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Transitional Kindergarten (TK)

Depending on your child's birthday, he or she may qualify for Transitional Kindergarten, an exciting new grade taught by a select group of passionate teachers.

Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program that uses a modified kindergarten curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate. 

TK and K students will receive a similar curriculum, which will be differentiated to meet each individual student’s needs. TK also provides additional socialization to meet the needs of our younger learners.


2020-21 School Year-Student’s whose fifth birthday is on September 2nd through December 2, 2021, are eligible to attend Transitional Kindergarten. Classes begin on August 11, 2021. 

There are both A.M. and P.M classes which are filled on a space-available basis.  Requests for particular sessions cannot be accommodated.

Transitional Kindergarten families will register at their home school of residence for the 2021-22 school year. School site placement for Alta Vista, Carlton, and Noddin will be at Alta Vista Elementary School, and placement for Guadalupe, Lietz, and Oster will be at Oster Elementary School. 

TK and Kindergarten Pre-Assessment (Roundup)

TK  and Kindergarten pre-assessment will be scheduled for your child in the spring prior to the start of the school year. The purpose of this assessment is for our teachers to gain a general knowledge of your child’s developmental and academic readiness. You will receive further information about this assessment once you have completed the registration process.

The Kindergarten Readiness Act

Transitional Kindergarten: The Kindergarten Readiness Act, signed into law by Gov. Schwarzenegger in 2010, is a historic reform to kindergarten education. To ensure our young learners are prepared to succeed in kindergarten and beyond, the Act created Transitional Kindergarten (TK). TK is a program specially designed for students who are born between September and December to address developmental readiness. The Act changed the kindergarten entry date from December 2 to September 1, so children enter kindergarten at age 5. The TK year will provide a modified kindergarten program aligned to kindergarten standards and integrated across subject areas, but with a bigger emphasis on socialization and developmentally appropriate readiness skills including social-emotional development, self-regulation & approaches to learning, physical-motor development, cognitive development, and oral language and literacy development. Both Kindergarten and TK will cover skills from the California Standard or all subjects, using the adopted core curriculum. The standards are designed to encourage the highest achievement of every student.