Libby Keller, Transitional Kindergarten Coordinator,

Kindergarten/TK Parent Letter 2015-16 ENGLISH | SPANISH

PUSD is aware of the amendment to California Education Code 48000(c) which permits districts the option to enroll students who turn 5 years of age after December 2 to be admitted to the Transitional Kindergarten program. Whether to take advantage of this new law is a decision left entirely to the school district. Our staff is currently researching the impact on staffing, facilities and budget inherent with this change to determine whether or not to take advantage of this option. At this time, we are enrolling only students who meet the cut off dates and not enrolling children who turn 5 after December 2 into Transitional Kindergarten

The California Department of Education approved a request from PUSD to waive Education Code Section 37202(a) allowing Transitional Kindergarten (TK) students to attend school for a half day program.  The rationale behind this request rests on several points:

  1. TK is intended to be the first year of a two year Kindergarten experience.  PUSD believes it is in the best interest of TK students to attend school within the required number of instructional minutes for Kindergarten, which is 180 minutes, of a half day.
  2. TK students participate in an intensive language arts and math curricula aligned to the California State Standards (2010) in ELA and Math.  They also experience instruction in other core areas during this time, as well as support for behavioral, social and emotional development.  This structure ensures that our TL students are fully prepared to meet the academic rigor in the second year of the Kindergarten sequence.
  3. TK teachers in PUSD are fully credentialed educators who provide intervention and enrichment support to other primary classrooms in the afternoon portion of their daily schedule.  This structure collectively reduces class size for our primary students in grades K-2, and ensures high quality teachers are working with students needing additional supports or enrichment.

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Each elementary school will host its own TK/K information event this spring. Please check your school’s website for details and further information.


Parents of children with a fifth birthday between June 1st and September 1st, 2015 who wish to enroll their child into a TK class, MUST place their name on a District Interest Wait List. Select "TK Interest Wait List" link on this page to complete and submit the required form to put your child’s name on the list. TK waitlist assignments will not be made until June or later.The assigned TK school site will notify parents on the Interest List of an opening in TK. The parent will then be given 48 hours to enroll. Due to increased numbers of students required to enroll in TK, please note space is very limited and will be determined on a first-come, first served basis.

Students that participate in TK will be attending school daily on the half-day schedule. Contact your local neighborhood school for specific hours. TK students will also be eligible for Extended Student Services (ESS) for before and after school care.

VALLEY SPANISH INSTRUCTION TK: Valley starts the process for Spanish instruction TK class on March 2nd. A Parent Informational meeting is scheduled for February 26, 6:30 pm, at 13000 Bowron Rd., Poway, CA 92064. Please call 858-748-2007 ext 2201 for more information; also see VALLEY Website.

Dear Parent or Guardian,

We are looking forward to welcoming your child into Kindergarten or Transitional Kindergarten in Poway Unified School District for the upcoming 2015-16 school year. As your student begins in our District, it is important to share information regarding Poway’s Kindergarten/Transitional Kindergarten programs.

According to California Education Code 48000, if your child has his or her fifth birthday on or before September 1, 2015, he/she may enroll in Kindergarten. If your child has his/her fifth birthday between September 2 and December 2, 2015, he/she will be enrolled in Transitional Kindergarten. Transitional Kindergarten is the first of a two-year kindergarten program that uses a modified kindergarten curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate.

Kindergarten classes in PUSD meet for a full day, while TK classes meet for a half-day. Each of our elementary sites will determine arrival and dismissal times for both programs. Extended Student Services (ESS) may also be available for before and after school care.  If interested please contact the site ESS for information

The following chart is helpful to determine enrollment in Kindergarten or Transitional Kindergarten.

Kindergarten 5th birthday Sep 2, 2014 to Sept. 1, 2015
Transitional Kindergarten (TK) 5th birthday Sept. 2, 2015 to Dec. 2, 2015
Kindergarten OR Transitional Kindergarten (space available, first-come/first-served) 5th birthday June 1, 2015 to Sept. 1, 2015

Each elementary school will host its own TK/K information event this spring. Please check your school’s website for details and further information. Kindergarten / TK enrollment occurs the second week of May at our elementary school sites. Contact school for specific hours and days for registration or look for more information to come in April on our District website at, or on your school’s website in the spring.

Should you have any questions or need clarification, please contact your school office.