Tempe Goes Back to School

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Tempe prides itself on having many great resources available to help all students achieve academic success and stay safe during the school year. Students from kindergarten through graduate school can access tips and information on student safety, educational resources, transportation options and how to get involved.


Back to School Dates

Kyrene School District                                 Thursday, August 2, 2018
Tempe Elementary School District                Monday, August 6, 2018
Tempe Union High School District                 Monday, August 6, 2018
Arizona State University                              Thursday, August 16, 2018
Rio Salado Community College                     Rolling start dates

Connect with Tempe







Non-emergency police: 480-350-8311

Non-emergency fire: 480-858-7200

Tempe 311: 480-350-4311


Student Safety

File an Online Police Report
The Tempe Police Department wants to make it easier and more convenient for you to file non-emergency police reports. Types of reports that can be filed online include: theft, theft of bicycle and identity theft.  

Tempe Bicycle Registration
Better safe than sorry! Be sure to register your bike - for free! 

Tempe Crime Prevention 
Learn how to reduce your risk of being a victim of crime.

Tempe's Loud Party Ordinance
Learn the rules about throwing a party – and the serious consequences for disregarding them. 

Tempe's Nuisance, Property & Rental Housing Code Ordinance
Be a good neighbor and follow the law when living in Tempe neighborhoods.

Tempe's Safe School Travel Tips
Tips to help students get to and from school safely.

Tempe's Social Host Ordinance
Under the ordinance, anyone providing alcohol to a person younger than 21 may be held responsible.

Tempe Police Special Victims Unit
Information and resources for victims of sexual assault and sexual violence.

Tempe's Vision Zero

Vision Zero is a traffic safety policy with a goal to reduce the number of fatal and serious injury crashes to zero.

Tempe Coalition Website 
For information and resources about reducing youth underage drinking and drug use.

ASU Campus Safety

Resources to ensure the safety of all members of the university, including: counseling services, alcohol education and safety escorts.

ASU Crime Alerts and Safety Bulletins
What crimes are occurring on campus – and how to report a crime.

ASU LiveSafe Mobile App
The free ASU LiveSafe™ mobile app enhances your personal safety across ASU campuses by placing more reporting power in the palm of your hand.

ASU Parent Website
Stay connected with campus activities and other parents – from football games to emergency contacts.

ASU Student Help and Support Site 
From career counseling to suicide prevention to disability resources – if you need help we’re here for you. 

Governor’s Office for Highway Safety (Teen and Young Adult Site)
Thousands of lives are lost each year due to underage drinking and driving. Get informed about the law in AZ. 

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
Testimonials, legal initiatives, and links to the local chapter of MADD.

Partnership for a Drug-Free Kids (Info for Parents)
Everything from symptoms of drug use to where your family can get help.

US Dept. of Education Commission on School Safety 
Young adult resources and prevention tips. 

Educational Resources


Kid Zone Before & After School Programs
The Kid Zone Enrichment Program provides certified before and after school programs for children at 18 Tempe and Kyrene schools. Full and part-time schedules are available with low staff to child ratios. 

Kid Zone Preschool
Available for children 3 years through pre-kindergarten, Kid Zone Preschool provides early childhood learning and development. Full and part-time schedules are available.

Tempe PRE 
Tempe PRE is a two-year pilot program launched by the Tempe City Council to increase access to high-quality preschool at no cost for qualifying families. Families that are eligible for the program must live in Tempe and be living at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.

Tempe Public Library and Tempe Youth Library
Open daily. The library features free computer usage, as well as online services for downloading e-Books and audio books, researching databases and renewing borrowed materials.

Tempe Education and Youth Development 
Information on how we help Tempe’s youth with education information and assistance, finding jobs and learning interview skills, and helping young students read.

College Connect Tempe
Tempe has partnered with local schools and universities to create College Connect. The community-based program has been specifically designed to assist our youth in fulfilling their dreams of a post-secondary education by offering college workshops and one-on-one appointments.

Tempe Water Conservation Education
Tempe has partnered with local schools and teachers to provide standards-aligned and STEAM-powered educational resources related to water science and conservation. Resources include magic assembly shows for grades K-5, classroom presentations for grades K-12, the Tempe Water Festival for fourth grade, professional development workshop for teachers, water tours, a School Garden Grant, and activity books for grades K-5.

Tempe Community and Recreation Centers
Tempe takes pride in providing clean, safe and friendly facilities, ensuring multiple opportunities for Tempe residents to relax, learn, exercise, and connect with new friends and more.

Tempe History Museum
The Museum preserves and presents Tempe’s diverse community history through exhibits, activities, speakers, collections, research services, and programs. The Museum also partners with Tempe Elementary School District for a Fifth Grade Program. Find out about educational tours and research resources.


Head Start Preschool Program
Find eligibility guidelines and locations of Head Start Preschools in Tempe. 

Tempe Elementary School District
From bus schedules to school uniforms and everything in between, get ready to go back to school with TD3.

Kyrene School District
Find out how to go back to school with the Kyrene School District.

Tempe Union High School District
Get a registration checklist, look at the course catalog and find important back to school dates.

