... a year of discovery
Welcome to IUSD's Transitional Kindergarten webpage. This online resource is the place for news and information about the Irvine Unified School District's efforts to establish a first-rate educational foundation for our youngest learners.
Transitional Kindergarten Parent Night
IUSD will offer parents an opportunity to learn more about Transitional Kindergarten for the 2020-21 school year at our TK Parent Information Night on February 20, 2020 at 6:00 pm. The meeting location will be posted soon.
To view materials from the TK Parent Information Night held for the 2019-20 school year, click on one of the following:
What is Transitional kindergarten?
TK is the first year of a two-year developmental kindergarten program servicing children who turn five between September 2nd and December 2nd. It is designed to build a solid foundation for success in school for “young” five year olds. The program is funded by the Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010 that changed the kindergarten entry age in 2014-2015 to Sept. 1.
Is your child eligible to enroll?
|Will your child turn 5 during this time period?|
|September 2 through December 2|
If the answer is "yes," your child is eligible for Transitional Kindergarten.
In 2010, California Legislation passed The Kindergarten Readiness Act, a bill changing the cut-off date for Kindergarten entry from December 2nd to September 1st. This change occurred in a three year phase in process beginning November, 2012. The cutoff date in CA now aligns with the majority of the states in the country. Also included in this CA bill is the mandate for districts to offer a Transitional Kindergarten (TK) program for students who are affected by the change. The TK grade level is for IUSD students who will turn 5 between September 2 and December 2. Students whose birthday is on or before September 1st will begin kindergarten.
A few more facts about TK
So what does Transitional Kindergarten look like? Think of it as sort of a hybrid that combines the essential foundations of preschool with the California Common Core Standards for kindergarten, nurturing each child's intellectual and socio-emotional growth. Eligible families are not required to participate, and the state has left it up to individual school districts to establish their own transitional programs. In IUSD, a committee of educators initially spent seven months developing the TK Continuum of Standards, and continue to meet regularly to develop curriculum and refine instruction.
IUSD tK continuum of standards
Please click on the link to access the continuum of standards for each curricular area:
TK school sites for 2019-20
Transitional Kindergarten is not offered at every elementary school site. The following sites will be offering TK for the 2019-20 school year*:
Serving the Northern Area: Cypress Village, Portola Springs, Santiago Hills, Canyon View, Cadence Park, Northwood, Eastwood and Woodbury
Serving the Central Area: Culverdale, Deerfield, Plaza Vista, Springbrook, Meadow Park and Westpark
Serving the Southern Area: Alderwood, University Park and Turtle Rock
Sites are located regionally and designated (upon completion of enrollment) based on assigned neighborhood school and space availability.
*Sites are subject to change based on enrollment.
how to enroll your child in tk
Enrollment will begin March 1, 2019 for the 2019-20 school year; you can enroll through IUSD's online enrollment process, which can be started by clicking here or visiting http://www.iusd.org/enrollment/index.html. Students who are enrolled and meet the eligibility requirements will automatically be enrolled in TK.
Be sure to follow the instructions carefully on the IUSD enrollment page to complete the registration process.
- To access TK Health Documents necessary for enrollment, click on each link:
- Upon completion of enrollment, if your assigned neighborhood school site does not offer TK, you will be designated to the closest site that does offer TK (based on space availability).
questions and answers
What is the difference between Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten?
The Transitional Kindergarten classroom will provide developmentally appropriate thematic-based curriculum. The curriculum is a hybrid between the California Preschool Learning Foundations and the California Common Core Standards for Kindergarten. Students in the TK program will be provided a program that will bridge their early childhood experiences to those of the public school system.
Is my child required to go to a TK class if their birthday falls within the cut-off date?
No, it is an optional program for families.
Can my child enter kindergarten if they are eligible for the TK class?
No, kindergarten entry is based on the new cut-off dates.
Where will the TK classes be held?
The classes will be held at elementary school sites within IUSD. Sites are located regionally and designated (upon completion of enrollment) based on assigned neighborhood school and space availability.
If the TK class is not offered at my child's neighborhood school, where will they go?
Based on space availability, they will go to the TK classroom at the school closest to your child's neighborhood school. Please keep in mind this is a one year program; your child will return to their assigned neighborhood school the following school year.
Which school will my child attend for kindergarten if they go to a different school for TK?
Your child will still go to their assigned neighborhood school for kindergarten, unless you choose to pursue IUSD's Open Enrollment and follow those procedures.
Will there be transportation to the schools offering TK classes?
No, again, TK is not compulsory, and transportation would be cost-prohibitive. It is the parents' responsibility to transport their children to their TK program.
Can my child participate in TK if his/her birthday is in August?
IUSD'S TK program will only be available for students who turn five years old between September 2 and December 2. Children turning 5 on or before September 1 are eligible for Kindergarten in IUSD.
additional tk resources
To learn more about Transitional Kindergarten, please visit the California Department of Education website at:
TK California Website: TKCalifornia.org
For more information on before/after school care, please visit the City of Irvine at: