Transitional Kindergarten

Transitional Kindergarten

What Is Transitional Kindergarten?

Transitional Kindergarten is intended for students who turn five between September 2 and December 2, 2020. It is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program designed to prime young kindergartners for school success. Children with birthdays between September 2 and December 2 are only eligible to attend Transitional Kindergarten. To learn more about our program, we encourage you to visit our classrooms at Back-To-School Night, Open House, or Kindergarten Information Night on Wednesday, January 29, at 6:30 p.m., at all WSD elementary schools. Kindergarten registration begins Wednesday, February 5, 2020.  Please note: Transitional Kindergarten registration will begin with an online application. Please check the district's homepage in January for more information.

Transitional Kindergarten gives young learners the gift of time. It provides children with a stimulating environment which fosters physical, social-emotional and intellectual development. It provides students with a strong educational foundation. This class is taught by a credentialed teacher, implementing the kindergarten curriculum with a developmental focus.

How Is This Program Different From Academic Kindergarten?

The Transitional Kindergarten program is designed to help children accomplish the following:
  1. Build confidence
  2. Develop small motor skills needed for writing
  3. Foster large motor skills needed for balance
  4. Enhance student skills such as sitting, listening, following directions
  5. Promote vocabulary enrichment and memory skills
  6. Facilitate social interaction and encourages problem solving
  7. Build school success from the beginning
What Is The Process For Transitional Kindergarten?

When you register your child for kindergarten, they will automatically be placed in Transitional Kindergarten if their fifth birthday is between September 2 and December 2. If your child turns five on or before September 1, they will be placed in Academic Kindergarten.

If you are interested in learning more about Transitional Kindergarten, please contact Yen Ta at (714) 898-8389, or you may email her at