Arizona State University 
Prepare for enrollment and success with Access ASU.

Rio Salado College
Programs, services and classes schedules.

Maricopa Community Colleges
Registration for fall classes at 10 local colleges. 


East Valley Veterans Education Center
Educational resources and services for veterans.

Tempe Community Council's Commitment to Schools in Tempe & Kyrene
Early literacy, counseling, parent outreach and education, pre-school readiness, health and wellness and family resource centers.

First Things First
Partnering with families and communities to support the healthy development and learning of Arizona's young children.

THREADZ Tempe Teen Resource Centers
Tempe middle and high school students can get free clothes, shoes, hygiene products and school supplies at THREADZ Tempe Teen Resource Center, located at Tempe and Marcos de Niza high schools. Photo ID is required. 

  • Marcos de Niza: Tuesdays and Thursdays 2-4:30 p.m., located by the main gym NE door. 
  • Tempe High School: Tuesdays and Thursdays 2-4:30 p.m., located in building Z, enter off Broadway Road.
  • THREADZ will open starting Aug. 7, 2018. Closed during school holidays and breaks. 

Transportation Options

Tempe Bicycle and Pedestrian Information
Get safety tips about how to get around on your bicycle or walking in Tempe:

  • Bike Safety Video: bike riders and drivers can learn how to share the road with this video.
  • Free bike registration for Tempe residents that helps the police identify lost or stolen bikes.
  • Connect with Tempe Bicycle Action Group (TBAG), a local 501(c)3 and city partner, to make bicycling safe in our community.
  • Learn how to use HAWK (high intensity activated crosswalk), a pedestrian crossing signal.

Tempe's Free Orbit Neighborhood Circulator 
Orbit, a FREE service, connects residents to local destinations, including shopping, recreational facilities, schools and major bus routes. The six Orbit routes operate daily, most with 15 minutes between pick-ups.  

Tempe's Free Youth Transit Pass Program
The Tempe Youth Transit Pass Program allows all eligible Tempe youth ages 6 to 18 to ride regional and local bus routes and the light rail for free. Passes are available at the Tempe Transit Store located at 200 E. Fifth Street Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visit our website to download a registration form, get a list of the necessary documents and review eligibility requirements. 

Tempe Street Closures

Find out about event-related street closures and restrictions. For electronic notifications, sign up for e-notifications. View valley-wide street closures and restrictions on AZ511.gov.

Getting around with TIM (bus, bike, walk, rail)
Tempe in Motion (TIM) provides bus, bicycle, pedestrian and light rail facilities and encourages getting around Tempe without a car. The bus and light rail systems operate 365 days a year with peak hour service every 12 to 20 minutes. All Tempe buses and trains are wheelchair accessible and have bicycle racks. 

Using Valley Metro Rail
Learn how easy it is to use the Valley Metro light rail with this informative video.

ASU Bike Safety Video
This video discusses local bike laws, safety tips and resources to park your bike while you are in class or at work.

ASU Parking & Transit
Your connection to all things parking and transportation at ASU to help make your school year hassle free.

ASU U-Pass
Unlimited rides on Valley Metro light rail and all local, express and RAPID bus routes.

Arizona Dept. of Transportation Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Information
Information about biking and walking in Arizona, including safety tips, laws and policies, maps and organizations.

Get Involved

Community Welcome Walks
ASU and Tempe representatives are visiting Tempe neighborhoods to help build positive relations between ASU students and Tempe residents.  

Tempe 311
Tempe 311 is the city's connection center for non-emergency service requests and information. The hotline is available 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday by calling 480-350-4311. Tempe 311 services are also available online.

Tempe Sports
From golf, to tennis, to flag football, Tempe offers many high-quality, affordable classes. 

Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Volunteers
Find out how you can volunteer with the Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department.

Tempe Police Cadets
Become a Tempe Police Cadet.

Tempe Volunteer Opportunities 
A wide variety of service opportunities exist for individuals and groups throughout Tempe for various commitments of time. Volunteers serve in Tempe government offices, programs and facilities while expanding and enhancing the services the city is able to provide to the community. 

Tempe's Adopt-A-Street, Adopt-A-Park, Adopt-A-Path, Adopt-An-Alley Programs 
Tempe’s Adopt-A-Street, Park, Path and Alley programs help maintain Tempe’s streets, parks, multi-use paths and alleys. These programs are a way to coordinate year-round opportunities for neighborhood groups, community organizations and local businesses to continue to enhance the appearance, safety and cleanliness of Tempe streets, parks and paths. 

Tempe Community Action Agency Volunteers
Volunteer with TCAA and help serve more than 18,000 Tempe seniors, adults and children each year.

ASU Student Code of Conduct
Ensuring your college experience is successful. 

ASU Volunteer Opportunities
Becoming a volunteer allows you to learn more about areas of possible career interest before making a commitment to a career field. Find out what volunteering opportunities ASU has to offer.

East Valley Boys and Girls Club - Ladmo Branch 
An after school program, youth sports leagues, teen leadership, homework and tutoring assistance.

Tempe YMCA
Gathering place for the Tempe community offering classes, family fun and childcare programs.


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