Transitional Kindergarten (TK) and Kindergarten Readiness

Transitional Kindergarten

Transitional Kindergarten serves as a bridge between preschool and kindergarten, giving children more time for hands-on, interactive learning. “TK” is a voluntary program with a modified kindergarten curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate. It is free and open to all age-eligible children. A child is eligible for TK if his or her 5th birthday falls between September 2 and December 2.

TK builds on the skills children may have learned in preschool to ensure they will be able to begin kindergarten with confidence. The full-day TK environment includes opportunities for social-emotional interaction, language development, and communication through dramatic play and small group instruction. TK teachers are fully credentialed.

San José Unified is a nimble educational resource, providing the inspiration, tools, and guidance each student needs to become an active and engaged lifelong learner.Click here for the link to the SJUSD site which has additional information, and frequently asked questions.

Kindergarten Enrollment

To be enrolled in San José Unified School District, a student must be at least five (5) years of age on or before Dec. 2nd of that academic calendar year and live full-time within the district boundaries. Students living outside the district boundaries will need an Interdistrict Transfer.

NOTE: Students who will reach five (5) years of age on or before Sept. 1st are eligible for Kindergarten. Students who will reach five (5) years of age between Sept. 2nd and Dec. 2nd are eligible to enroll in Transitional Kindergarten.

For students who are new to San José Unified, secondary enrollment (grades 6-12) begins each year in mid-January. Elementary enrollment (transitional kindergarten to grade 5) begins in early February.


Kindergarten Readiness

Starting Kindergarten is a new beginning for learning, developing friendships, confidence and independence. However, it is normal for both children and parents to feel anxious about being completely prepared to start Kindergarten as well. Click here for the FIRST 5 Santa Clara County in collaboration with the Santa Clara County Partnership for School Readiness handbook to help parents and caregivers prepare children for a successful Kindergarten experience.

To learn more about grade level expectations under the Common Core State Standards, please review the National PTA Guide - Parents’ Guide to Student Success - Kindergarten