Transitional Kindergarten Update
Monday, July 30th, 2012 - Posted in District Communications
The Piedmont Unified School District offers both a traditional Kindergarten and a Transitional Kindergarten Program at the elementary level.
Senate Bill 1381 (also known as the Kindergarten Readiness Act) amended California Education Code to change the required birthday for admission to kindergarten and first grade.
Students must be five years old by the following dates to enroll in traditional Kindergarten:
- School Year 2013-2014 – Must be 5 years old on or before October 1st
- School Year 2014-2015 – Must be 5 years old on or before September 1st
Every year thereafter a child must be 5 years old on or before September 1st to enroll in traditional Kindergarten.
Senate Bill 1381 also created a Transitional Kindergarten (TK) for all public elementary schools. Transitional Kindergarten is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program.
- Students whose fifth birthday falls between October 2nd and December 2nd, 2013, are eligible for the TK Program only. These students will participate in TK during the 13-14 school year and then participate in Kindergarten during the 14-15 school year.
- Students whose fifth birthday falls between September 2nd and October 1st, 2013 are eligible for either TK or Kindergarten. Each family makes this decision individually, recognizing that if TK is chosen, their child will participate in a two-year kindergarten program.
Curriculum in the Transitional Kindergarten program will facilitate oral language development, pre-literacy skills, early math skills, large and small motor skills, development and enhancement of appropriate social and emotional skills, and self-regulation skills that promote success in school. We anticipate offering a dedicated TK classroom. The number of enrollees will determine the final structure of the program.
If your child is eligible for Transitional Kindergarten, we encourage you to attend the March 7th or August 6th elementary enrollment event. An Elementary Principal will be able to answer questions you have about the program.
You may download documents for enrollment on the District website at http://www.piedmont.k12.ca.us/district-info/downloadable-forms
Please bring paper copies of relevant documentation. Parents are required to bring original birth certificates of children to be registered to show proof of age. Children should not accompany parents for enrollment.
State law requires that parents/guardians submit an immunization record prior to kindergarten entry. Parents should come prepared with documented evidence showing complete dates that children have been adequately immunized. Parents must provide, at the time of enrollment, a grant deed and three additional proofs of residency. Parents renting/leasing must provide, at the time of enrollment, a lease AND a copy of the property owner’s rental permit from the city, and three additional proofs of residency. For information on acceptable proofs, please go to the District web site: www.piedmont.k12.ca.us/forms/board/5000.pdf – select Administrative Regulation 5111.1.
If you have questions regarding the Transitional Kindergarten Program or Kindergarten, please feel free to contact Cheryl Wozniak at CWozniak@piedmont.k12.ca.us