Welcome To Transitional Kindergarten

  • 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 (TK) is designed for students who turn 5 years old between September 2 and December 2 for the 2021-22 school year or between September 2 and February 2 for the 2022-23 school year. TK is ideal for students 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)


    *2022-23 school year

    Transitional Kindergarten means the student will be in a Kindergarten program for two years. Students may attend their assigned school or submit an online lottery application for another school or dual language immersion program. Students attend transitional kindergarten for one year; after that, they go to kindergarten at their school of residence or the family applies via Open Enrollment School Choice for another PUSD campus or program.

    2021-2022 List of School Assignments  
    2022-2023 List of School Assignments

    The Benefits of Transitional Kindergarten

    • Children are better prepared to succeed.
    • Families have an additional option to ensure their children enter kindergarten with the maturity, confidence and skills they need to excel.
    • Schools benefit because children will be better prepared to succeed academically and less likely to be placed in special education or held back in later grades. 

    As a Parent, What Do I Need to Know?

    • Transitional Kindergarten is taught by credentialed teachers from the K-12 system, which now includes Transitional Kindergarten.
    • Transitional Kindergarten is part of the public school system and free for families. 
    • ENROLLMENT:  To register for Transitional Kindergarten, go to your school of residence and let the office know that you would like to register for Transitional Kindergarten. To find your school of residence, use our School Locator. Visit Open Enrollment for more details.    

    Is there an after school program for Transitional Kindergarten?

    PasadenaLEARNs serves students in grades K-8. Transitional Kindergarten students may participate in the program if space is available. Contact the LEARNs Site Coordinator at your child's school for more information. Click here to find out more about LEARNs.

Now Enrolling for 2021-2022


  • Mrs. Ree Hudson
    Director, Early Childhood Education

    “Our dedicated teachers and staff are committed to maintaining a safe, orderly, and caring learning environment for all students in all of our elementary schools.  Our practices value diverse learning styles, provide rich experiences for all learners, and nurture high self-esteem and character development to make the transition to middle school seamless.”   
    -- Dr. Reynoso