• What is TK (Transitional Kindergarten?)

    Our Transitional Kindergarten:

    • Is part of the public school system and is free for families
    • Uses a unique, specialized curriculum that is based on the kindergarten standards and is designed to support young 5 year olds
    • Is taught by credentialed teachers with training to teach young kindergarteners
    • Helps children develop socially and academically 


    We offer an Early TK Pilot Program!

    Students turning five between September 2 and January 15, 2019 will have a spot in our TK class. Students turning five between January 15 and May 31, 2019 may turn in a registration form for Transitional Kindergarten to McDowell's font office. Students will be considered in order of birthday to join the Early TK Pilot Program and Principal Anderson will call families as they are accepted. Contact our office at 707-778-4745 for more information.

    What Happens in a Transitional Kindergarten Classroom?

    In Transitional Kindergarten teachers help children develop social skills through activities that build confidence and communication.  They also expose children to reading and math in an exciting, interactive way by using educational games to teach children about words and sentences and help them understand mathematical concepts like counting and patterns.

    • Classroom facility and teacher:  Transitional Kindergartner have their own classroom with their own teacher.
    • Length of school day:  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday are full days of 5 hours and 40 minutes; Wednesdays are short days of 3 hours and 40 minutes.  
    • After-Care: All TK sites offer after care for a fee.
    • Shared activities:  They participate in all developmentally appropriate kindergarten activities such as music and art throughout the year.
    • Curriculum and learning:  They learn important new skills like working with others, phonemic awareness, and language development that build on what they may have learned in preschool and help them adjust to the elementary school environment.
    • Learning environment:  They learn by working with the teacher in small and large groups and also have opportunities for independent exploration.


    Why is Transitional Kindergarten Good for Kids?

    Transitional Kindergarten provides children with an opportunity to learn in an enriching and academically challenging environment that nurtures their growth.  Research shows that children who attend kindergarten readiness programs like Transitional Kindergarten are more likely to do well in school and attend college.

    Parents all over California recognize the benefits of Transitional Kindergarten and many parents have already been enrolling their children in similar programs, public and private, for years.  Offering Transitional Kindergarten will help all of our kids get the best start possible, with curriculum that is designed just for them.