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Apply for Transitional Kindergarten

In accordance with the Kindergarten Readiness Act, in the 2014-15 school year, children who turn 5 years old on or before September 1st will be admitted into Kindergarten. Children who turn 5 years old on September 2nd through December 2nd in 2014 are age-eligible for an extra year of public school, Transitional Kindergarten (TK).

Transitional Kindergarten bridges the preschool and Kindergarten years.  Taught by a multiple-subject credentialed teacher, TK is part of a two-year Kindergarten program that offers a modified curriculum which is based on the CA Preschool Learning Foundations and the Kindergarten Common Core Standards. This grade level provides children time to build necessary social, developmental, and academic skills for Kindergarten success and beyond.

At the time of application, eligible students will be placed in Transitional Kindergarten for the 2014-2015 school year then continue into Kindergarten for the 2015-2016 school year.


Transitional Kindergarten is offered at the following SFUSD Early Education Schools (EES) and Elementary Schools (ES). Please note that Ulloa ES is only offering a TK Cantonese Biliteracy Program.  Families interested in visiting Transitional Kindergarten classrooms should contact the sites directly to schedule a tour.

Transitional Kindergarten Sites for the 2014-15 School Year:

  • Alvarado ES, 625 Douglass Street, S.F., CA, 94114 (Noe Valley), (415) 695-5695
  • Argonne EES, 750 – 16th Avenue, S.F., CA. 94118 (Richmond District), (415) 750-8617
  • Commodore Stockton EES, 1 Trenton Street, S.F., CA. 94108 (Chinatown), (415) 291-7932
  • Dr. Charles R. Drew ES, 50 Pomona Street, S.F., CA. 94124 (Bayview), (415) 330-1526
  • John McLaren EES, 2055 Sunnydale Avenue, S.F., CA. 94134 (Visitacion Valley), (415) 469-4519
  • Junipero Serra Annex EES, 155 Appleton Street, S.F., CA. 94110 (Outer Mission/Bernal Heights), (415) 920-5138
  • Leola M. Havard EES, 1520 Oakdale Avenue, S.F., CA. 94124 (Bayview/Hunters Point), (415) 695-5660
  • Leonard L. Flynn ES, 3125 Cesar Chavez St., S.F. CA. 94110 (Bernal Heights), (415) 695-5770
  • Noriega EES, 1775-44th Avenue, S.F., CA. 94122 (Outer Sunset), (415) 759-2853
  • Presidio EES, 387 Moraga Avenue, S.F., CA. 94129 (Presidio National Park), (415) 561-5822
  • Redding ES, 1421 Pine Street, S.F., CA 94109 (Nob Hill), (415) 749-3525
  • Tule Elk Park EES, 2110 Greenwich Street, S.F., CA. 94123 (Marina/Cow Hallow), (415) 749-3551
  • Ulloa ES, 2650 - 42nd Avenue, S.F., CA. 94116 (Parkside), (415) 759-2841
  • Zaida T. Rodriguez EES, 421 Bartlett Avenue, S.F., CA.  94110 (Mission District), (415) 695-5844


We are pleased to announce that Alvarado Elementary School will be adding a Transitional Kindergarten (TK) class to begin in August for the 2014-15 school year.  Alvarado is located at 625 Douglass Street.

If your child is eligible for the TK program, you may submit a waiting pool request for a possible assignment to the school by July 25.

If you have already received a TK assignment or have already submitted a waiting pool form, you may still have the opportunity to change your waiting pool request, which will replace your previous form by July 25.

You may come and talk to a placement counselor at the Educational Placement Center at 555 Franklin Street for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions:

I am enrolled in another TK program but would like to apply for Alvarado.  Can I do so without risking my present assignment?

Yes, you may submit a waiting pool request listing Alvarado TK.  You will keep your present assignment until you receive the Alvarado assignment.  At that point you will no longer have your present assignment.  If you do not receive an assignment to Alvarado, you will maintain your present assignment.

I applied for TK but did not get the school I wanted in Round 1, 2 or 3 so I did not register or enroll anywhere.  Can I still apply for Alvarado TK?

Yes, you simply need to submit a waiting pool request by July 25.

I already submitted a waiting pool request for another school.  Can I change my request now?

Yes, you will need to come to the Educational Placement Center to change your waiting pool request by July 25.

When will I be notified if I get an assignment to Alvarado TK?

Notification will be mailed on August 8.  You will only receive notification if you are able to receive a waiting pool assignment to Alvarado TK or any other requested school.  However, your waiting pool request will continue to be active until you receive an assignment to the requested school or until the enrollment process concludes after September 5.

Will enrolling in the Alvarado TK program mean that I have an automatic assignment to Alvarado Elementary School for my child when he/she is eligible for Kindergarten?

No, all students who want to enroll into Kindergarten must apply through the enrollment process for the 2015-16 school year.  You may choose to list Alvarado on your list of choices as well as any other schools or programs.

Will enrolling in the Alvarado TK mean that I will have a preference to the school for Kindergarten?

If you attend the Alvarado TK and also live in the attendance area for Alvarado, you will receive an attendance area/TK tie-breaker for the General Education program at Alvarado, if that program is listed as one of your choices, and as seats are available.

How about for the Spanish Dual Language Immersion program?

Since the Immersion program is a city-wide program, any TK students who apply for Alvarado Immersion for K will receive a pre-K/TK tie-breaker in the appropriate language cohort (Spanish proficient or non-Spanish proficient) as seats are available.

I have an older sibling who presently attends Alvarado.  Will my younger child receive a preference for the TK program?

Yes, however, you must indicate on your waiting pool request that there is an older sibling attending the school.  Siblings are defined as having the same parent/guardian and who live at the same address.

2014-15 Transitional Kindergarten Frequently Asked Questions


The application and enrollment process for Transitional Kindergarten parallels the application and enrollment process for elementary schools as described in the “Apply” and “Enroll” sections of this guide. Please see the policy section for a description of the TK assignment process.  Parents who are interested in Transitional Kindergarten should complete a regular Enrollment Application form. Submit the form and supporting documents to the Educational Placement Center located at 555 Franklin Street, Room 100; San Francisco, CA. 94102.


Students who are eligible and are requesting Transitional Kindergarten will be assigned to their highest ranked request as long as there is space at the school. If there are more students applying than there are openings at a school, choice assignments will be made by looking to all the possible combinations of tie-breakers in the following hierarchical order:

Presently enrolled in a SFUSD Early Education School offering TK
Students who have been enrolled in a pre-K program in the 2013-14 school year where TK will be offered in 2014-15 will receive this tiebreaker for their current school.
Has a younger/older sibling enrolled in a SFUSD Pre-K/K-5 program and are requesting placement at the same site
In an effort to support families with siblings, the TK student will have a tiebreaker for the site where a younger/older sibling is already attending a pre-K/K-5 program. Siblings are defined as students with the same parent/guardian and living at the same address.
Test score areas
Students who live in areas of the city with the lowest average test scores.
No tie-breakers
Students who do not have a tie-breaker.

If these tie-breakers do not resolve ties, then ties will be resolved by random lottery.

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