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Transitional Kindergarten

Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is a bridge between preschool and kindergarten for children turning five-years old between September 2 through April 2 (2023-24 school year) and expanding to June 2 (2024-25 school year). Students attend the one-year program and the following year begin kindergarten. TK is the first year of a two year kindergarten program, providing 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 while having a blast!

The TK curriculum is a blend of California Common Core Kindergarten standards and the CA Preschool Foundations for five-year olds. The TK program gives students an opportunity to jumpstart their potential 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.

The TK class provides more opportunities for social-emotional and language development, as well as fostering a lifelong love of learning through interactive, hands-on activities and stimulating classroom centers, which focus on science, mathematics, writing, arts and crafts, and learning about community through role play.

TK is part of the public school system and is free to participating students. Similar to Kindergarten, enrolling in TK is optional for families.

All TK teachers are fully credentialed educators who also hold 24 units of early childhood education. They teach the district-adopted curriculum.

Basic Content Standards and Goals

TK Students Sharing at Clifford School
TK Student in Class at Clifford School

Basic Content Standards and Goals

English Language Arts/Literacy

TK students' conversation and oral language skills are strengthened each day among peers and with their teachers. Instructional time focuses on developing listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Children develop phonological awareness, knowledge of print materials, and are given opportunities to hone early writing skills that will serve them through life.


Active learners, TK students engage in early math skills such as sorting and counting objects, making measurement comparisons, and exploring number sequences! Mathematics vocabulary is built up around children's intuitive understanding of math, such as what is to “add and take away” and defining the shapes they see in everyday life.

Science / Engineering

Naturally inquisitive about their world, TK students are budding scientists! Students have hands-on opportunities to explore life science, physical science, and earth science while being introduced to the academic language to support their questions and hypotheses.

Arts and Music

Visual arts, music, dance and dramatic play offer young students the opportunity to build many skills while having fun and expressing themselves creatively. From fine motor skills and gross motor skills to language and social emotional development, creative classroom centers are an integral part of whole-child learning.

Sample Transitional Kindergarten (TK) Schedule

8:15 am Morning Schedule
  Arrival, Morning Community Circle, Phonics & Reading, English Language Development (ELD), Science/Social Studies, Snack/Recess
11:00 am Lunch/Recess
11:40 am Afternoon Schedule
  Writing, Math, Choice Time, Closing Circle, Art, Music, Physical Education, and Library
2:15 pm Dismissal


Enrolling in TK in RCSD Schools

Redwood City School District (RCSD) offers Kindergarten at all of its seven neighborhood schools:

  • Clifford School,

  • Garfield School, 

  • Henry Ford School,

  • Hoover School, 

  • Roosevelt School, 

  • Roy Cloud School, and

  • Taft School

The school district also offers Transitional Kindergarten (TK) in its immersion programs, Mandarin Immersion and Spanish Immersion as well as its Parent Co-Op program. The Spanish Immersion program is housed at Adelante Selby Spanish Immersion School while the Mandarin Immersion and the Parent Co-Op programs are housed at Orion Alternative School. 

Documents Needed:

To complete your student’s registration, you will need to upload the following:

  • Student’s birth certificate or passport

  • Two (2) different and current documents showing proof of residence: utility bills, rental agreement, vehicle registration, notarized letter from landlord or renter and utilities bill in their name (renting room). Current is defined as showing a date of within the last two months.

  • Parent or guardian’s photo ID (i.e. driver’s license or passport)

  • Student’s immunization record

  • In addition, please note:

    • Health Exam by a physician is required for kindergarten or 90 days following entry into first grade.

    • Oral health assessment is required by kindergarten or first grader enrolling in public school for their first time.

Please note: Your application will be completed once all documents have been uploaded and received by RCSD. Once all documents have been turned in, RCSD will then process registration for placement.

For More Information Contact:

Redwood City School District Department of Enrollment Services at 650-482-2027

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