• Transitional Kindergarten - Two Year Kindergarten Program:

    Students who turn five between September 2 and December 2 qualify for Transitional Kindergarten (TK) which is offered at all of our Elementary school sites.
    Transitional Kindergarten is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program that uses a developmentally-appropriate hands-on kindergarten curriculum aligned to transitional kindergarten standards and taught by a credentialed teacher.  Class size, length of school day, facilities, and teacher certification, are subject to the same legal requirements applicable to kindergarten programs.  The Transitional Kindergarten class includes hands-on cognitively rich activities that lay the foundation for success.
    Transitional Kindergarten is part of the public school system and it is free for all families.    
    The district's Transitional Kindergarten is designed to provide children with the gift of time and parents with an option to ensure future academic success for their children through a hands-on approach to learning important foundational academic and social skills. 

    Out-of-Age Policy  

    The TK birthdate range is 9/2 – 12/2. The following guidelines are in place for any questions regarding TK placement.

    Students turning 5 with Birthdates after December 2

    Due to current enrollment, we will not be accepting any TK students whose birthdate falls after the 9/2 - 12/2 TK window. The only exception would be if a classroom has an unexpected low enrollment.  We encourage families to make other arrangements for next year, as we do not anticipate spaces to be available at this time. 

    Students turning 5 with Summer Birthdays (June 1st – September 1st)

    Summer birthdays also fall outside of the TK birthdate range. On a case-by-case basis, the district will consider placing a student with a summer birthday into TK if we feel it is in the student’s best interest to have a two-year Kindergarten experience. A screening is required to evaluate the student’s skills and social-emotional readiness. If you are interested in your child being screened, please contact Gertie Lewis at glewis@murrieta.k12.ca.us.


    TK Range Students Requesting Kindergarten

    The state of California has moved the Kindergarten start date to align with other states across the country, as well as identifying best practices for student success. Additionally, California has developed a transitional program for students within the TK birthdate window to provide a strong foundation for Kindergarten success. If your child falls within this window, it is expected that he/she will attend TK. Moving directly to Kindergarten is the equivalent of skipping a grade level, such as moving from third to fourth grade.  

    If you feel that your child should be placed in Kindergarten, the district will address your request as we address other advancement cases. The student will begin in the TK classroom to allow staff to observe him/her in an authentic school setting. After six to eight weeks of attendance, a Student Success Team (SST) meeting will be held to evaluate the best course of action for the child. This team will include the student’s family, site administration, the TK teacher, a Kindergarten teacher, and district personnel.

    Transitional Kindergarten California Standards

    For more information on Transitional Kindergarten, please contact Gertie Lewis at (951) 696-1600 ext.1178.


Last Modified on March 29, 2019