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Transitional Kindergarten

The Transitional Kindergarten Program (TK) offered by Rocklin Unified School District focuses on the social and developmental skills required for the academic demands of the regular Kindergarten program.  The child-centered TK program includes activities and experiences which will encourage each child to:
  • learn foundational academic skills
  • develop social, emotional, physical, and academic skills
  • expand their knowledge of the world around them
  • learn to recognize and handle their feelings appropriately
  • develop positive and satisfying relationships
  • learn through play
The Rocklin Unified School District TK program will prepare your child for the academic and social expectations of the formal school experience in a developmentally and age appropriate setting.  We are pleased to offer this high quality experience for our youngest learners.

Why place my child in TK?

Both research and experience show that children do well when placed in an appropriate program matched to their developmental stages.  Placing children in a program before they are ready may damage their self esteem and overall feeling about learning.  Giving children the foundational skills to support academic skills allows children to view their school experience as a positive one.

What are the advantages of Transitional Kindergarten?

Transitional Kindergarten bridges the path between preschool and kindergarten and gives students a head start that will yield huge benefits in future academic success.  TK provides the gift of time that will help students build a strong foundation for success in elementary school.
TK is a win-win-win for children, families and schools.
  • Children are better prepared to succeed.
  • Families have an additional option to ensure their children enter kindergarten with the maturity, confidence and skills they need to excel.
  • Schools benefit because children will be better prepared to succeed academically upon entering kindergarten.
  • TK will prepare students for success with California's rigorous academic standards.

Is my child eligible for Transitional Kindergarten for the 2023-2024 school year?

Children born between September 2, 2018 and  April 2, 2019 can attend the TK program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What school will my child attend after completing a year of Transitional Kindergarten?
Your child will return to the regular kindergarten program at your home school.  To determine your home school, click here.
When does the TK program start?
The TK program follows the same calendar as the other grade levels in Rocklin Unified School District.  View the 2023-24 school calendar on the RUSD website (
When does registration for TK begin?
Online registration is open all year.  Online registration for the 2023-24 school year began in January 2023 through the online registration process available on the RUSD website (    
How many classes of TK will be offered for the 2023-2024 school year?
The number of classes is determined based on enrollment.
Additional Information

Additional Information

If you have additional questions, please contact your child's elementary school or Donna Holmes at the District Office (916-630-3187).
Further information can be found at the California Department of Education Transitional Kindergarten website by clicking here.  
Further information about Kindergarten can by found by clicking here.