Transitional Kindergarten (TK)

  • What is Transitional Kindergarten?
    >>     The Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010 changed the Kindergarten and First Grade entrance date beginning in the 2012-2013 school year.
    >>     TK is the first of a two-year kindergarten program that uses a modified kindergarten curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate.
    >>     Our SMMUSD TK standards represent a blend of Preschool Learning Foundations and the California Kindergarten Common Core Standards.

    Birthdate Enrollment Guidelines and SMMUSD Kindergarten Start Dates 

    Is There a TK classroom at every SMMUSD elementary school?
    >>     Current locations include:


    If needed, additional TK classrooms will be added based on enrollment.

    How are the TK classes staffed?
    >>     TK classrooms are taught by a certificated classroom teacher.
    >>     TK teachers participate in SMMUSD professional learning opportunities alongside Kindergarten teachers.
    >>     Instructional assistant time is allocated based on student enrollment.

    How do I enroll my child?
    >>     Pick up an enrollment packet at your home school
    >>     Families are contacted by the school site once the TK classrooms/sites are confirmed.
    >>     Students in the TK program are pre-enrolled in their home school for the following year (kindergarten).  Families contact their home school of residence to update information, provide proof of residence and provide proof of medical and dental examinations.

    For More Information…
    >>     Refer to the California Department of Education Website:
    >>     SMMUSD Educational Services Department: For TK Curriculum and Instruction questions, please contact: Dr. Susan Samarge-Powell at (310) 399-5865 or at
    >>     SMMUSD Student Services Department: For Enrollment questions, please contact: Mrs. Tara Brown at or (310) 450-8338 ext. 70217