Transitional Kindergarten


The Transitional Kindergarten program will use developmentally appropriate curriculum designed to meet each child's individual social and emotional needs. It is an option for those students who turn  five between September 1, 2015 and December 1, 2015, as well as students who are of legal age for kindergarten whose parents believe their child is not ready socially or academically for an academic kindergarten program.

Durham School District's Transitional Kindergarten Program is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program designed to prepare young kindergartners for school success. It is designed specifically for children who have birth dates between September 2 and December 1, 2014.  Children of legal age for traditional kindergarten (who turn five by September 1, 2014), will be considered for the program if space allows.  This program provides students with a strong educational foundation by giving children a stimulating environment that fosters physical, social-emotional and intellectual development.  The Transitional Kindergarten curriculum, daily schedules, report cards, and art projects are different than those students will experience in the traditional Kindergarten Program.  Some students just require more time than others in order to be ready for Academic Kindergarten.

Transitional Kindergarten is designed to help children:
Build confidence and self-esteem
Develop small motor skills needed for writing
Foster large muscle skills needed for balance
Enhance skills such as sitting, listening, and following directions
Increase vocabulary enrichment and memory skills
Facilitate social interaction and learn problem solving skills

Transitional Kindergarten gives the gift of time to children who are smart and capable but need another year to grow.  Students leave the Transitional Kindergarten Program prepared to enter academic kindergarten successfully.

Research shows that the majority of students retained in kindergarten and first grade have fall birthdays. In the state of California, in a study conducted in a California Performance Review concluded:

  • Children born between June 15 and December 1 made up 53% of the students retained in kindergarten
  • Children who enter kindergarten before their 5th birthday appeared to be at a disadvantage in all aspects of development
  • In reading and mathematics, older kindergartners outperform younger kindergarteners

For these reasons, the State of California has enacted legislation to move the entrance date for kindergarten back as follows:
   five years of age on or before  September 1 for the 2014-15 school year and each school year thereafter.

If you believe your child would benefit from participation in the Transitional Kindergarten Program or to learn more information about this exciting program, please contact Durham Elementary School at 530 895 4695. 

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