• San Juan Unified Enrollment

  • In order to ensure the safety of the public, families and employees, Transitional Kindergarten Enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year will be conducted as a lottery.  We encourage families to participate in the Transitional Kindergarten Lottery application process which will be posted to the San Juan Enrollment website starting on February 22, 2021 at 8:00am and running through March 12, 2021 at 5:00pm.  The application will also be available to download  from the website or at San Juan Central Enrollment, 3700 Garfield Ave., Carmichael 95608. The lottery drawing results will be mailed to families the week of March 22, 2021.




    The TK Lottery Application for the 2021-2022 school year is now closed. Lottery results will be mailed during the week of March 22nd to families that participated in the lottery process. If you have any questions or need enrollment assistance, please email San Juan Central Enrollment at oel@sanjuan.edu. 


Transitional Kindergarten

  • Currently we are only accepting enrollment requests for the current school year (2020-2021). Students who turned five between September 2, 2020 and December 2, 2020 are eligible for Transitional Kindergarten for this school year. Online enrollment requests submitted for next school year will not be processed until after the Transitional Kindergarten Lottery results are mailed to families that apply. Please check back during the application period to submit a TK Lottery application for next school year. 


    2021-2022 Transitional Kindergarten Informational Brochure


    If your child is too young to begin kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year but will be 5 years old between September 2, 2021, and Dec. 2, 2021, your student is eligible to enroll in Transitional Kindergarten.


    All students enrolling in a TK program MUST have ALL of the required immunizations by August 1, 2021, or be compliant within a series of shots. 

    Students enrolled in Transitional Kindergarten programs at schools that are NOT their resident school will be placed for Kindergarten at their resident school for 2022-2023. Parents may participate in the Open Enrollment Lottery for that school year to request Kindergarten placement at the school of their choice. 

    The San Juan Central Immunization Clinic is currently closed until further notice. Please click here for the Elica Health Centers Summer 2021 Mobile Clinic information. 

    Listed below are the 13 schools offering Transitional Kindergarten for the school year of 2021-2022  

    (Please note, school sites for TK may change, and scheduled class times may vary from Kindergarten class times at each school site.  At this time, the following schedules are planned):

    Full-Day TK (same hours as Grades 1-5 or 1-6):

    Arlington Heights
    Thomas Edison Language Institute - ENGLISH ONLY (not a Dual Immersion Program)

    Modified TK (4 hours + with no lunch):

    Del Dayo
    Thomas Kelly

    Traditional TK (3 hours, 20 minutes with no lunch):

    Cameron Ranch
    Cottage Montessori
    Howe Avenue
    Earl Legette
    Twin Lakes

    Space is limited for each TK program, and once the individual programs have reached capacity, eligible students may be placed on an interest list at San Juan Central.



    Why Transitional Kindergarten?

    State law now requires school districts to offer Transitional Kindergarten, or an extra year of kindergarten, giving students two years to develop the essential skills to excel academically and socially in elementary school.

    Research suggests that starting kindergarten at an older age can boost children’s test scores, and such students are less likely to be retained or placed in special education.

    The law impacts the age eligibility requirements for both regular kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten (see below).

    What are the Transitional Kindergarten eligibility requirements?

    Students whose fifth birthday falls between Sept. 2, 2020, and Dec. 2, 2020, are eligible to enroll for the 2020-2021 school year.

    Students whose fifth birthday falls between Sept. 2, 2021, and Dec. 2, 2021, are eligible to enroll for the 2021-2022 school year.


    How does this change regular kindergarten eligibility?

    The age eligibility requirement for kindergarten is effective September 1st of each year:
     School Year  The child must turn 5 by:
    2020-2021  September 1, 2020
    2021-2022  September 1, 2021
    2022-2023  September 1, 2022

    Is Transitional Kindergarten mandatory?

    No. Just like traditional kindergarten, it’s voluntary.

    Do Transitional Kindergarten teachers have different qualifications?

    Transitional kindergarten instructors are fully credentialed teachers – just like regular kindergarten who will teach a developmentally appropriate curriculum aligned with state standards.

    Will Transitional Kindergarten cost me money?

    No, the District offers Transitional Kindergarten free of charge to age-eligible children. 

    How do I enroll in Transition Kindergarten?

    Transitional Kindergarten enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year will be held done through a lottery. Applications for the Transitional Kindergarten Lottery will be available starting on February 22 at 8:00 am until March 12 at 5:00 pm. Applications will be availableto complete online or in person during those dates. Please contact San Juan Central at (916) SAN JUAN or (916) 726-5826 for detailed enrollment information.

    Documentation for enrollment in this program is the same as a kindergarten enrollment

    If the student is attending Transitional Kindergarten at a school other than his/her residence school and wishes to continue at that same site for kindergarten, what is the process?

    Students attending a school that is not their school of residence who wish to remain at that kindergarten school will have to participate in the Open Enrollment Lottery. View more details about the Open Enrollment Lottery.

    Where can I get more information?

    Preschool California’s Transitional Kindergarten resource page

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