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Transitional Kinder & Kinder Open Houses

We are excited at the possibility of having your child begin their educational journey here at Franklin-McKinley School District. It is never too early to begin thinking about your child's future. Franklin-McKinley offers excellent educational opportunities for children. The following is a list of dates and times where our community is welcome to attend and learn about the Transitional Kinder and Kinder experience in Franklin-McKinley Schools. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Parents who commit on the spot will receive a free backpack with school supplies for their child. We hope to see you there!

School Date Time
Dahl Elementary February 8, 2017 6:00-7:30pm
Franklin Elementary February 9, 2017 5:00-6:00pm
Hellyer Elementary February 4, 2017 11:00-3:00pm
Kennedy Elementary February 9, 2017 8:00-9:30am
Los Arboles Elementary February 15, 2017 5:30-7:00pm
McKinley Elementary February 16, 2017 1:30-3:00pm
Meadows Elementary February 7, 2017 5:00-6:00pm
Ramblewood Elementary February 8, 2017 1:30-3:00pm
Santee Elementary February 3, 2017 1:00-2:00pm
Shirakawa Elementary January 26, 2017 5:30-7:00pm
Stonegate Elementary February 7, 2017 5:00-6:00pm
Windmill Springs School February 15, 2017 5:30-6:30pm

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Transitional Kindergarten?

Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is the first of a two-year Kindergarten experience for children turning 5 years old between September 2, 2016 and January 31, 2017. TK gives our youngest Kindergarten students a head start in instruction and provides them with an opportunity to learn and grow in an environment tailored to meet their academic and social needs.

How do I enroll my child into Transitional Kindergarten?

In order to enroll your child into Transitional Kindergarten, you will need to identify which school your address belongs to using the school locator and then visit the School Secretary/Child, Welfare and Attendance Office in person to begin the process. Enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year begins February 1, 2017.

Families are also welcome to attend the 2017 Early Learning Expo on March 11, 2017 to register for Transitional Kindergarten or any other grade level. The event takes place at Educare California at Silicon Valley (1399 Santee Drive, San Jose, CA) from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Free immunizations and medical screenings will also be available for children ages 0 to 5.

What is the cut off date for Kindergarten?

California law indicates that children must turn 5 years old on or before September 1st in order to enroll in Kindergarten.

How is Transitional Kindergarten different from Kindergarten?

Students in Transitional Kindergarten receive an additional year to develop their early academics and social skills. TK builds the foundation to be successful in Kindergarten.

What are the benefits of Transitional Kindergarten?

Transitional Kindergarten benefits include ensuring our youngest learners build skills and experiences they need to be successful in kindergarten while giving them an opportunity to learn academically through meaningful play. It also gives students higher self-confidence, better relationships with other children and adults, and are more likely to attend college.

What is the cost for Transitional Kindergarten?

TK is FREE for all eligible California children.

For more information or questions, please contact the Child, Welfare & Attendance Office at (408) 283-6092.