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Enroll Your Child Now in Transitional Kindergarten for the 2016-17 School Year

Transitional Kindergarten is a pre-Kindergarten program designed to build a bridge between early learning and Kindergarten. This program provides time for younger students to engage in early academic learning experiences designed to promote success in Kindergarten and beyond. Children eligible for transitional kindergarten in the 2016-17 school year are those whose fifth birthday falls between September 2, 2016 and December 2, 2016. (In other words, children born between September 2, 2011 and December 2, 2011.)

Students in the TK Program complete a full year in TK, and then a full year in regular Kindergarten. After their kindergarten year, they move to First Grade. The District offers a half-day TK program at selected school sites.

What Happens in a Transitional Kindergarten Classroom?

In transitional kindergarten, teachers help children develop social skills through activities that build confidence and communication. They also expose children to reading and math in an exciting, interactive way by using educational games to teach children about words 2016 Transitional Kinder stock photoand sentences and help them understand mathematical concepts like counting and patterns.

Why is Transitional Kindergarten Good for Kids?

Transitional kindergarten provides children with an opportunity to learn in an enriching and academically challenging environment that nurtures their growth. Research shows that children who attend kindergarten readiness programs like transitional kindergarten are more likely to do well in school and attend college.

“Transitional kindergarten gives the gift of time to children who are smart and capable but need another year to grow.”—Transitional Kindergarten Teacher

When Ryan first began transitional kindergarten, he had trouble focusing in class and struggled to write many words. After just a few months, Ryan’s focus is much better and he is now able to write sentences. “He feels so much more confident now,” says his mother, Monica. “Transitional kindergarten was a perfect fit for him.”

Registering for Transitional Kindergarten

TK is offered at selected school sites – not every school has TK. Parents register their child for TK at their neighborhood school (even if TK is not offered at that school). You must provide the following original documents with the completed registration packet and Zone Transfer:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Proof of Residency
  • Immunization Record – Children entering Transitional Kindergarten should have:

5 DTaP – 4 doses meet requirement if at least one was given on or after the 4th birthday

4 Polio – 3 doses meet requirement if at least one was given on or after the 4th birthday

3 Hep B

2 MMR (1st dose on or after 1st birthday)

1 Varicella (or doctor’s verification that the child has had the chickenpox)

School Placement for students who do not have TK at their neighborhood/home school:

Please submit your child’s completed registration packet and then complete a zone transfer form at your home school.  Your enrollment will be entered into our information system and become available for principals of Transitional Kindergarten schools to accept.   You will receive placement confirmation by mail prior to the start of school. Click on the following link  TK Schools 2016-2017 for a list of campuses that offer TK.

(Note: All TK students attending a school other than their home school will be automatically placed at their neighborhood school for the following school year as they enter Kindergarten 2017-2018.  However, if desired, parents will have the opportunity to apply for a zone transfer renewal.)

Please continue to visit the Chula Vista Elementary School District website at for updates on TK sites for the upcoming school year.

“It offers an opportunity to our youngest boys and girls to make sure that they are kindergarten ready. By that, I mean that they are socially ready, that they learn the procedural and social norms that are so crucial to their success at school.”—School Principal.

Parents of TK students reported that they noticed growth in their children in both oral language development and social skills. The students are much more confident, they also understand the routines of school and their expected interactions with other kids, school principals noted. “They can express themselves in complete sentences and are understood. These children can express themselves very clearly, and this is already taking place in Transitional Kindergarten,” said one principal, whose school has hosted a TK class since the program’s inception.

Remember, school resumes in the Chula Vista Elementary School District on July 20, 2016. Don’t delay. …Register today!

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