“Transitional Kindergarten” is a developmentally-scaled program that is designed to serve as a bridge between preschool and kindergarten. Sometimes referred to as “Junior Kindergarten,” its aim is to provide students with the time and learning environment necessary to develop the skills needed for a successful entry into kindergarten.

This program is for students age four to five years old.  All applicants will be assessed to determine readiness.

Basic Information:

  1. Curriculum – The Investigators – This is a program aligned with the California Curriculum recommendations and helps provide a framework for early childhood education.
    • Play-based learning environment with investigation and discovery as key elements of learning
    • Emphasis on literacy (Reading and Language Development), Writing, Mathematics, and Choice Centers (Art, Dramatic Play, Blocks, etc.)
    • Special subjects will include: Music, Art, PE, and Movement
  2. Certified teacher and full-time aide in the classroom.
  3. Hours
    • Full Day, M – TH, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m./F 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Benefits of Transitional Kindergarten

  1. Specifically designed for children who need time to develop socially, emotionally, physically, and/or intellectually prior to Kindergarten.
  2. Acts as a bridge between a flexible, pre-kindergarten environment and the more structured academic setting of kindergarten.
  3. Serves as an introduction to the California Kindergarten Standards, including developmentally appropriate elements of instruction in literacy and numeracy.
Please contact the Academy for more information:
(858) 459-6074