Transitional Kindergarten


Who is eligible to attend Transitional Kindergarten in our district?

A child is eligible for Transitional Kindergarten if he or she will have his or her fifth birthday between September 2 and December 2.

Transitional Kindergarten (TK) and Kindergarten (K) Eligibility Chart

Board Policy 6170.1 Transitional Kindergarten

What is Transitional Kindergarten?

A transitional kindergarten is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program that uses a modified kindergarten curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate.

Transitional kindergarten (TK) is an opportunity to provide the early foundations for school success for those children turning 5 years old between September and December. The first year of a two-year kindergarten experience, transitional kindergarten provides a bridge between preschool and traditional kindergarten. Some districts in California have had similar programs in place for a number of years; others have started early implementation of these programs. Transitional kindergarten provides an important opportunity to give our youngest kindergarteners a better start in school. More information on TK can be found on the California Department of Education’s website and the Transitional Kindergarten website.

Which Schools Offer Transitional Kindergarten?

The following schools offer transitional kindergarten for the 2015-16 school year:

Adams Elementary School
Cleveland Elementary School
Franklin Elementary School
Harding University Partnership School
McKinley Elementary School
Monroe Elementary School
Open Alternative School
Roosevelt Elementary School
Santa Barbara Charter School

Additional Resources (pdf)

Transitional Kindergarten Planning Guide
Change of Age of Enrollment and Transitional Kindergarten Program – California Kindergarten Association

Outside Sources

When Should a Kid Start Kindergarten? NYTimes.com article, Elizabeth Weil, June 3, 2007
Transitional Kindergarten 101 (TKCalifornia.org)
Transitional Kindergarten FAQs – Elementary (California Department of Education)