Transitional Kindergarten, often referred to as TK, is an exciting educational opportunity for children who turn five on or after May 1, and as a result, may not be socially or developmentally ready to enter a traditional Kindergarten classroom. It is the first phase of a two-year Kindergarten program. Transitional Kindergarten acts as a bridge between preschool and Kindergarten and is designed to provide our youngest learners with the pivotal skills and experiences needed for success in Kindergarten.
Transitional Kindergarten F.A.Q.
What are the benefits of Transitional Kindergarten
Transitional Kindergarten offers an additional year of school to our younger students. It provides opportunities to learn in an academically challenging and enriching environment. Children who attend Transitional Kindergarten are more likely to acquire the academic skills, confidence and maturity they need to succeed in school.
What does the research say about Transitional Kindergarten?
Research is clear that high-quality education for young learners is vitally important in assuring school success and plays a key role in closing the present achievement gap among groups of students. According to a study conducted by the RAND Corporation in 2007, the readiness gap mirrors the achievement gap of students in the primary grades. The RAND report demonstrates “that there are sizable gaps in the extent to which children in California enter school ready to learn, gaps that persist when student performance is measured in Kindergarten through the third grade (Cannon & Karoly, 2007, p. 59).
Data synthesized by long-term preschool studies found that children who participated in high-quality early childhood programs tended to have higher scores on math and reading achievement tests, greater language abilities, and fewer grade retentions. These data show that there was less need for special education intervention, remedial support, and there were lower dropout rates (Lynch, 2005).
Entering Kindergarten at an older age is an important early predictor for student success. Some studies indicate that students who are older when they enter Kindergarten demonstrate a significant boost in academic achievement, self-confidence, and healthful attitudes about school and learning (RAND, 2007)
If my child attends Transitional Kindergarten, is he/she being held back?
No, Transitional Kindergarten is not a remedial program. It is designed as the first year of a two-year Kindergarten program.
What are the eligibility requirements for Transitional Kindergarten?
Students must be 5 years of age to be eligible for Transitional Kindergarten. Consultation with the elementary school principal will ensure that the program will be a good fit for each student.
Is Transitional Kindergarten mandatory?
Transitional Kindergarten is not mandatory in the state of Texas. HCA however is offering TK as a service to our families with 5 year old students who are not ready to enter the traditional Kindergarten classroom.
What is the tuition cost for Transitional Kindergarten?
Transitional Kindergarten tuition $7,904, $375 Curriculum Fee, and $115 Activity Fee for the 2018-2019 school year.
How is Transitional Kindergarten different from preschool?
The standards and learning opportunities for Transitional Kindergarten are different than those in preschool (PreK-3, PreK-4). Classes are taught by fully credentialed teachers who build on the skills children may have learned in preschool and serves as the first of a two-year Kindergarten program, and participation in a PreK-3 or PreK-4 class is not a prerequisite.
How is Transitional Kindergarten different from Kindergarten?
The learning opportunities in Transitional Kindergarten are designed to meet the needs of younger 5 year old students. Transitional Kindergarten includes an emphasis on oral language development, literacy immersion, number sense, and it provides collaborative experiences that promote cooperation, self-confidence, self-regulation and healthy attitudes about school and learning.
Are there academic standards for Transitional Kindergarten?
The Texas Essential knowledge and Skills (TEKS) provide end-of-year standards for Kindergarten. HCA uses these standards to design end-of-year expectations for Transitional Kindergarten that are appropriately modified to reflect the first of a two-year Kindergarten program.
What is the curriculum for Transitional Kindergarten?
While no state curriculum is mandated, HCA provides learning opportunities and resources that progress in a logical sequence to ensure a student’s readiness for our traditional Kindergarten class.
Do students in a Transitional Kindergarten program receive a report card?
Transitional Kindergarten students receive a report card two times a year, however, communication between teachers and parents is ongoing.
Can students who are age-eligible for Kindergarten attend Transitional Kindergarten?
Parents of Kindergarten age-eligible students, in consultation with our elementary school principal, may request enrollment in a Transitional Kindergarten program. Parents must sign a Kindergarten Continuance Form verifying their understanding that they are enrolling their child in a two-year Kindergarten program.
Can students enroll in 1st Grade upon completion of Transitional Kindergarten?
Transitional Kindergarten is the first year of a two-year Kindergarten program. A student who participates in Transitional Kindergarten is expected to complete the second year of the program in Kindergarten before attending first grade.
Can students be retained in Transitional Kindergarten?
Students will not be retained in Transitional Kindergarten.
What is the class size of a Transitional Kindergarten classroom?
Transitional Kindergarten mirrors the class size of our Kindergarten classrooms, and can range from 10-16 students.
Are there childcare/extended day opportunities for children attending Transitional Kindergarten?
Yes. Fee-based before and after school care is available for all early childhood and elementary students.
How do I enroll my child in a Transitional Kindergarten program?
When you are ready to start the application process for the 2018-2019 school year, please go to our Enrollment Portal and follow the instructions listed under Create an Online Application. If for any reason you are having trouble with any of the steps, then please contact HCA's school office at 972-772-3003.
Are students in Transitional Kindergarten required to meet Kindergarten immunization requirements?
All children are required to provide proof of immunizations before admission to Transitional Kindergarten.