How to Register

K 14.jpgRegistration for both the OUSD Kindergarten and Transitional K programs begins on Monday, May 5, 2014.  Please contact the individual school sites listed below for more information and registration details.    

School of Choice For Full-Day Kindergarten

K5.jpgParents interested in sending a child to a school other than his/her current school of residence for full-day kindergarten may complete a School of Choice (SOC) application.

Please note that transportation is not provided. 

SOC applications are available at schools through March 28th.  Thereafter application will only be available at the district’s Educational Support Services (ESS) office, located at 2080 Mission Avenue. If you have further SOC questions, please contact Lydia Smith at 760-966-7802

Frequently Asked Questions -- Kinder and Transitional K

K 15.jpgEnrolling your child in kindergarten or the newly developed transitional kindergarten can lead to many questions for parents new to the public school system.  Click Kinder Q’s for some of the more commonly asked questions.  If you need more information or have additional questions, please call Anna Ramos at 760-966-7838

Parent Resources Transitional K

"Kindergarten concepts with preschool fun.  A wonderful opportunity for the kids with fall birthdays to be positioned for kindergarten success." --

Parent of a TK student.

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The TK Library – A website designed to help parents, teachers, early learning programs and school officials understand the requirements and benefits of transitional kindergarten.  Click TK Library for more information.

CA Dept. of Education -- State website that helps provide answers to frequently asked questions pertaining to transitional kindergarten. Click Dept. of Education to access this site.

Preschool California -- Features a database of positive media coverage of Transitional K and the Kindergarten Readiness Act.  Click Preschool CA for more information.

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Kindergarten Programs

Welcome to The OUSD Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten Information Page

Scroll down for information on the following:

Full-Day Kindergarten

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Transitional Kindergarten

School of Choice

Frequently Asked Questions

Parent Resources                            

California's New Kindergarten Age of Admission

CA Flag.jpgIn 2010, state Senate Bill (SB) 1381 amended the California Education Code to change the required birthday for admission to kindergarten and first grade and established a transitional kindergarten program. 

In 2014-2015 and each year thereafter, a child entering kindergarten must have his/her fifth birthday on or before September 1Click SB 1381 for more information on this legislation.

Full Day Kindergarten for 2015-16 School Year

In August 2015, the Oceanside Unified School District will offer full-day kindergarten classes at 9 of our 16 elementary school sites.  Six (6) schools will provide half-day classes.  Please scroll down for a complete listing of full and half-day kindergarten programs. 

K9.jpgPlease contact individual school sites for bell times. For questions regarding full-day kindergarten, please contact Anna Ramos 760-966-7838.


Early Start Full-Day Kindergarten Programs

The following OUSD schools will operate under the early start bell schedule beginning in August 2015. 

 Please contact the individual school sites for registration information and bell times.  

Del Rio ES -- 760-901-7300

Garrison ES  -- 901-7600

Libby ES  -- 760-901-7000

Mission ES  -- 760-966-8700

Nichols ES -- 760-435-7400

South O. ES -- 760-435-2100

Late Start Full-Day Kindergarten Programs

The following OUSD schools will be operating under the late start bell schedule beginning in August 2015. 

Please contact the individual school sites for registration information and bell times.  K7.jpg 

Laurel ES  -- 760-966-4200

Reynolds ES  -- 760-901-7200

San Luis Rey -- 760-757-2360

Half-Day Kinder Programs

Parents interested only in half-day kindergarten programs can contact any of the six (7) schools listed below.  Half-day kindergarten runs in two sessions, A.M. and P.M., depending on the bell times of the designated school-- Early or Late start. 

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Early start half-day K programs:  8:15 to 11:35 a.m.; 11:35 to 2:55 p.m.


Late start half-day K programs: 8:55 to 12:15 p.m.; 12:15 to 3:35 p.m. 



 Foussat ES  -- 760-721-2200 (Early)

Ivey Ranch ES  -- 760-967-9720 (Late)

McAuliffe ES  -- 760-722-8357 (Late)

North Terrace -- 760-901-7500 (Early)

Palmquist ES  -- 760-901-8500 (Late)

Santa Margarita  -- 760-901-7900 (Late)

Stuart Mesa  -- 760-901-7700 (Late)

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Full-Day, Half-Day and Transitional K Offerings in the OUSD

K 19.jpgFor the 2015-2016 school year, OUSD will offer a variety of full-day, half-day, transitional kindergarten and state preschool  programs.  Full-day programs will be offered for both early and late-start schools.  Half-day programs will be available in both the morning and afternoon.  Please note that Transitional K programs are half-day only.  Scroll down the page for a listing of programs and how to register.  Click on a school below to be taken to its home web page.

Research on Advantages of Starting K at Older Age

Research on beginning kindergarten at an older age:

  • Improves social, emotional, academic developmentK4.jpg
  • Boosts test scores
  • Increases likelihood of attending college and earning higher wages
  • Transitional Kindergarten will save the state money from reduced rates of grade retention and special education placement

Transitional Kindergarten Programs August 2015

K 12.jpgTransitional Kindergarten is a bridge between preschool and kindergarten for children turning 5 years of age between the months of September 2 and December 2.  This unique new program offers young learners a head start and provides them with a golden opportunity to learn and grow in an environment  tailored to meet their academic and social needs.

Important facts about Transitional K: 

  • TK is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program.
  • TK is free for families as part of the public school system.
  • TK uses a unique, specialized curriculum that is based on kindergarten standards.
  • TK is designed to support "young" five-year-olds. 
  • TK is taught by credentialed teachers with extra training. 

Transitional Kindergarten (TK) Program School Sites

OUSD will offer Transitional Kindergarten (TK) at eight elementary school sites beginning this fall.  A child whose 5th birthday falls on/or between September 2 and December 2 may register for TK. 

Please note that All TK programs are half-day only.  Please contact individual school sites for bell times. 


Schools housing this program are listed below.

Foussat ES -- 760-721-2200

Garrison ES -- 760-901-7600 

Laurel ES  -- 760-966-4200

Libby ES  -- 760-901-7000

McAuliffe ES  -- 760-722-8357

Mission ES  --  760-966-8700 

Nichols ES  -- 760-435-7400

Palmquist ES -- 760-901-8500

Reynolds ES -- 760-901-7200

San Luis Rey ES -- 760-757-2360

Stuart Mesa -- 760-901-7700

For more information on the district's TK program, please call Anna Ramos at 760-966-7838.

School of Choice for Transitional Kindergarten

The district's School of Choice (SOC) option is available for parents interested in sending a child to a school offering TK other than his/her current school of residence. 

K6.jpgPlease note: If a child is granted SOC for TK, it is only guaranteed for that school year.  Children will return to their school of residence after that year.  Transportation is not provided for students participating in School of Choice. 

The first Open Enrollment opportunity is through March 31, 2015. Priority will be given to applicants who register before this date.  SOC applications can be obtained at the district’s Educational Support Services (ESS) office, 2080 Mission Avenue.  For further SOC questions, please contact:  Lydia Smith at 760-966-7802 or Terri Zuazo at 760-966-7849.