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Transitional Kindergarten

about the program

Kids with waterTransitional kindergarten is a bridge between preschool and kindergarten for children turning 5 years old between Sept. 2 and Dec. 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.

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

TK school sites

OUSD offers Transitional Kindergarten (TK) at the following 9  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     760-435-7400

Palmquist 760-901-8500

Reynolds 760-901-7200

Santa Margarita 760-901-7900

Stuart Mesa 760-901-7700


Transitional  Kindergarten application window will open for the     2021-2022 school year on February 22, 2021.

New: The Educational Support Services offices are temporarily closed. Transitional Kindergarten (TK) applications will be accepted by email. Download the form (below), fill it out and email it to

Las oficinas de Servicios de Apoyo Educativo están cerradas temporalmente. Se acepatarán las solicitudes por correo electrónico. Descargue el formulario (abajo), llene la información y mándelo por correo a

2021-2022 Transitional Kinder Application-English

Solicitud para inscripción en TK - Español

On the application, you will list the top three schools you are interested in having your child attend.

Notifications of placement will be mailed out towards the end of July.  Instructions will be provided to you with your approved placement letter. 

Your child must turn 5 years old between Sept. 2, 2021 and Dec. 2, 2021 to be eligible. For questions, contact Donna Omori at at the Educational Support Services, Student Services.

"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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