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Transitional Kindergarten (TK)

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The Transitional Kindergarten (TK) Program dates are extending! For the 2023-2024 school year, TK is open to students who turn five years old between: 

September 2, 2023 and April 2, 2024.

Transitional kindergarten is one of the state of California's Universal Pre-K options, designed to give all 4-year-olds access to an early learning experience.  TK gives children the “gift of time” to develop foundational behaviors, skills, and opportunities to promote success and confidence in kindergarten and beyond. 

TK instruction takes place in a flexible, play-centered environment, attentive to the social and emotional development of each child. The curriculum follows California state guidelines with a pacing that is developmentally appropriate, while encouraging cultural and linguistic diversity.

For TK Enrollment

In order to register for TK for the 23-24 school year, your child's Date of Birth MUST be between 9-2-18 to 4-2-19. Registration for TK opens March 1, 2023 for the 2023-24 school year. Students must be fully potty-trained in order to register for TK. Parents are highly encouraged to begin the registration process online as early as possible. While TK will be offered on all school campuses, openings at each site are limited. If the school's TK class is full, eligible students may be offered placement at another school where space is available. 

Oak Grove Offers DUAL LANGUAGE and STEAM PROGRAMS For Transitional Kindergarten Students

Program options for TK include Two-Way Bilingual Immersion or STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math). In order to apply for a program option, an application will need to be completed in addition to the enrollment process.  The Program option application window is open January 9, 2023 - March 10, 2023.  Please visit OGSD's Program options web page to download the application or visit the office of any of our school sites.

Dual language TK locations:
Christopher for native Spanish and native English speakers
Del Roble for native Spanish and native English speakers.
STEAM TK location: 
STEAM@Stipe Elementary School

Program options that do not have a TK class: Indigo and Edenvale Bilingual

Transitional Kindergarten program is considered “a gift of time” for children to learn skills that will help them build a strong foundation for success in elementary school and beyond. If you have any questions about enrolling your age-eligible child, please contact your home school secretary or Teresa Flores at or Jenay Enna at

We are excited to offer TK on all of our 14 campuses for the 2023-2024 School Year:

TWBI @ Christopher
TWBI @ Del Roble
Oak Ridge
Santa Teresa

Contact Information

Teresa Flores
408-227-8300 ext. 100267
Jenay Enna
Director, Educational Services

Please join us for our TK Informational Meeting!

Tuesday, January 31, 2023 (new date!)
Join via Google Meet: 

This meeting will be recorded and posted on our YouTube Channel to view at anytime. Captions with language options will be available.

OGSD TK Parent Night

Frequently Asked Questions about Oak Grove School District's
Transitional Kindergarten Program

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Will transitional kindergarten be mandatory for qualifying 4 year olds?
Just like kindergarten, transitional kindergarten enrollment will be voluntary. Below are the options parents have according to the child’s date of birth and the enrollment year: 

Eligible Dates by school year:
These expanded dates are part of the California Universal Pre-K program, designed to give early learning opportunities to all children who qualify for state preschool and TK programs.  

School Year
Date of 5th Birthday
Enrollment Option
Any On or before September 1st Kindergarten Only
2023-2024 September 2nd - April 2nd Transitional Kindergarten Only

September 2nd - June 2nd

Transitional Kindergarten Only
2025-2026 (and ongoing) September 2nd - September 1st Transitional Kindergarten Only

How is transitional kindergarten different from preschool?
The standards, curriculum and teaching requirements in transitional kindergarten will be based on the California Preschool Learning Foundations (soon to be updated by the CDE), with an emphasis on preparing students for the kindergarten content standards. It will build on developmental skills that children may have learned in previous preschool experience to ensure they will be able to begin kindergarten with confidence. TK classes will follow the same schedule as the kindergarten classes on the school campus where it is located.

How is transitional kindergarten different from traditional kindergarten?
TK classrooms in OGSD will have up to 20 students with a credentialed multiple subject teacher and an Instructional Assistant.

Will transitional kindergarten provide support for children who do not speak English?
English learners in transitional kindergarten will have the same level of services as those in kindergarten. Based on the home language survey, students will be tested on the initial ELPAC assessment to determine proficiency level.  Spanish speaking students may qualify for the Two Way Bilingual Immersion program at Christopher or Del Roble, where instruction is 90% in Spanish. Visit the Program Options page for application information.

Will transitional kindergarten be free or will I have to qualify based on income?
Transitional kindergarten will be free and open to all age-eligible children.

What kinds of qualifications will transitional kindergarten teachers have?
Beginning in 2023-2024, TK teachers will be required to have preschool experience or Early Childhood Education units or equivalent, in addition to their multiple subject teaching credential.

How will this affect children in special education?
Districts will be required to offer the same services to transitional kindergarteners with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) as they currently offer to children in kindergarten. 

What grade will children go into after transitional kindergarten?
Transitional kindergarten is one of the state's Universal Pre-K options, and does not take the place of kindergarten. Children will be automatically promoted to kindergarten at their home school and not required to re-enroll.  

What happens in a TK Classroom?
Teachers help children develop social skills through activities that build confidence and communication. They also expose children to reading and math foundational skills in interactive ways using educational games and play.