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Transitional Kindergarten
 TK Students at Greenleaf
Introducing OUSD’s Transitional Kindergarten Program

What is Transitional Kindergarten?                                                                                                   

Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is the first of a two-year Kindergarten experience for children turning 5 years old between September 2 and December 2. TK gives our youngest Kindergarteners a head start and provides them with an opportunity to learn and grow in an environment tailored to meet their academic and social needs.

California recently passed a new law, “The Kindergarten Readiness Act” (SB 1381), that changes the age when children are eligible to enter Kindergarten.Under this new law, by 2014-15, children must turn 5 years old on or before September 1 in order to enroll in traditional Kindergarten. Previously, children could enter Kindergarten so long as they turned 5 years old by December 2. The law will phase in the new Kindergarten age requirement over the next two years by changing the Kindergarten cutoff date as follows:

2012-13: entering Kindergarteners must turn five on or before Nov. 1st

2013-14: entering Kindergarteners must turn five on or before Oct. 1st

2014-15: entering Kindergarteners must turn five on or before Sep. 1st

For the 2014-2015 school year, parents of students who turn 5 between October 2 and December 2, 2013 have priority to choose to register their children for Transitional Kindergarten. Children with earlier birthdays may attend Transitional Kindergarten once all children with November, October, and September fifth birthdays are served. Transitional Kindergarten is part of the public school system and is free to participating students.


A Winning Solution for California

TK represents a true bridge between preschool and traditional Kindergarten. Taught by a credentialed teacher with early childhood expertise, TK uses a unique, specialized curriculum that is based on the Common Core Kindergarten standards but is designed explicitly to support the social, emotional, physical, and academic needs of young 5 year olds. The TK environment includes many opportunities for social-emotional development, fine- and gross-motor activities, and oral language development for all kinds of learners, including those with special needs.  OUSD’s TK program prioritizes purposeful, structured play, small-group instruction, and intentional teaching using hands-on, experiential activities.  TK truly provides our youngest Kindergarteners with the gift of time, enabling all students to begin traditional Kindergarten ready to thrive.


For additional TK information, please see our Transitional Kindergarten FAQs.

Last Modified on December 2, 2013