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Kindergarten

Transitional Kindergarten 

In the state of California, all 4 year olds will eventually become eligible for Transitional Kindergarten (TK). Previously only children turning 5 years old between September 2nd to December 2nd were eligible for TK.


Starting in the 2022-23 school year, TK eligibility expands from three to five months for birthdays between September 2nd to February 2nd. Each year, the window for eligibility widens by two more months. By the 2025-26 school year, all 4 year olds can attend TK in an elementary school in TUSD. More information about Universal TK is below.

Q. What is Transitional Kindergarten (TK)?
A. TK is for students who are not age appropriate to begin kindergarten. This was first dictated by the Kindergarten Readiness Act (2010) and then changed by AB 130 (2021). This legislation changed the birthday cut off day for eligibility to begin kindergarten. Students affected by the changes are eligible to attend TK for one year. Then the following year the student would attend regular kindergarten.  

Q. What is the birthday cut off date for regular kindergarten?
A. A child who turns 5 years old on or before September 1 of that year attends regular Kindergarten. 

Q. Is my child eligible to attend TK? 
A. A child will be admitted into TK for the 2022-23 school year if they will have their 5th birthday between September 2 and February 2. See the chart below for the school year and when more birthday months become eligible. 

School Year

Birth Months Qualifying for TK
2021-22 (since 2014) September 2 - December 2
2022-23 September 2 - February 2
2023-24 September 2 - April 2
2024-25 September 2 - June 2
2025-26 September 2 - September 1
2026-27 and on Remains September 2 - September 1

Q. Is TK mandatory?
A. No. TK nor kindergarten is a mandatory grade. However, children who attend TK & Kindergarten are more likely to to thrive in school academically and socio-emotionally as they enter 1st grade.

Q. How do I enroll my child in TK? 
A. You enroll just like any other grade level at the Family Welcome Enrollment Center. Click here: FWEC to get started. Typically, later you and your child will attend Kindergarten Round Up where they will provide you more information about TK and your school in general.

Q. Does it cost anything to enroll my child in TK? 
A. No. There is no cost for students to attend TK. 

Q. Will TK be offered at all elementary schools? 
A. TK will be offered at several if not all school sites. Locations will depend on enrollment numbers and can vary from year to year.

Q. Will the District provide transportation if TK is not at my home school? 
A. No. Transportation is the responsibility of the parent/guardian or caregiver. 

Q. Is TK taught by a credentialed teacher? 
A. Yes. TK teachers are fully credentialed just like all kindergarten through 12th grade teachers. They also have an additional authorization to teach younger children.

Q. How big will the class be? 
A. Class size will be staffed at 24-1 in the 2022-23 school year. There will also be an additional adult in the classroom to assist students.

Q. What curriculum will be used? 
A. TK is aligned with the California Preschool Learning Foundations from the California Dept. of Education. The curriculum is based upon the Common Core State Standards that are age and developmentally appropriate. There is an emphasis on positive social, emotional, and motor skill development. 

Q. Can my child who is age appropriate for regular kindergarten, go to TK instead?
A. No. They must attend kindergarten in accordance with California state Education Code.

Q. Can my child who is age appropriate for TK go to regular kindergarten instead?
A. It is not likely. They would have to go through an assessment process to determine if that is the best placement for them just like other students who are skipping a grade. This would only occur after the school year begins and the child turns 5 years old. Overall it is rare that children at any age are promoted to the next grade level.

Q. After attending the TK program what grade will my student attend the following year?
A. The TK program is the first year of a two year Kindergarten experience. After completing a year of the TK program, a student would then attend a traditional kindergarten program at their home school. The TK program is designed for students who may benefit from an extra year of learning before entering a traditional kindergarten class. 

Q. Is my child automatically enrolled in their home kindergarten school or do I need to enroll him/her again? 
A. Your child is automatically enrolled in their home kindergarten school as long as you complete the school year. You do not need to enroll again.

Q. Can my child go to a different school for kindergarten after TK?
A. Possibly, if the TK school he or she attended is not your home school, he or she will automatically go back to his or her home school. If you do not wish for your child to go back to his or her home school, you may apply for Open Enrollment to attend the TK school they attended or any of the other 16 elementary schools in TUSD. Entry to the different school (not your home school) is dependent upon space availability. Interested families can also apply to the Dual Immersion Spanish Program for the 2022-2023 school year (at Carr or Torrance Elementary Schools). More information about this program is available on tusd.org at Dual Immersion.