Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program. TK provides an early childhood education program that builds a bridge between preschool years and traditional Kindergarten.
Eligibility: Transitional Kindergarten is designed for students who turn 5 years old between September 2 and December 2 and who may benefit from an enriched foundational early childhood education program to prepare them for success in traditional Kindergarten. Pursuant to law, EC 48000(c), TK is optional and available to PUSD families at no charge.
Location: Students are assigned to a TK program based on their elementary school of residence. Find your school of residence on the left to see which TK program your child would attend. (Type your home address into the School Locator to find your elementary “school of residence”.)
Your elementary school of residence: TK Program location:
Franklin, Jackson Franklin Elementary
Jefferson, Hamilton Jefferson Elementary
Altadena, Longfellow, Webster Longfellow Elementary
Madison Madison Elementary
McKinley, Roosevelt, San Rafael McKinley School
Don Benito, Norma Coombs Norma Coombs Elementary
Cleveland, Washington Washington Elementary
Field, Sierra Madre, Willard Willard Elementary
There is no “open enrollment” for TK. If your child enrolls at a TK site, there is no guarantee of placement at that site for K-5 unless it happens to be your elementary school of residence. For K-5, you have the option of applying to a school other than your school of residence through the Open Enrollment process. You can request to visit the TK classroom as part of a regular school tour.
Expanded Transitional Kindergarten (ETK)
Similar to TK, Expanded Transitional Kindergarten (ETK) is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program. Expanded Transitional Kindergarten is an early learning-school readiness program to prepare younger children for success in school exemplifying PUSD’s commitment to serve more four year olds as they develop into life-long learners.
ELIGIBILITY: Expanded Transitional Kindergarten is designed for students who turn 5 years old between December 3 and March 31 and who may benefit from an enriched foundational early childhood education program to prepare them for success in traditional Kindergarten.
ETK assignments may be based in part on space availability; please check with the Office of Enrollment, Permits and Student Records (626-396-3639).
Both Transitional and Expanded Transitional Kindergarten mean the student will be in a Kindergarten program for two years. Students attend the assigned TK or ETK school for one year; after that, they go to Kindergarten at their school of residence or the family applies via Open Enrollment for another PUSD campus or program.
For more information on the district’s TK and ETK programs, visit the PUSD website.