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Transitional Kindergarten

Registration Information:

Registration Information:

Please join us for our TK/K Roundup on January 23, 2024 at 1:30 pm in our MPR and learn about our TK and kindergarten programs and how to register your child. TK students must turn five by 6/2/25. Questions? Please contact Virginia at
Online registration begins 1/29/24 for the 24-25 school year at
Enrollment procedures:
  1. Complete an online registration starting 1/29/24, using the 24-25 school year option
  2. Contact Virginia at or 949-234-5950 starting 1/29/24 to make an appointment to register your child. 
  3. Bring the following documents to your registration appointment:
  • birth certificate
  • vaccination record (must have all 5-year-old immunizations by 8/20/24) vaccinationsrequired.pdf
  • parent photo ID
  • current utility bill
  • mortgage/lease/deed
General Information:

General Information:

Capistrano Unified School District began offering the Transitional Kindergarten (TK) program in the fall of 2012, as an outcome of the SB1381 legislation or the Kindergarten Readiness Act 2010. Transitional Kindergarten is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program. Currently, Transitional Kindergarten is offered at Vista del Mar and will be offered again in the 2023-2024 school year.
The age requirement for Transitional Kindergarten for the 2023-2024 school year is children who must turn 5 years of age between September 2, 2023 and April 2, 2024.
Children who turn 5 years old between June 1st and September 1st may apply for TK. According to current CUSD Board Policy (BP 6170.1(a)): Upon the request of a student's parents/guardians, the District may admit into the TK program a child whose fifth birthday is between June 1st and September 1st. Requests may be made by parents/guardians by submitting an Intent to Register in Transitional Kindergarten form. Requests will be considered only after TK numbers are confirmed for the coming school year.
Currently, the District will not admit a child whose fifth birthday falls after the TK-eligible window; for children who turns 5 years old after the TK eligibility window, enrollment in one of the Early Childhood Programs' preschool classes is currently recommended.
Universal Transitional Kindergarten (UTK)
What is UTK?
In July 2021, Governor Newson signed AB 131, which adopts Universal TK by 2025-26. The following depicts a breakdown of the requirements for Districts to implement. The phase-in model begins in the 2022-23 school year with following age eligibility for children enrolling in Transitional Kindergarten:
2022-23: 5th birthday between September 2 - February 2
2023-24: 5th birthday between September 2 – April 2
2024-25: 5th birthday between September 2 – June 2
2025-26: 4th birthday by September 1st (UTK in place)
Required Average Ratio:
1 adult: 12 students
Class Sizes for TK:
Transitional Kindergarten class enrollment should not be more than 24 students for each TK classroom, 12 students per session.