Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is a bridge between preschool and kindergarten for children turning 5 years old between September 2 through December 2. It provides young learners a head start and the opportunity to learn and grow in an environment that is tailored to meet their academic and social needs.
TK is part of the public school system and is free to participating students. Registration in the program is optional. Students attend the one-year program and the following year begin Kindergarten. Credentialed teachers using the district-adopted curriculum teach Transitional Kindergarten. TK curriculum is a blend of California Common Core Kindergarten standards and the CA Preschool Foundations for 5 year-olds.
The TK class provides more opportunities for social-emotional and language development, including math functions through interactive, hands-on activities, so students will develop and build upon existing skills to be successful in Kindergarten. Stimulating classroom centers, which focus on science, math, writing, arts and crafts, community roll play, etc.
The TK program gives students an additional opportunity to continue to build their skills and abilities. Their time in TK will help them to succeed in Kindergarten, become leaders in the classroom, and confidently navigate the school day routine.
Does RCSD offer a Transitional Kindergarten (TK) Program?
Yes, RCSD does offer Transitional Kindergarten for students who turn 5 between September 2 and December 2.
How do you register for TK?
Registration for Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is the same as for Kindergarten. Online Registration Form
If students are already enrolled in TK do they need to register to attend Kindergarten in RCSD?
Yes. Even if your student is currently enrolled in TK, you must register them again for Kindergarten in RCSD.
If students attend a TK class at one of the schools offering TK, do they need to continue attending that school for Kindergarten and beyond?
No. Students will attend Kindergarten at their assigned neighborhood school or school of choice during the following school year.
If students attend a TK class at one of the schools offering TK, do they get preference for attending that school for Kindergarten the following year?
No. When students register for regular Kindergarten classes they will register at their home school. Location of the TK program they attended will not be a factor in Kindergarten placement.
How will students be assigned to a school for TK?
Families may state a site preference during the registration process. Students will be assigned based on space available at their preferred site and in order of registration.
What happens if more children register for TK than expected?
Once all registrations are in, the District will then assess the number of spaces available, and will open additional classrooms or create a waitlist of students in order of receipt of registration.
Will there be a charge to attend the TK class?
No. TK is offered free of charge to students who turn 5 between September 2 and December 2.
What are the hours for TK?
TK is a half-day program and each school site offering a TK classroom has different start and dismissal times. Please check with your assigned TK school for the correct hours.
Is TK mandatory for students who turn 5 after September 1?
No, the TK program is optional. You may choose to enroll your child in a private pre-school, or wait until the following year to register them for Kindergarten.
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Redwood City School District Registration Office at 482-2027
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