Transitional Kindergarten at RVC

Our Kindergarteners and TK students are encouraged to notice, wonder, and ask questions. At RVC, Kindie and TK students start their journey to becoming creators, inventors, and scientists.

Transitional Kindergartener learning handwork in their TK classroom

Transitional Kindergarten

RVC has a dedicated TK classroom to give our youngest students a strong foundation to begin Kindergarten. 

Transitional Kindergarten is a bridge between preschool and kindergarten for children who will turn 5 between September 2, 2023 and April 1, 2024. TK gives young learners a head start and the opportunity to learn and grow in an environment that is tailored to meet their academic and social needs. 

At Ross Valley Charter, Transitional Kindergarten fosters independence and nurtures curiosity in our youngest students by providing a supportive atmosphere of play, exploration, and creativity. Students form friendships, learn to collaborate, and take their first steps in academic learning. Centered around social and emotional learning (SEL) and mindfulness, we create a positive first classroom experience for children and focus on kindergarten readiness.

RVC TK Students participate in activities that help them learn how to share, take turns, follow instructions, and work independently. The classroom environment is warm and welcoming, with lots of cozy places to read, build, play, and learn.

The Transitional Kindergarten Schedule

The TK school day is from 8:30 to 1:45, the same schedule as our kindergarten classes. Our TK classroom follows an age- and developmentally-appropriate inquiry-based curriculum designed to prepare your child for a full day of learning and activities. 


No Need to Re-Apply

Students who enter RVC at the TK level are enrolled and do not need to re-apply for Kindergarten. 

Want to learn more about our TK program? Apply now or sign up for a tour.

Eligibility is being updated annually and is currently students turning 5 years old between September 2nd, 2023 and April 2nd, 2024.

Why Choose to Enroll in Transitional Kindergarten (TK)?

Our Transitional Kindergarten program focuses on social-emotional development and physical and motor development, as well as the academic skills needed to prepare your child for Kindergarten.

Transitional Kindergarten, or TK, creates a strong foundation for future academic by connecting the gap between preschool and kindergarten. The program combines the development of social and emotional skills with academic learning so that students build the fundamental pre-literacy, pre-math, and other cognitive skills as well as the social and self-regulation abilities required to thrive.

With TK, children have a stronger foundation for success in elementary school. TK also gives families the choice to prepare their kids for kindergarten with foundational learning skills, self-assurance, and socialization they need to succeed.

With a foundation of progressive student-driven learning, social-emotional development, academic rigor, and inspiring project-based education, Ross Valley Charter makes learning come alive for students. Our immersive, hands-on approach creates lifelong learners who act on their confidence, both inside and out of the classroom.


Learn About TK in California

To learn more about Transitional Kindergarten, please see the Department of Education's TK page: Transitional Kindergarten program offered by RVSDRV uses a whole-child approach to teach our young students critical intellectual, social, and emotional skills that prepare them for success in Kindergarten and beyond.

In the summer of 2021, Governor Newsom announced that Universal Transitional Kindergarten (UTK) would be implemented gradually starting in the fall of 2022 and fully starting in 2025.

Commonly Asked Questions (FAQs) about California state law pertaining to Transitional Kindergarten (TK) and Universal Prekindergarten (UPK).

Is My Child Old Enough for TK?

  • Children must turn five between September 2, 2023, and April 2, 2024 in order to be eligible to enroll in Transitional Kindergarten for the 2023–24 school year.
  • Children must turn five between September 2, 2024, and June 2, 2025 in order to be eligible for the 2024–2025 school year.