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Transitional Kindergarten


Transitional kindergarten is a bridge between preschool and kindergarten for children turning 5 years of age between September 2 and December 2.  This 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 kindergarten: 

TK is

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


Transitional Kindergarten (TK) registration takes place at the Educational Support Services (ESS) Office, located at 2080 Mission Ave. 

Priority registration is April 29th-May 10th. 

To register, visit the ESS office to fill out the application form, choose the top three schools you are interested in having your child attend.

Notifications of placement will be mailed out mid-May. Instructions will be provided to you with your approved placement letter. 

Parents registering after May 10th can choose from the remaining TK openings. 

Your child must turn five years old between Sep. 2 and Dec. 2, 2019 to be eligible. For questions, please contact Student Services at 760-966-7849.

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Enrolling your child in kindergarten or transitional kindergarten can lead to many questions for parents new to the public school system.  Visit the CA Department of Education's Transitional Kindergarten FAQ page for some of the more commonly asked questions.  

"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


OUSD offers Transitional Kindergarten (TK) at the following 10 elementary school sites.

Contact individual school sites for schedule.

Foussat 760-721-2200 

Laurel 760-966-4200

Libby 760-901-7000

McAuliffe 760-722-8357

Mission 760-966-8700

Nichols 760-901-7400

Palmquist 760-901-8500

Reynolds 760-901-7200

Santa Margarita 760-901-7900

Stuart Mesa 760-901-7700

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