• SAUSD Universal TK Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    Welcome to the SAUSD UPK FAQ page!
    We've created this section specifically to address any inquiries you may have regarding the SAUSD Universal TK Program. We hope you find this resource useful for finding prompt and valuable answers. We also invite you to explore the rest of our website to stay informed about all aspects of the program. 

    Click  HERE  to access FAQ TK English as a PDF document

  • What is Transitional Kindergarten? 

    Posted by SAUSD TK on 6/12/2023

    Transitional Kindergarten (TK) serves as a bridge between preschool and kindergarten and is the first year of a two-year program that introduces a developmentally and age-appropriate modified kindergarten curriculum. TK prioritizes  the child's language, literacy, and pre-math skills with a strong emphasis on social and emotional development utilizing the Preschool Learning Foundations.

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  • Who can attend Transitional Kindergarten?

    Posted by SAUSD TK Department on 6/11/2023

    With the rollout of California’s Universal TK, children who turn 5 from September 2, 2023 through April 2, 2024 are eligible to enroll in TK for the 2023-24 school year. 

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  • Can I choose to have my child attend ECE Preschool instead of Transitional Kindergarten?

    Posted by SAUSD TK on 6/10/2023

    Your child may attend either Preschool or Transitional Kindergarten if their birthdate is between September 2, 2018 and April 2, 2019.  Parents have the right to choose the option that works best for your family.

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  • My child turns 5 on April 3, 2024. Can an exception be made for my child to enroll in TK?

    Posted by SAUSD TK on 6/9/2023

    Children must turn 5 on or before April 2, 2024 to attend TK.

    Your child  may qualify for a preschool program. Please visit the SAUSD Early Childhood Education Program’s website at https://www.sausd.us/ece  

    Assessments are not used to determine TK enrollment eligibility.

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  • My child has a birthday that falls within the TK age-eligibility window. Can my child skip TK and enroll directly in kindergarten?

    Posted by SAUSD TK on 6/8/2023

    We strictly adhere to the age eligibility requirements for a child to enroll in kindergarten. A child must turn 5 on or before September 1, 2023 to enroll in kindergarten for the 2023-24 school year.

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  • What will the Transitional Kindergarten program look like for my child?

    Posted by SAUSD TK on 6/7/2023

    The TK program is taught by credentialed teachers and runs 5 days a week for approximately 200 minutes per day, the same amount of minutes as a typical kindergarten day. TK offers a developmentally appropriate curriculum that allows students to explore, create, and learn through purposeful play based activities. Social emotional, fine motor, and academic skills are all integrated in this hands-on program to build a strong foundation for meeting the rigor of kindergarten the following year.

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  • When can I sign my child up for Transitional Kindergarten?

    Posted by SAUSD TK on 6/6/2023

    The 2023-24 TK and Kindergarten round-up enrollment window runs from February 1st to February 28th; schools will continue enrolling students throughout the year. Registration packets are available at the school site. 

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  • How is TK different from Kindergarten?

    Posted by SAUSD TK on 6/6/2023

    TK is a bridge from Preschool to Kindergarten. It does not replace kindergarten. The program uses the California Preschool Learning Foundations to lay a solid educational foundation and prepare our youngest learners for future academic success.

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  • Where do I enroll?

    Posted by SAUSD TK on 6/5/2023

    Reach out to your neighborhood school to complete the enrollment process.

    If you are not aware of the name of the school, simply click on this link and enter your address, this will assist you to identify the school. If you prefer a school that is not in the neighborhood school, feel free to reach out to the Support Services Department - Enrollment Center at (714) 433-3481 to submit your request for a transfer.

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  • Will there be space for everyone interested in Transitional Kindergarten?

    Posted by SAUSD TK on 6/4/2023

    All students turning 5 between September 2, 2023 and April 2, 2024 are guaranteed a space in the Transitional Kindergarten Program for the 2023-24 school year. If the neighborhood school is at capacity the Enrollment Center office will provide you with other school(s) option(s).

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