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Oakland Unified School District

Transitional Kindergarten

Overview and Eligibility

What is Transitional Kindergarten (TK)?

Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is a full day class offered at several schools in OUSD. For the 23-24 school year, children are eligible if they have a birthdate between September 2, 2018 and April 1, 2019. For the 24-25 school year, children are eligible if they have a birthdate between September 2, 2019 and June 1, 2020.

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 the TK Interest Form so that their request may be considered.

TK Age Appeal Form

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.)


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.

TK programs are available at the following school sites:

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

Which grade should I choose for my kiddo?


Born between September 2, 2019 to December 1, 2021

Apply for preschool at one of our 28 child development centers.

Transitional Kindergarten (TK)

Born between September 2, 2019 to June 1, 2020

Apply for transitional kindergarten at one of our 47 elementary schools.

Kindergarten (K)

Born between September 2, 2018 to September 1, 2019

Apply for kindergarten at one of our 49 elementary schools.

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