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Transitional Kindergarten (TK)

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Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is a bridge between preschool and kindergarten for children turning 5 years old between September 2 and December 2. It is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program designed to build a solid foundation for success in school for "young" five-year olds. The program is funded by the Kindergarten Readiness Act 2010 that changes the kindergarten entry date to September 1.

TUSD will offer a high-quality Transitional Kindergarten program for eligible children who do not yet meet the minimum age criterion to enroll in kindergarten. Children who will be five (5) years old on or before September 1, 2019, and reside in the TUSD boundaries are eligible to register for kindergarten for the 2019-20 school year.

Transitional Kindergarten shall admit children whose fifth birthday falls between September 2 and December 2 of the 2019-20 school year. The Transitional Kindergarten program shall assist children in developing the academic, social, and emotional skills they need to succeed in kindergarten and beyond. The District’s Transitional Kindergarten shall be the first year of a two-year kindergarten program. Enrollment in the Transitional Kindergarten program shall be voluntary. Transportation is not provided.

TK Locations

Depending upon enrollment in the program, Transitional Kindergarten will be held at the following elementary school sites: Benson, Heideman, Heritage, Loma Vista, Nelson, Myford, Thorman, and Tustin Ranch elementary schools. The TK school of attendance will be determined by the student’s home school of residence. Transportation is not provided for for Transitional Kindergarten.

  • Benson:              Arroyo, Benson, Red Hill, TMA
  • Heideman:         Estock, Heideman
  • Loma Vista:       Guin Foss, Loma Vista
  • Nelson:               Beswick, Nelson, Thorman
  • Myford:               Hicks Canyon, Myford, Orchard Hills
  • Tustin Ranch:    Ladera, Peters Canyon, Tustin Ranch

Magnet Schools

  • Heritage:            STEAM Magnet application/Lottery
                                 *Families in the Heritage attendance boundaries will have first priority for the program
  • Thorman:           Dual Immersion Application/Lottery

If you would like your child to attend a school site other than the school site assigned to your student’s home school of residence, please mark your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choice on the Transitional Kindergarten Enrollment Form, available at your home school of attendance. You will be notified by mail by May 1 if space is available.

If you have questions not answered on the Website about the Transitional Kindergarten program, please call Lauralee Cabibi, School Readiness Coordinator, (714) 730-7592.

TK Enrollment Brochure

TK Enrollment Dates & Requirements

2019-20 BEGINNING ENROLLMENT DATE;
Enrollment for 2019-20 Transitional Kindergarten begins on Monday, February 11, 2019. Families may enroll online at www.tustin.k12.ca.us. Click on the 'Enrollment' tab and follow the instructions. 

AGE OF CHILD
Child must turn 5 years old between September 2, 2019, and December 2, 2019, to enroll in Transitional Kindergarten for the 2019-20 school year. Transitional Kindergarten is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program.

WHAT YOU NEED TO ENROLL YOUR CHILD

  1. Proof of preschool-age child's birth date/age. Proof of the child's birth date must be presented at the time of registration. Proof may be a certified copy of a birth record or a statement by the local registrar or a county recorder certifying the date of birth, or a baptism certificate duly attested, or a passport, or, when none of the foregoing is obtainable, an affidavit of the parent, guardian, or custodian of the minor, or any other appropriate means of proving the age of the child as prescribed by the governing board of the school district. (CA Education Code Section 48002)
  2. Child's immunization record(Immunization Requirements)
  3. Proof of Residence in two forms:***Photo ID  ***Rental agreement or mortgage statement, and   ***One utility bill - either water, gas, or electric.

TK Enrollment Form

Depending upon enrollment in the program, Transitional Kindergarten will be held at the following elementary school sites. The TK school of attendance will be determined by the student's home school of residence.

  • Benson:              Arroyo, Benson, Red Hill, TMA
  • Heideman:         Estock, Heideman
  • Loma Vista:       Guin Foss, Loma Vista
  • Nelson:               Beswick, Nelson, Thorman
  • Myford:               Hicks Canyon, Myford, Orchard Hills
  • Tustin Ranch:    Ladera, Peters Canyon, Tustin Ranch

Magnet Schools

  • Heritage:            STEAM Magnet application/Lottery
                                 *Families in the Heritage attendance boundaries will have first priority for the program
  • Thorman:           Dual Immersion Application/Lottery

Please complete the TK Enrollment Form linked below (PDF-A) and bring it with you with all enrollment documents to your home school of residence.

2019-20 TK Enrollment Form (PDF-A)
2019-20  Inscripción a "Transitional Kindergarten" (PDF-A)