50 percent of its students come from outside the District. This means nearly 2,800 families choose a Madison Schools education over their neighborhood school.


The District has been recognized locally and nationally for its outstanding “signature” educational programs including the International Baccalaureate program, Spanish Immersion, REACH program, Visual and Performing Arts, Traditional curriculum, and Spanish Fluency.


The Madison School District is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Civil Rights Act Title VII of 1972, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. The Madison School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability or age in employment or in any of its educational programs or in the provisions of benefits and services to students.


 For additional information about Madison Schools, please visit



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