Transitional Kindergarten Kicks Off Next Week

08.24.2012 | Arcadia Patch | Kristen Lepore

With back-to-school season in full swing, more than 2,000 transitional kindergarten (TK) classes are opening their doors across the state, marking the historic launch of the first new grade introduced since 1891.

At Arcadia Unified School District, transitional Kindergarten will start Wednesday with 24 students at Highland Oaks Elementary. It will serve children born between Nov. 1, 1997 and Dec. 1, 1997.

Approximately 40,000 students statewide are expected to use the voluntary program—a new grade serving younger students with fall birthdays—according to Preschool California.

Transitional kindergarten was established by the 2010 California state law that changed the kindergarten entry date so that children enter at age 5. It requires school districts to provide the program to children whose admission to kindergarten would be delayed.

“The first year of a two-year kindergarten program [will use] a modified kindergarten curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate,” according to the California Department of Education.

Transitional kindergarten will be offered at no immediate additional cost to the state, because funding that would have been used to support young 5-year-olds in kindergarten will be redirected to support those same children now in TK, says Preschool California.

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