TK Overview and Eligibility

  • What is Transitional Kindergarten (TK)?


    Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is a full day class offered at several schools in OUSD. Children born between September 2nd, 2018 and April 1st, 2019 are eligible for TK.  


    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 automatically continue to kindergarten the following year. Families do not need to re-enroll for kindergarten unless they wish to change schools.

    • Families who wish to enroll a child who is younger than the age range above, may complete this form so that their request may be considered.


    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.


    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

Early Childhood Education Eligibility

  • Check out the birthdates below to find out which of our Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs (including Pre-K!) are right for you and your child:


    • Transitional Kindergarten (TK)
      September 2, 2018 to April 1, 2019

    • Kindergarten (K)
      September 2, 2017 to September 1, 2018

    • Pre-K
      September 2, 2018 to December 1, 2020

Where is TK offered?

  • TK programs are available at the following school sites:


    Bella Vista
    Bridges Academy
    Carl B. Munck
    Chabot (located at Kaiser ECE)
    Global Family
    Highland Community School
    Hillcrest (located at Kaiser ECE)
    International Community School
    Korematsu Discovery Academy
    La Escuelita
    Lockwood STEAM Academy
    Madison Park Primary
    Manzanita Community
    Manzanita SEED
    Melrose Leadership Academy
    Oakland Academy of Knowledge (OAK)
    Peralta (located at Kaiser ECE)
    Piedmont Avenue Elementary
    Reach Academy
    Sankofa United
    Think College Now