Transitional Kindergarten

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 starting with the 2022-2023 school year. 

For the 2022-23 school year, TK is for students who will be turning age 5 between September 2, 2022 and February 2, 2023. (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 2022-23 School year, if your child will be...

Age: On or before: Apply for:
3 December 2, 2022 Prekindergarten
4 December 2, 2022 Prekindergarten
5 Between September 2, 2022 and February 2, 2023 Transitional kindergarten
5 September 1, 2022 Kindergarten
6 September 1, 2022 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 2022-2023 school year, SFUSD is adding 11 new TK sites, including 5 new sites added due to a surge in TK applications: Frank McCoppin Elementary School, Dianne Feinstein Elementary School, Hillcrest Elementary School, Lafayette Elementary School, and more recently, Francis Scott Key Elementary School. 

View the full list of schools offering TK for the 2022-2023 school year

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?

For the 2022-2023 school year, families can apply under the Current Year Enrollment process. Learn more about Current Year Enrollment


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 September 15, 2022