TK Overview and Eligibility

  • What is Transitional Kindergarten (TK)?

    Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is a full day class OUSD offers for students who turn 5 between September 2 and February 1 the following year.. There are no exceptions to this age cut-off.


    TK is the first of a two-year kindergarten experience designed to meet the specific needs of four and five-year-old children. TK teachers are credentialed with specialized training in teaching young children. Aligned with the California Common Core Standards for kindergarten, instruction focuses on all areas of child development, including social emotional, literacy and math foundations as well as fine and gross motor skills. TK classrooms are nurturing environments where children learn through individual and small group instruction that is hands-on and play-based.


    Eligible Transitional Kindergarten students will be placed in a TK program for the upcoming school year and continue to kindergarten the following year.


    Where is TK offered?

    TK programs are available at most OUSD elementary schools. Families of TK eligible students residing in neighborhoods with schools that do not offer TK are encouraged to look nearby. Please see the list of TK locations to the right.


    What is Expanded TK?

    Expanded TK is a program available for students who turn 5 between September 2 and March 2. There are no exceptions to this age cut-off.


    Where is Expanded TK offered?

    Expanded TK is available at the following schools: Prescott, La Escuelita, Reach Academy and Carl B. Munck. 

    How do I apply?

    Parents of future TK students should participate in the OUSD enrollment process and apply during enrollment season (typically between November and January for the school year starting the following fall.) Please visit

Where is TK offered?

  • TK programs are available at the following school sites:

    Bella Vista
    Bridges Academy
    Carl B. Munck
    Fred T. Korematsu Academy
    Global Family
    Horace Mann
    Kaiser Early Childhood Center 
    La Escuelita
    Lockwood STEAM Academy
    Madison Park Lower 
    Manzanita Community
    Manzanita SEED
    Martin Luther King Jr.
    Melrose Leadership Academy
    Oakland Academy of Knowledge (OAK)
    Piedmont Avenue
    Reach Academy
    RISE Community School
    Sankofa United