Transitional Kindergarten (TK)

Libby Keller, Transitional Kindergarten Coordinator,
The TK Waitlist for the 2019-20 school year opens March 1, 2019 at 8 am.

Kindergarten/TK Parent Letter 2019-20  ENGLISH |  MANDARIN  |  SPANISH 

2019 TK Interest Waitlist Information:

Parents of children with a fifth birthday between September 2, 2019 and December 2, 2019 do not need to place your child’s name on the waitlist!  Your child is eligible for TK and the waitlist is not necessary. You only need to enroll your child at your home school during their registration in May.

Parents of children with a fifth birthday between June 1 and September 1, 2019 who wish to enroll their child into a TK class, MUST place their name on the District Interest Waitlist (which opens March 1, 2019).  Select "TK Interest Waitlist" link on this page to complete and submit the required form to put your child’s name on the list. Since TK waitlist assignments will not be made until June or later, you  will still need to enroll your child into your home school Kindergarten program while awaiting TK availability confirmation. Should a TK opening be available, the assigned TK school site will notify parents on the Interest List. 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-serve basis. The TK Waitlist is only available to students living within the PUSD boundaries.

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


Dear Parent or Guardian,

We look forward to welcoming your child into Kindergarten or Transitional Kindergarten in Poway Unified School District for the upcoming 2019-20 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, 2019, he/she may enroll in Kindergarten. If your child has his/her fifth birthday between September 2 and December 2, 2019, he/she will be enrolled in Transitional Kindergarten. PUSD enrolls only students who meet the cutoff dates and does not enroll children who turn 5 after December 2 into 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.


The following chart is helpful to determine enrollment in Kindergarten or Transitional Kindergarten.
Kindergarten 5th birthday Sep 2, 2018 to Sept. 1, 2019
Transitional Kindergarten (TK) 5th birthday Sept. 2, 2019 to Dec. 2, 2019
Kindergarten OR Transitional Kindergarten (space available, first-come/first-served) 5th birthday June 1, 2019 to Sept. 1, 2019

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 in early 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.

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.  After a review of the impact this option would have on our district, we are enrolling only students who meet the cut off dates and not enrolling children who turn 5 after December 2 into Transitional Kindergarten.

2019 VALLEY SPANISH INSTRUCTION TK: Valley starts the process for Spanish instruction TK class in February. A Parent Informational meeting is scheduled for TBD, in the Library at 13000 Bowron Rd., Poway, CA 92064. Please call 858-748-2007 ext 2201 for more information; also see VALLEY Website.

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