The San Marino Unified School District offers both a traditional Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten Program at the elementary level. Senate Bill 1381 created a Transitional Kindergarten (TK) for all public elementary schools. Transitional Kindergarten is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program.
The following provides answers to frequently asked questions:
What is Transitional Kindergarten (TK)?
Pursuant to law, a child is eligible for TK this upcoming school year if their fifth birthday is between Septemberr 2 and December 2. A transitional kindergarten is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program. It is designed for students who may benefit from an extra year of learning before entering a full-day kindergarten class.
Is attendance in TK mandatory?
TK is not mandatory. Parents may choose not to enroll their children in TK.
Is there a cost to enroll in TK?
No. TK is part of free public education.
How do I enroll my child in TK?
Parents/guardians can enroll on-line at: http://www.smusd.us/parents_and_students/enrollment/enrollment.jsp Parents/guardians are required to follow the District’s enrollment requirements.
What curriculum will be used?
Teachers will use modified kindergarten curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate to enhance student learning. Curriculum will be aligned to the kindergarten standards. Emphasis is on positive social, emotional, and motor skill development.
Will TK be offered at both elementary schools?
For the 2017-18 school year, both Valentine and Carver Schools will offer a TK class.
Will SMUSD provide transportation for my child to attend TK?
No. Transportation is the responsibility of the parent/guardian.
What kind of background/experience will the TK teacher have?
The teacher will be fully credentialed.
Can I opt to have my child attend kindergarten instead of TK if I think s/he is ready?
Because it is normally not in the best interest of the child, San Marino does not as a rule, admit or accelerate under-age children. California law requires a child to be five years old on or before September 1 to be legally eligible for kindergarten.
If I choose not to enroll my child in TK, will my child have a reduced chance of getting into kindergarten at his/her home school the next year?
Kindergarten students are enrolled in their home schools on a space available basis. All students enrolled in TK will have equal status to all others in their neighborhood school.
Can my child who is age appropriate for regular kindergarten, go to TK
No. They must attend kindergarten.
After attending the TK program, what grade will my student attend the
The TK Program is the first year of a two-year kindergarten experience.
After completing a year of the TK Program, a student would then attend a
kindergarten program at their home school.
What will a TK program schedule look like?
Transitional kindergarten will have a similar schedule to the current District full-day kindergarten schedule (8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.).
For more information about Transitional Kindergarten, please contact Lu Jiang (Registrar) at (626) 299-7000 ex 1300.