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Transitional Kindergarten

Transitional Kindergarten - Supervision

Contact Phone / Address Position / Responsibility

(562) 997-8087 Administrative Assistant

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Transitional Kindergarten is being provided as a response to 2010 legislation that changed the entry date for kindergarten from Dec. 2 to Sept. 1.

Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is an exciting educational opportunity for children born in the fall. Transitional Kindergarten is the first year of a two-year program that provides children, with birthdays between September 2 and December 2, a curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate, taught by credentialed teachers. Parents have a choice to enroll their student in Transitional Kindergarten or wait the additional year when the student is age eligible to enroll in Kindergarten.

The youngest students in a kindergarten class risk struggling academically, emotionally, and/or socially. Transitional Kindergarten ensures that children have these pivotal skills, which are foundations to successful learning, when they begin kindergarten. Transitional Kindergarten bridges the path between preschool and kindergarten. These classrooms are located throughout the city and have a 25:1 teacher to student ratio. The classes are comprised primarily of students with fall birthdays. 

Beginning in 2018-2019, LBUSD will offer Early Transitional Kindergarten (ETK) at select school sites located throughout the district.  Early Transitional Kindergarten is for students turning five years of age after the eligibility date for TK.  These students must turn five during the current school year.  Their date of birth must be between December 3 – June 14*

*Reflects the last day of school for 2018-2019.  This date changes yearly.

2018-2019 ETK School Sites:
Bixby, Burcham, Emerson, King, Lincoln, MacArthur

Birthdates for 2018-2019 Enrollment

Date of Birth

Grade Level

On or after 12/3/14


12/3/13 – 6/14/14

Early Transitional Kinder

9/2/13 – 12/2/13

Transitional Kindergarten

9/2/12 – 9/1/13



Transitional Kindergarten (TK) and Early Transitional Kindergarten (ETK) Enrollment begins at the home school. Attached below is a district map with the TK Whole Class Model Sites. If a school is not listed on the map, it still has the potential to offer TK to their neighborhood students.  If the home school does not have a TK Whole Class Model, those students will be clustered with Kindergarten students.

If you are interested in receiving more information about Transitional Kindergarten or Early Transitional Kindergarten, please review the documents below on this webpage or call the Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Schools Office at (562) 997-8247.