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Transitional Kindergarten

Transitional Kindergarten

The Capistrano Unified School District began offering the Transitional Kindergarten (TK) program in fall of2012. To qualify, students must turn five years old October 2-December 2, 2013. Transitional Kindergarten is being offered to students who, due to the kindergarten age rollback, miss the cutoff to enter kindergarten. This will be the first year of a two-year kindergarten program provided for in the SB 1381 legislation or the Kindergarten Readiness Act 2010. Transitional Kindergarten is offered at select sites. At the end of the Transitional Kindergarten year, students will matriculate to their home schools for regular kindergarten. For more information, please contact Debbi Keeler, Director, Early Childhood Programs at
(949) 234-9200.


The deadline for submitting an Intent to Register Form for the 2014-2015 Transitional Kindergarten (TK) Program is March 28, 2014. Parents who submit their forms by March 28, 2014 will be more likely to be assigned to their home school or their school of choice. Intent to Register forms are available on the District’s website under Schools, Transitional Kindergarten.

The school sites offering the TK Program for the 2013-2014 school year are:

  • Don Juan Avila Elementary School
  • Bathgate Elementary School
  • Truman Benedict Elementary School
  • Crown Valley Elementary School
  • Kinoshita Elementary School
  • Ladera Ranch Elementary School
  • Las Flores Elementary School
  • Clarence Lobo Elementary School
  • George White Elementary School

Additional school sites may be added for the 2014-2015 school year.

All students whose home schools are hosting the TK Program will be placed at those sites. In the case where there are more requests than openings, every effort is made to place those students at a site closest to their home. Once students are placed after March 28th, placement will be done on a first come first served basis, based on availability.

If you have any questions regarding the Transitional Kindergarten Program and/or the registration process, please contact Mary Manos at (949) 234-5342 or mcmanos@capousd.org.


CUSD will be hosting a Transitional Kindergarten Parent Information night on Thursday, January 23, 2014, at 7 p.m. in the CUSD Board Room, located at 33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano. The information shared at this meeting will include: age requirements for TK; the intent and purpose of TK; the differences between TK and kindergarten; educational goals; a description of the curriculum; TK sites; and, the registration process. Parents will receive important information on how Capistrano Unified School District has specifically tailored the TK program to address school readiness.

Age requirements for the 2014-2015 school year include children turning five between September 2nd and December 2nd. To pre-register for the program, please complete the TK Intent to Register Form below for the 2014-2015 school year. This form may be emailed directly to the District or delivered to the District office. If you have any questions, please call or email Mary Manos at mcmanos@capousd.org or 949-234-5342.


Interactive At-Home Transitional Kindergarten Program

Are you interested in an interactive at-home transitional kindergarten program for your child? In the fall of 2014, the Capistrano Unified School District will offer an interactive at-home transitional kindergarten program as an alternative to the traditional classroom program being offered at three school sites. The program is free of charge to eligible students.

Eligible students for the interactive at-home transitional kindergarten program are:

  • Students who will turn five between September 2-December 2, 2014, or
  • Students who are kindergarten-age eligible, five years old on or before September 1, 2014, where parents have chosen not to send them to kindergarten in fall of 2014.

This interactive, standards-based curriculum combines rich multimedia with comprehensive hands-on activities. The program encourages excitement and creativity in the areas of math, science, reading, writing, social studies, wellness, and visual arts. Students experience a dynamic virtual classroom through the use of teacher videos, audio stories, animated characters, and interactive games. By combining these online activities with various hands-on elements like activity books, experiments, art projects, and a collection of illustrated storybooks, students will receive a complete and fulfilling educational experience.

In addition to the online interactive program, parents will receive guide books that include detailed explanations of the objectives and directions to help your child complete the activities, experiments, projects, and games. Also provided is a supply box filled with the necessary materials to complete the program. Supplies include: early color and shape cards, phonics flashcards, letter cards, number cards, sight word cards, activities books, plastic coins, unifix cubes, drawing paper, paint, modeling clay, dry erase board with markers, and much more. For more information about this interactive at-home program please visit http://littlelincoln.org/about.

To speak with a representative from the Capistrano Unified School District, please contact Capistrano Virtual School at 949-234-9374.