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Apply for Transitional Kindergarten


In accordance with the Kindergarten Readiness Act, in the 2017-2018 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 2017 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 2017-2018 school year then continue into Kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year.


Transitional Kindergarten is offered at the following SFUSD Early Education Schools (EES) and Elementary Schools (ES). Please note that R.L. Stevenson Elementary School offers TK Moderate/Severe special education services only. Families interested in visiting Transitional Kindergarten classrooms should contact the school sites directly to schedule a tour.


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 the guide. Please see the policy section for a description of the TK assignment process.  Parents who are interested in Transitional Kindergarten should complete a general SFUSD Enrollment Application form. Submit the form and supporting documents to: SFUSD’s Educational Placement Center, 555 Franklin Street, Room 100, San Francisco, CA 94102.

Transitional Kindergarten Sites for the 2017-18 School Year:




Alvarado Elementary School

 625 Douglas Street, S.F. CA. 94114 (Noe Valley)

(415) 695-5695 

7:50 AM - 1:50 PM 

Argonne Early Education School

750 – 16th Avenue, S.F., CA. 94118 (Richmond District)

(415) 750-8617 

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM 

Commodore Stockton Early Education School

1 Trenton Street, S.F., CA. 94108 (Chinatown)

(415) 291-7932 

8:15 AM - 2:15 PM 

Bessie Carmichael Elementary School

375 - 7th Street , San Francisco, CA. 94103 (SOMA)

(415) 615-8441 8:40 AM - 2:40 PM

Bret Harte Elementary School

1035 Gilman Avenue, S.F.,CA. 94124 (Bayview)

415-330-1520 8:25 AM - 2:40 PM

Dr. Charles R. Drew Elementary School

50 Pomona Street, S.F., CA. 94124 (Bayview)

(415) 330-1526 

7:50 AM - 1:50 PM 

Leonard R. Flynn Elementary School

3125 Cesar Chavez St, S.F., CA. 94110 (Mission District)

(415) 695-5770 

8:35 AM - 2:35 PM 

John McLaren Early Education School

2055 Sunnydale Avenue, S.F., CA. 94134 (Visitacion Valley)

(415) 469-4519 

8:30 AM - 2:30 PM 

Junipero Serra Annex Early Education School

155 Appleton Street, S.F., CA. 94110 (Outer Mission/Bernal Heights)

(415) 920-5138 

8:45 AM - 2:45 PM 

Noriega Early Education School

1775-44th Avenue, S.F., CA. 94122 (Outer Sunset)

(415) 759-2853 

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM 

Presidio Early Education School

387 Moraga Avenue, S.F., CA. 94129 (Presidio National Park)

(415) 561-5822 

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM 

R. L. Stevenson Elementary School (Special Education only)

2051 – 34th Avenue, S.F., CA. 94116 (Outer Sunset)

(415) 759-2837 

8:40 AM - 2:40 PM 

Redding Elementary School

1421 Pine Street, S.F., CA 94109 (Nob Hill)

(415) 749-3525 

8:25 AM - 2:30 PM 

Sheridan Elementary School

431 Capitol Avenue, S.F., CA 94112 (Ocean View)

(415) 4694743 7:50 AM - 1:50 PM

Tule Elk Park Early Education School

2110 Greenwich Street, S.F., CA. 94123 (Marina/Cow Hallow)

(415) 749-3551 

8:30 AM - 2:30 PM 

Zaida T. Rodriguez Early Education School

421 Bartlett Avenue, S.F., CA.  94110 (Mission District)

(415) 695-5844 

 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM 

Transitional Kindergarten Program Tie-Breakers

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 2016-17 school year where TK will be offered in 2017-18 will receive this tiebreaker for their current school.
Has a younger sibling enrolled in a SFUSD pre-K program or an older sibling enrolled at the elementary school 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 sibling is already attending a pre-K program. Siblings are defined as students with the same parent/guardian and living at the same address.
Test score area
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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