Transitional Kindergarten

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Transitional Kindergarten Information and Frequently Asked Questions

In response to the passage of The Kindergarten Readiness Act (Senate Bill 1381), Mountain View Whisman School District (MVWSD) may enroll students who turn 5 years old between September 2  – February 2 in Transitional Kindergarten (TK) classes for the 2022-23 school year. The following provides answers to frequently asked questions regarding our Transitional Kindergarten program.  For more information about Transitional Kindergarten in California, please visit the California Department of Education website

To view a presentation about TK, click here. (TK presentation in Spanish/espanol is here)
To view the presentation in video, click here (Spanish subtitles available)

What is transitional kindergarten (TK)?

A transitional kindergarten is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program that uses a modified kindergarten curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate. Pursuant to law, (EC 48000[c]), a child is eligible for transitional kindergarten if a child will have his or her fifth birthday for the entering school year, on or after September 2 through February 2 (new for the 2022-23 school year). 

How do I enroll my child in Transitional Kindergarten?

Parents must follow the same MVWSD registration process. Our website provides specific information about how to register for MVWSD schools.  Please click here for a link to the District enrollment page.


What is the structure of the TK program?  

TK full-day classes follow the same schedule as our kindergarten classes.
Regular Day School Schedule: 8:15 am - 1:45 pm (for TK/K students) 
Minimum Day (Thursdays) School Schedule: 8:15 am - 12:10 pm. Transitional kindergarten is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program that uses a modified kindergarten curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate.

The teacher to student ratio is a maximum of 24 students per class with 2 adults - one teacher and one full time teacher aide. Our TK teachers focus on vertically aligned academic skills with what is expected from students as they enter Kindergarten. Along with academics - phonics, writing, math, science, and social studies, we also focus on building collaboration skills that align with listening, speaking state standards. 


Will TK be held at our neighborhood school?

TK classes may be held on the on several school campuses depending on enrollment. This year, the District will offer classes at Theuerkauf. 

What are the important dates for TK?

Typically, the first week of school will be minimum days (8:15 am - 12:10 pm) for all Transitional Kindergarten (TK) students to help ease students into a full school day and allow for TK teachers to conduct beginning-of-year diagnostic assessments. Additional information for assessment time slot sign ups will be provided in early Fall. 

After the first week, all TK students will be on a regular day schedule (8:15 am - 1:45 pm) 

The Transitional Kindergarten Back to School Night is typically held in August. Back to School Night is an opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher, learn about school and classroom expectations, procedures, and get a look into the instructional day for Transitional Kindergarteners.  

In the meantime if you have any questions, please feel free to contact our school office at (650) 903-6925. 

Will MVWSD provide transportation to/from TK for my child? 

MVWSD does not provide transportation for TK students.


Is there childcare provided on the school campuses that offer TK?  

Parents are responsible for arranging their children’s before and after school care.  The YMCA and Right at School will be offering morning and after school care at most sites.  
Please contact:  YMCA  - 650-969-9622; and Right at School - 650-407-0531


What kind of background/experience will the TK teachers have?  

The teachers hired to teach TK are fully credentialed.

Is attendance in TK mandatory? 

TK is not mandatory. Parents may choose to not enroll their children in TK.


Is there a cost to enroll in TK?  

No. TK is part of free public education.


If I choose not to enroll my child in TK, will my child have a reduced chance of getting into kindergarten at his/her neighborhood school the next year?  

Kindergarten students are enrolled in their neighborhood schools. All students enrolled in TK will have equal status to all others in their priority group.  Please click here for information about the District's enrollment priorities.


Can I request early admission into TK?  

No, early admission is to TK is not available.


How can I support my child at home to better prepare him/her for kindergarten?  

Ideas for how to support your child can be found on the following websites:


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