Apply for Transitional Kindergarten (TK)!

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What is transitional kindergarten?

Transitional kindergarten (TK) 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 2023-2024 school year, then they will need to reapply the following year in order to continue into kindergarten for the 2024-2025 school year.

Transitional kindergarten is expanding!

Starting with the 2022-23 school year, all school districts in California, including SFUSD, were required by state law to expand their transitional kindergarten (TK) classrooms until all 4 year olds are eligible for TK by 2025-26. SFUSD will phase in this expansion in alignment with state law. Please see the below chart for the eligibility by school year:

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2022-23 School Year

2023-24 School Year

2024-25 School Year    

2025-26 School Year

TK eligibility:

Student turns 5 between 9/2- 2/2

TK eligibility:

Student turns 5 between 9/2-4/2

TK eligibility:

Student turns 5 between 9/2-6/2

TK eligibility:

Student turns 5 between 9/2-9/1

Students born Sept. 2, 2018 through Apr. 2, 2019 can now apply for TK for the 2023-24 school year.

Is transitional kindergarten mandatory?

No, even if a child is TK eligible, parents have a choice of whether they want to enroll their child in TK or preschool. 

How do I apply?

The application and enrollment process for transitional kindergarten is the same as for kindergarten. Families who are interested in transitional kindergarten should complete a General TK-12 Enrollment Application form. Submit the form and supporting documents to the Educational Placement Center.

For the school year 2023-24, the deadline to submit is February 3, 2023.

Application forms and instructions can be found at or at 555 Franklin Street, Room 100; San Francisco, CA 94102.

Which schools have transitional kindergarten?

For the 2023-24 school year, transitional kindergarten will be offered at the following SFUSD Early Education Schools (EES) and Elementary Schools (ES): 

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Families interested in visiting transitional kindergarten classrooms should contact the sites directly to schedule an in-person tour

Who can I contact for more questions? 

Please contact the SFUSD Educational Placement Center at (415) 241-6085 or the Early Education Department at (415) 379-2700 with any additional questions.

You can also refer to our new transitional kindergarten webpage with more frequently asked questions about TK at

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