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Transitional Kindergarten FAQ

Locations Serving Novato, San Francisco & Marin CA

What is transitional kindergarten?

Transitional kindergarten is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program. With two years of kindergarten, children are more prepared to move forward in their learning skills. This gives them greater confidence, knowledge, and ability to take on their next level of schooling.


What age does my child have to be in order to enroll in transitional kindergarten?

According to the California Department of Education, a child must have his/her fifth birthday between September 2 and December 2 to be admitted to a transitional kindergarten program.


How does transitional kindergarten differ from other preschool programs in San Francisco?

A transitional kindergarten program is a part of the K-12 California school system, and the teacher must be certified with the required credentials. Other early childhood education programs are not required to be taught by teachers that meet these standards. Our teachers meet all certifications under the California Preschool Learning Foundations requirements.


How many days a week is the transitional kindergarten program?

Our kindergarten program mimics a five day school week that ensures students are prepared for the next grade.


What is the teacher-student ratio in a transitional kindergarten class?

This is decided upon in local districts. Although, transitional kindergarten must withhold the same standards as regular kindergarten, which is 33 students maximum and a 31 student average maximum. 

Learn more about our preschool programs today.

Regular school hours are Monday - Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Schedule an appointment with the teachers at Alpha Kids Academy today to learn more about our transitional kindergarten, preschool, and early childhood education programs. A one-on-one appointment is the best way to learn if Alpha Kids Academy is the best school for your family. We have three locations, on Junipero Serra Blvd. and on Stonecrest Drive. in San Francisco, and one on San Marin Drive in Novato. 
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