Applying to Transitional Kindergarten (TK)

What is Transitional Kindergarten (TK)?

Transitional kindergarten (TK) bridges the pre-kindergarten and kindergarten years. It is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program that has been implemented in California for children who are not old enough yet for kindergarten, but want to build their social, developmental and academic skills.

TK classrooms are taught by a multiple-subject credentialed teacher and the TK curriculum is based on the California Preschool Learning Foundations and the Kindergarten Common Core Standards. TK is offered at select SFUSD Early Education Schools and elementary schools. 

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. 

Who is eligible for Transitional Kindergarten (TK)?

According to a new state law, more children will be eligible for TK in the 2023-2024 school year. 

For the 2023-24 school year, TK is for students who will be turning age 5 between September 2, 2023 and April 2, 2024. (California law requires that children be age 5 on or before September 1 of the school year to be eligible for kindergarten, and age 6 on or before September 1 of the school year to be eligible for first-grade.) See the age chart below.

Students who complete TK will be required to apply for kindergarten the following year and will receive a tiebreaker preference if they choose to continue in their existing elementary school AND live in the attendance area.

For the 2023-24 School year, if your child will be...

Age: On or before: Apply for:
3 December 2, 2023 Prekindergarten
4 December 2, 2023 Prekindergarten
5 Between September 2, 2023 and April 2, 2024 Transitional kindergarten
5 September 1, 2023 Kindergarten
6 September 1, 2023 First grade

The eligibility for TK will expand every year for the next 4 years until all 4-year-olds are eligible in 2025-2026. To learn more, read about the new state law

Which SFUSD schools are offering TK? 

TK is offered at select SFUSD Early Education Schools and elementary schools. For the 2023-2024 school year, SFUSD is adding 12 new TK sites. 

View the full list of schools offering TK for the 2023-2024 school year:

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If you are interested in learning about specific schools, you can find school information, including school videos, at the Discover SFUSD Schools page

How to apply?

Applying for TK is similar to the application and enrollment process for elementary school grades.

For the 2023-2024 school year, families should complete the application form and submit it to the Educational Placement Center (EPC). 


For more information on TK including eligibility for upcoming school years, tiebreakers, and a list of frequently asked questions, view our TK expansion page

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

This page was last updated on May 10, 2023