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Transitional Kindergarten

transitional Kindergarten

TK 2021-2022 information

Transitional Kindergarten is a public school program for age-eligible students turning 5 between September 2, 2021, and December 2, 2021. Students who turn 5 on September 1, or before, are eligible for Kindergarten, and students who turn 5 after December 2, 2021, will wait until the 2022-2023 school year and enroll in Kindergarten.

Pre-enrollment for Transitional Kindergarten is now open and can be reached through the CUSD websiteThe schools will contact families to finalize enrollment beginning in April. Students are assigned to a TK program based on their school of residence:

Jefferson Elementary School: Serving Buena Vista, Calavera Hills, Jefferson, Hope, and Magnolia
Poinsettia Elementary School: Serving Aviara Oaks, Kelly, Pacific Rim, and Poinsettia

TK registration continues throughout the summer and into the school year.  If a class at the assigned school is full, CUSD will offer it at the other school listed above. Families may submit an Open Enrollment/Intra District Transfer request to attend the other school. 

Transitional Kindergarten Defined:

Transitional Kindergarten is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program for those children who turn five between September 2nd and December 2nd.  The classes offer children developmentally appropriate curriculum that is a hybrid blend of California Preschool Foundations and the Kindergarten standards. Transitional Kindergarten teachers hold valid California Teaching credentials and the teachers in Carlsbad plan together and share similar curriculum.


The difference between Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten:

Transitional Kindergarten is not a replication of kindergarten.  The Transitional Kindergarten environment includes more opportunities for social-emotional and language development through dramatic play, small group instruction, and intentional teaching through hands-on activities.  There is a focus on activities which develop large and small motor skills, attention span, and developing the ability to follow directions.  Traditional Kindergarten will focus on mastery of skills and attainment of content standards.