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Transitional Kindergarten Introduction



Capistrano Unified School District began offering the Transitional Kindergarten (TK) program in the fall of 2012. To qualify, students must turn five years of age between September 2nd and December 2nd of the current school year. Transitional Kindergarten is offered to students who, due to the kindergarten age rollback, miss the cutoff to enter kindergarten. This will be the first year of a two-year kindergarten program provided for in the SB 1381 legislation or the Kindergarten Readiness Act 2010. Transitional Kindergarten is only offered at select sites. At the end of the Transitional Kindergarten year, students will matriculate to their home schools for regular kindergarten. For more information, please contact Debbi Keeler, Director, Early Childhood Programs at (949) 234-5341.



2017-2018 Transitional Kindergarten

The age requirements for Transitional Kindergarten (TK) for the 2017-2018 school year include children who turn 5 years of age between September 2 – December 2, 2017.  The registration process for TK includes the following steps:

  1. Attend a TK Parent Information Night, from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., at the following locations:
  • Tuesday, January 10, 2017 – Wood Canyon Elementary, Aliso Viejo
  • Thursday, January 19, 2017 – Ladera Ranch Elementary, Ladera Ranch
  • Thursday, January 26, 2017 – Marblehead Elementary, San Clemente
  • Tuesday, February 7, 2017 – CUSD Offices, San Juan Capistrano


    2.   Submit the 2017-2018 Intent to Register in Transitional Kindergarten form starting Monday, January 9, through Thursday, February 16, 2017, to the Early Childhood Programs office (by email to  You may access the Intent to  Register form below.


    3.   During the week of February 28, 2017, parents will be notified, via U.S. mail, regarding   their child’s placement in the TK program.  Placement is determined as follows:

  • TK students with an older sibling who already attends their school of choice will be given first priority.
  • TK students whose home school is their school of choice will be given second priority.
  • The remaining available seats will be filled by lottery system.


  • Every effort is made to place the student at the school that is nearest to their home that is offering the TK program.    

      4.   The placement letter that is sent home outlines the next steps to be taken in the registration process (i.e., on-line registration and forms that must be submitted to the school site).  The placement letter must be submitted, along with proof of completion of the new student online registration, in order to complete registration at the assigned  school.


 Students whose Intent to Register in Transitional Kindergarten forms are received after February 16, 2017, will be placed in a TK class on a first-come/first served basis, based  on availability; and, after the initial assignments have been completed.


    5.     According to CUSD Board Policy (BP 6170.1(a)): Upon request of a child’s parents/guardians, the District may admit into the TK program a child whose fifth birthday is on or before September 1 and who is therefore eligible for kindergarten.  Requests may be made by parents/guardians by submitting an Intent to Register in Transitional Kindergarten form.  Requests will be considered only after TK numbers are

confirmed for the coming school year.  Parents/guardians will be notified when an  opening occurs and placement is possible.  Consideration will be given to requests  provided:

  • Sufficient openings exist for TK eligible students to enroll during the school year.
  • The Superintendent or designee determines that it is in the child’s best interest along with assessment data that supports this decision.
  • If the child has a current IEP, before enrollment is confirmed an IEP meeting will need to be held to discuss placement options and recommendations for TK.
  • A child’s fifth birthday is on or after June 1; priority will be given to the child whose birthday is closest to September 1.
  • The parents/guardians of a Kindergarten eligible child who is enrolled in TK must agree to sign a Kindergarten Continuance Form upon entrance to TK verifying that they agree to have the child continue in Kindergarten the following year.


    Parents/guardians of children whose fifth birthday is between June 1 and September 1 may submit an Intent to Register in Transitional Kindergarten form starting on January 10, 2017.  Forms will be held until April 21, 2017 after the initial TK placement has been  completed for those children whose fifth birthday is between September 2 and December 2.  Parents of children whose fifth birthday is closest to September 1 will be notified on April 28, 2017 to schedule an appointment to determine eligibility.  Once eligibility is confirmed and assessments are reviewed, parents will receive a placement letter for the TK program.  Registration must then be completed by May 19, 2017.


    The District will not admit into the TK program a child whose fifth birthday is after December 2; but, recommends enrollment in the District’s Early Childhood Preschool  Programs.


    For more information on the Transitional Kindergarten Program and/or the registration process, please contact Mary Manos at (949) 234-5342 or

Intent to Register -TK Eng 2017-2018.pdf

Intent to Register in TK SPA - 2017-2018.pdf

Intent to Register -TK Eng 2017-2018 - June - Sept Birthdays.pdf

Intent to Register in TK SPA - 2017-2018 June-September.pdf

2017-2018 TK Parent Information Nights

For information on the 2017-2018 Transitional Kindergarten (TK) program, please plan to attend one of the following Parent Information Nights.  Registration procedures as well as the TK curriculum will be discussed. All meetings will be held from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

  • January 10:  Wood Canyon Elementary, Aliso Viejo
  • January 19:  Ladera Ranch Elementary, Ladera Ranch
  • January 26:  Marblehead Elementary, San Clemente
  • February 7:  CUSD Offices, San Juan Capistrano

2017-2018 Transitional Kindergarten Locations

  • Don Juan Avila Elementary – Aliso Viejo

  • Bathgate Elementary – Mission Viejo

  • Truman Benedict Elementary – San Clemente

  • Chaparral Elementary – Ladera Ranch

  • Kinoshita Elementary – San Juan Capistrano

  • Ladera Ranch Elementary – Ladera Ranch

  • Las Flores Elementary – Rancho Santa Margarita

  • Marblehead Elementary – San Clemente

  • Moulton Elementary – Laguna Niguel

  • Philip Reilly Elementary – Mission Viejo

  • Tijeras Creek Elementary – Rancho Santa Margarita

  • George White Elementary – Laguna Niguel

  • Wood Canyon Elementary – Aliso Viejo

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The Capistrano Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in all district activities, programs, and employment based upon actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, sex, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Reference: AR 1312.3, BP 1312.3 and BP 5183.

Rich Montgomery, Executive Director, Human Resource Services/Compliance
33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 234-9200

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