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Transitional Kindergarten Introduction

Transitional Kindergarten



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


1.   Submit the 2017-2018 Intent to Register in Transitional Kindergarten form to the Early Childhood Programs office (by email to  You may access the Intent to  Register form below.


2.   A placement letter will be provided after the Intent to Register form is received.  The letter includes 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.


The District will not admit into the TK program a child whose fifth birthday is after December 2; but, recommends enrollment in one of the District’s Early Childhood Preschool Programs.  Please call the Early Childhood Programs office at 949-234-5341 for more information.


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



2017-2018 TK Locations:

  • Don Juan Avila Elementary – Aliso Viejo

  • Bathgate Elementary – Mission Viejo

  • Truman Benedict Elementary – San Clemente

  • Chaparral Elementary – Ladera Ranch

  • Hidden Hills Elementary - Laguna Niguel

  • 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
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(949) 234-9200

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