• TK


    Transitional Kindergarten is available at Bishop, Cherry Chase, Ellis, Lakewood, San Miguel, and Vargas. 

    What is Transitional Kindergarten?

    Transitional Kindergarten is the first of a two-year kindergarten program. TK offers a developmentally appropriate curriculum that is just right for the younger learner.

    In response to the passage of The Kindergarten Readiness Act (Senate Bill 1381), the Sunnyvale School District may enroll their child for TK as follows:

    • For the 2022-23 school year, children whose 5th birthday is between September 2, 2017 and February 2, 2018
    • For the 2023-24 school year, children whose 5th birthday is between September 2, 2018 and April 2, 2019
    • For the 2024-25 school year, children whose 5th birthday is between September 2, 2019 and June 2, 2020
    • For the 2025-26 school year, and in each school year thereafter, children who turn four by September 1, 2021

    Sunnyvale School District Program Design 

    TK will be offered to all eligible students in the district.

    •    Full day program (Half days during the first 6 weeks of school)
    •    TK children may have meals, recess and all activities with their kindergarten peers
    •    Located at five elementary school sites to service north and south side families.  Parents provide their own transportation.
    •    Fully credentialed, experienced teachers

    Curriculum Design 

    •     Based on California Preschool Learning Foundation and California  Common Core Kindergarten Standards
    •     Developmental approach focused on the skills needed to be successful in kindergarten
    •     Literacy – pre-reading and writing skills
    •     Math – number sense and problem solving
    •     Physical development – large and fine motor skills
    •     Social/Emotional development in a supportive environment
    •     Oral language development

    Transitional Kindergarten (TK) in Sunnyvale 

    1.  TK is part of the public school system and is free to all eligible children.

    2.  TK gives young five-year-olds the opportunity to start their kindergarten experience with children their own age. 

    3.   Students will be assessed regularly, to monitor their academic, social emotional and oral language growth. 

    4.   After Transitional Kindergarten, students will be promoted to Kindergarten.

    Building Parent Partnerships 

    Communication between home and school is essential in helping students succeed.  Parents are encouraged to actively participate in their child’s learning journey at home and at school, volunteering in class. 

    Teachers are available to meet with parents on a regular basis to discuss their child’s progress and how parents can help support students at home.

    Frequently Asked Questions 

    Must children attend Transitional Kindergarten or kindergarten?

    School is mandatory once a child is six years old.  Therefore, parents and guardians are currently not required to enroll children in either transitional kindergarten or kindergarten.

    Will Transitional Kindergarten and kindergarten students be enrolled in the same classroom?

    TK students will be in a self-contained class to the extent possible. 

    Are Transitional Kindergarten students required to complete the entire two year program?

    TK students are provided the opportunity to receive a two-year kindergarten program. 

    Arrival times will be from 8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. for sites located at Lakewood, Bishop, and San Miguel and 8:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. for sites located at Cherry Chase, Ellis and Vargas.