Full Day Kindergarten

Meeting Individual Student Needs

The Madison Elementary School District offers two highly successful Full Day Kindergarten programs, INVEST and BUILD 5.

INVEST, Incorporating New Visions and Enriching Student Thinking, is a tuition based full day program focusing on enrichment at Madison Simis, Madison Heights, and Madison Traditional Academy. Tuition for INVEST is $215 per month. Free half day kindergarten sessions are available at these schools.

BUILD  5, Building Understanding with Individualized Literacy Development, is a free Full Day Kindergarten program offered at Madison’s Title I schools: Madison Camelview and Madison Rose Lane.

Both programs are an extension of the morning kindergarten session which focuses on math and language arts. The INVEST and BUILD 5 programs will then provide a deeper understanding of language arts, science and social studies. Students needing extra support will receive interventions to bring them up to the same level as their peers.

In the INVEST program, the afternoon session will also provide an enriched experience in the arts. BUILD 5 will focus on the literacy elements of phonics, vocabulary, and comprehension.

In both programs, students are grouped for literacy according to their academic needs. Those who meet district benchmarks are placed into an enriched group as described above. Those requiring additional help in literacy will receive intervention. Students meeting benchmarks will spend the afternoon participating in science, social studies, and literacy. Those in the intervention group will receive literacy lessons focused on phonics, vocabulary, and comprehension as well as science and listening and learning.

INVEST and BUILD 5 were implemented in August 2011 following an analysis of the previous year’s summer school pilot program. The framework of flexible student groupings, on-going assessments, and teacher expertise were found to be key components of the programs’ success.

Program Success

Early assessments of kindergartners moving into Quarter 2 show students are meeting the program goals of letter-sound recognition, dictation, phonemic awareness-syllables, and Developmental Reading Assessment reading levels. An example of the success in Rose Lane’s BUILD 5 program: when students entered kindergarten 62% of the students knew only 10 or more letters; after the first quarter assessments 75% reached mastery of knowing 26 letters. At entry, 33% of the students knew 10 or more letter sounds; after the first quarter assessments 65% reached mastery in knowing 26 letter sounds.

These assessments not only provide current performance data to help guide daily instruction, but also indicated that our kindergarten students are making excellent progress in literacy skill attainment.

The increase in student success at the kindergarten level resulted in Madison implementing a similar program in Grades 1 and 2 for the 2012-2013 school year.


All kindergarteners, half and full day will follow this schedule:

Morning routines
Literacy block
Short recess
Math block
Recess (Full Day) or Dismissal

Students continuing for the full day will have a lunch recess and continue on with the following schedule:

INVEST/ BUILD 5 Programming
Short recess
Wrap up

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Full Day Kindergarten offered for free at some schools, but not all?

Madison Camelview and Madison Rose Lane are Title I schools, meaning a certain percentage of their student population qualifies for free or reduced lunch. Title I funding allows Madison to offer additional programs at these schools.

Free Full Day Kindergarten used to be offered at all schools. What happened?

The State of Arizona stopped funding Full Day Kindergarten. The state now only funds half day sessions. Districts can no longer afford to provide these services on their own.

How does the afternoon enrichment program differ from half day kindergarten?

The afternoon will provide students additional enrichment of the half day programming. For students needing extra support, it will provide interventions to bring them up to the same level as their peers.

This program is so new. How do I know my child’s teacher is prepared?

All kindergarten teachers participated in a summer training camp focusing on literacy training, progress monitoring, core standards, and lesson planning.

What kind of kindergarten preparation will my child receive?

During the first few weeks of school, kindergartners will participate in routines to prepare them for school. After this time students will then start moving through the various subjects.

What will the class size be for kindergarten?

The class size target for the afternoon program is 22 students.

How do I register my child for Full Day Kindergarten?

To register for the Build 5 program, please visit the school of your choice to complete a registration packet.

Madison’s Community Education Department handles the registration and fee payments for the INVEST program. Please visit the Community Education page, here.

INVEST registration for families who already have an existing account opens March 17, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Registration for new families begins March 27, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

Paperwork will be printed as soon as possible and you will receive an email when it has been printed. A parent or legal guardian will need to come in and sign the paperwork and provide immunizations.

Your child will not be able to attend until paperwork is completed and payment is made. This process usually takes 2-3 business days.

How old must my child be to enroll in kindergarten?

For admission to kindergarten, children must be five (5) years of age prior to September 1 of the current school year.

The Madison School District will not offer early entry testing or admit students who are yet five (5) prior to September 1 for the school year. (This statement is in the policy regulation, JEB-R.)

Children may be admitted to first grade who are six (6) years of age, or shall be deemed six (6) years of age if they reach such age prior to September 1 of the current school year.