Saddleback Valley Unified School District

Saddleback Mountains overlooking RSM Lake

Transitional Kindergarten (TK)

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  • Your online application will automatically be date and time stamped upon your submission.
  • There is no need to call the TK Hotline to confirm if it has been received.
  • See "2019-2020 TK Application" for application information for 2019-20 school year.

2019-2020 TK Application

Applications will be available online for the 2019-20 school year beginning February 15, 2019 at 8:00a.m for those children born September 2-December 2, 2014. A new application labeled "2019 TK Application-English & 2019 TK Application-Spanish" will be available at that time.

What is Transitional Kindergarten?

Senate Bill 1381 was recently passed in California to change the age at which children can begin Kindergarten. Under this new law, children must turn 5 years old on or before September 1 to enroll in Kindergarten.

Transitional Kindergarten:
  • Is part of the public school system so there is no charge
  • Taught by Credentialed Teachers specializing in Early Education
  • Is a voluntary program
  • Is offered at regional sites with transportation provided by parents
  • Is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program

Students will return to their school of residence for traditional kindergarten after their year in TK.

Entry Ages for Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Admission Ages

Transitional KindergartenKindergarten
5th birthday on or between Sept. 2 - Dec. 25th birthday on or before Sept. 1

TK Brochures - English and Spanish

  • The TK Brochure provides an overview of the SVUSD Transitional Kindergarten Program. Copies of this brochure are available in all of the elementary school offices.

TK Hotline

If you have questions after reading the TK Brochure, TK Application and TK FAQ page, please feel free to call the TK Hotline and leave a message. Your online application submission automatically saves once you press submit. We have received it at the time you clicked submit.

  • (949) 598-3727

TK Schools and Start/Stop Times

Cielo Vista Elementary
21811 Ave de las Fundadores
RSM 92688

  • Early Start: 8:00a-11:20a
  • Late Start: 9:40a-1:00p

Del Lago Elementary
27181 Entidad
Mission Viejo 92691

  • Early Start: 8:20a-11:40a
  • Late Start: 10:00a-1:20p

Glen Yermo Elementary
26400 Trabuco Road
Mission Viejo 92691

  • Early Start: 8:35a-11:55a
  • Late Start: 10:15a-1:35p

Lomarena Elementary
25100 Earhart Road, Laguna Hills 92653

  • Early Start: 8:00a-11:20a
  • Late Start: 9:40a-1:00p

Olivewood Elementary
23391 Dune Mear Road, Lake Forest 92630

  • Early Start: 8:15a-11:35a
  • Late Start: 9:55a-1:15p


Top 10 Questions About Transitional Kindergarten

Will transitional kindergarten be mandatory for children with birthdays between September and December?

Just like kindergarten, transitional kindergarten enrollment will be voluntary.

How is transitional kindergarten different from preschool?

The standards, curriculum and teaching requirements in transitional kindergarten will be different from preschool. Transitional kindergarten will be part of the K-12 public education system and it will be based on the kindergarten standards. It will build on the skills children may have learned in preschool to ensure they will be able to begin kindergarten with confidence.

How is transitional kindergarten different from traditional kindergarten?

Although the curriculum in transitional kindergarten will be based on the kindergarten standards, it will be modified to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of younger children. The transitional kindergarten environment will include more opportunities forsocial-emotional, language development and communication through dramatic play, small group instruction, and intentional teaching through hands-on activities.

Will transitional kindergarten provide support for children who do not speak English?

English learners in transitional kindergarten will have the same level of services as those in kindergarten.

Will transitional kindergarten be free or will I have to qualify based on income?

Transitional kindergarten will be free and open to all age-eligible children.

What kinds of qualifications will transitional kindergarten teachers have?

Transitional kindergarten teachers will be required to have a teaching credential, just like kindergarten teachers.

How old will transitional kindergarteners be when they begin 1st grade?

Transitional kindergarteners will typically be 6 years old when they start first grade and turn 7 years old during the first few months of the school year.

Will children in transitional kindergarten be 19 years old when they graduate from high school?

No, they will be 18 years old when they graduate and will turn 19 years old several month after graduation.

How will this affect children in special education?

Districts will be required to offer the same services to transitional kindergarteners with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) as they currently offer to children in kindergarten.

What grade will children go into after transitional kindergarten?

Transitional kindergarten is the first year of a two-year kindergarten experience. Children will go on to kindergarten at their school of residence after completing transitional kindergarten.

Transitional Kindergarten Office Contacts

Yvonne Estling, Director of Elementary Education
(949) 580-3238

Trish Shepherd, Secretary
(949) 580-3238