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Transitional Kindergarten


Transitional Kindergarten, or TK, is year one of a two year Kindergarten program.  TK provides an early childhood education program that builds a bridge between preschool years and traditional Kindergarten. With increasing academic demands and structure in Kindergarten, some parents are aware that their child may not be ready for the traditional Kindergarten program.  



HOURS OF OPERATION:  The Transitional Kindergarten programs follows the full day schedule of Traditional Kindergarten with a 6 hour daily program Monday through Friday during the 180 day school year. 


ELIGIBILITY:  Transitional Kindergarten is designed for, but not restricted to, students who turn 5 years old between September 2 and December 2 and who may benefit from an enriched foundational early childhood education program to prepare them for success in traditional Kindergarten.  TK-Ex students must meet different requirements.  

ENROLLMENT: Parents must complete a standard LAUSD elementary enrollment packet, sign the Parent of Eligible Student Requesting Transitional Kindergarten form and complete and sign the CDE Kindergarten Continuance Form. 

CURRICULA:  This program provides children with a well-planned classroom program to build necessary social and academic skills for success throughout their school careers. The program is based on the California Kindergarten Common Core State Standards with focused instruction in literacy and numeracy along with strong emphasis on self-regulation and social engagement.  The daily schedule includes whole group instruction and activities, small group instruction and independent and “hands-on” learning. The Transitional Kindergartners enjoy lunch and recess with their fellow Kindergarten friends and participate in all Kindergarten activities such as music, art, and motor skills development throughout the year. 


PARENT INVOLVEMENT:  Communication between home and school is essential in helping children succeed. Parents are encouraged to actively participate in their child’s learning journey at home and at school.  A variety of activities and workshops support parents and children in Transitional Kindergarten.  

The child’s teacher will meet with parents on a regular basis to discuss the child’s progress and ways the parent can support him/her at home. Assessments, along with teacher observations, will be used to monitor each child’s growth and progress throughout the year. Staff members will use this information to guide instruction, individualized to meet every child’s needs.