Transitional Kindergarten

  • Transitional Kindergarten 


    All enrollments are completed at the centralized enrollment center for San Juan Unified School District located at: 


    San Juan Central

    3700 Garfield Avenue (corner of Garfield Avenue & Engle Road)

    Carmichael, CA. 95608

    (916) 726-5826


    Enrollment Center Modified Hours:

    Open 9:00 am to 11:30 am 

    Closed 11:30 am to 1:00 pm for sanitation

    Open 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm


    To enroll your student using our online enrollment process, please click here. For an in person appointment enrollment, please visit our appointment enrollment webpage by clicking here to schedule an appointment.



     Enrollment for TK for 2020-2021 begins on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.


    Transitional Kindergarten Informational Brochure (2020 - 2021)


    Placement in a TK program is FIRST COME - FIRST SERVE as we offer TK at 14 school sites and it is NOT based on resident schools.  Parents may choose the school site of their choice.


    If your child is too young to begin kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year but will be 5 years old between September 2, 2020 and Dec. 2, 2020, your student is eligible to enroll in Transitional Kindergarten.


    All students enrolling into a TK program MUST have ALL of the required immunizations by August 1, 2020 or be compliant within a series of shots. 


    Letter to Parents - IZ Requirements


    Required Immunizations for 2019-2020



    Students enrolled in TK programs at schools that are NOT their resident school will be placed for Kindergarten at their resident school for 2020-2021.  Parents may participate in the Open Enrollment Lottery for that school year to request Kindergarten placement at the school of their choice.


    Listed below are the 14 schools offering Transitional Kindergarten for the school year of 2019-2020    

    (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
    Coyle Avenue
    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 that will help them 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 new 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, 2019 and Dec. 2, 2019 are eligible to enroll for the 2019-2020 school year.

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

    How does this change regular kindergarten eligibility?
    The age eligibility requirement for kindergarten is effective September 1st of each year:
     School Year  Child must turn 5 by:
    2019-2020  September 1, 2019
    2020-2021     September 1, 2020

    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 developmentally appropriate curriculum that is 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?
    Enrollments for the 2020-2021 school year will begin on February 4, 2020.  Please contact San Juan Central at (916) SAN JUAN or (916) 726-5826 for detailed information about enrollment.

    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 school for kindergarten will have to participate in the Open Enrollment Lottery.

    For more details on Open Enrollment, please visit

    Where can I get more information?

    Preschool California’s Transitional Kindergarten resource page
    California Department of Education

    District programs and activities shall be free from discrimination based on actual or perceived sex, race, age, color, religion, ancestry, nationality, national origin, immigration status, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

Last Modified on August 10, 2020