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Transitional Kindergarten

About TK

The Capistrano Unified School District began offering the Transitional Kindergarten (TK) program in fall of 2012. 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 of Early Childhood Programs, at (949) 234-5341 or by visiting the Transitional Kindergarten website at

CUSD Transitional Kindergarten Philosophy

Curriculum Development: 
Creating a quality early learning experience for Transitional Kindergarten (TK) includes the merging of both early learning fields of study and school age programs. In order to effectively merge both programs, the guiding force behind the curriculum development is the merging of the California Preschool Learning Foundations, Kindergarten Common Core Standards, and the Kindergarten California Content Standards.  


Developing and Teaching the Whole Child:  
The TK teacher prepares a wide range of developmentally appropriate activities and experiences within a richly prepared environment recognizing that young children learn best in an environment that encourages and supports various learning styles and opportunities. The TK program is child-centered and focuses on developing the whole child. The child has large time blocks of child-directed explorations where experiential opportunities provide an understanding of concepts. The teacher supports development and optimizing learning by recognizing student developmental levels, readiness, and potential teachable moments. The teacher offers instruction and support when appropriate. 


Integrated and Diverse Activities:

The day is balanced with large group, small group, and individual opportunities, indoor and outdoor activities, active and calm time, including free choice and teacher-directed lessons. Learning opportunities surface throughout the day, interwoven with carefully planned curriculum based on the developmental tasks of the age and the interest of the children. There is a natural flow to the day that allows children time to explore and experience their world. Emergent curriculum flows from the children’s discoveries. Teachers support learning through direct instruction and guidance in all learning domains. 

Learning Domains:

The TK curriculum supports the child in the following learning domains: social emotional development, English development and language arts, mathematics, visual and performing arts, physical development, health, history-science, and science.  Children are encouraged and supported in learning to solve problems, negotiate, and work toward reciprocal relationships with their peers. 

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TK Locations for 2017-18

  • Don Juan Avila Elementary School
  • Bathgate Elementary School
  • Truman Benedict Elementary School
  • Chaparral Elementary School
  • Hidden Hills Elementary School
  • Kinoshita Elementary School
  • Ladera Ranch Elementary School
  • Las Flores Elementary School
  • Moulton Elementary School
  • Marblehead Elementary School
  • Philip Reilly Elementary School
  • Tijeras Creek Elementary School
  • George White Elementary School
  • Wood Canyon Elementary School

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Transitional Kindergarten

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