TK Overview and Eligibility

  • What is Transitional Kindergarten (TK)?


    Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is a full day class offered at several schools in OUSD. If your child was born between September 2nd, 2017 and February 8th, 2018, they are eligible for TK. 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 born between February 9, 2018 and March 2, 2018. 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

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, 2017 to February 1, 2018

    • Extended TK
      February 2, 2018 to March 2, 2018

    • Kindergarten (K)
      September 2, 2015 to September 1, 2017

    • Pre-K
      September 2, 2017 to December 1, 2019

Where is TK offered?

  • TK programs are available at the following school sites:


    Bella Vista
    Bridges Academy
    Chabot (located at Kaiser ECE)
    Global Family
    Highland Community School
    International Community School
    La Esceulita
    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