• Transitional Kindergarten (TK)

    2021-22 School Year

    • Enrollment in TK for 2021-22 is open to children who turn five by January 15, 2022
    • Priority for the Transitional Kindergarten program in the 2021-22 school year will be given to children who turn five between September 2 and December 2, 2021.
    • Outside Age Range: For students who turn five after January 15, 2022, we cannot accept full applications at this time, but you can fill out our TK Interest Form for Students with Birthdates Outside of Age Range and we will contact you if and when we are able to open TK registration up to later birthdates! (The TK Interest Form will open for submissions when Registration opens in late fall.)

    Five school sites offer the Transitional Kindergarten program:  

    McDowell Elementary  (707) 778-4745 
    McKinley School  (707) 778-4750 
    McNear Elementary (707) 778-4752 
    Valley Vista Elementary (707) 778-4762
    Penngrove Elementary (707) 778-4755

    Contact school sites directly for more information about enrollment, or to schedule a tour of a transitional kindergarten classroom.

    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 kindergartners
    • Helps children develop socially and academically 

    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.  
    • Aftercare: All TK sites offer aftercare 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.


Transitional Kindergarten Video