Transitional Kindergarten (TK)
NOTE: If you are interested in enrolling your student at Pacific School, please complete the appropriate Interest Form. More information about our enrollment procedures is Here.
Transitional Kindergarten (TK) serves students who turn four years old on or before September 1 of the school year. (Kindergarten serves students who turn five years old on or before September 1 of the school year.)
Please note that while California as a whole is rolling out TK in phases, the Pacific School board has decided to accept all students in the entire 12 month age class into TK without waiting for the full roll-out. Therefore some students will be age-eligible for TK at Pacific School who are not age-eligible for TK at some other districts.
Transitional Kindergarten (TK) meets in the afternoons from 11:20 a.m. until 3:10 p.m. Independent study students attend school on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays only, while five-day students attend Mondays through Fridays.
All families, please this Letter from Mr. Gross about plans for 2024-25
2023-24: On a space-available basis, TK students can attend Pacific Preschool in the morning until 11:20. Families pay tuition or qualify for free state-subsidized preschool.
2024-25: TK students needing care before the program hours will be able to attend Little Rec from 8:15-11:20.
2023-24 and 2024-25: For families needing after school care, Big Rec is available for all TK students Monday-Friday, from 3:10 until 5:15 p.m.
Pablo Uribe Llano (Teacher Pablo or Mr. Llano, TK lead, Kinder assistant) and Rachel Paul (Teacher Rachel or Mx. Paul, Kindergarten lead, TK assistant) will be the co-teaching team again for the TK and Kindergarten classes in the 2023-2024 school year.
This is Pablo’s second year at Pacific and fourth overall as an early educator. Pablo has taught in nature-based and dual language settings before, and is excited to keep exploring Pacific’s learning garden and sharing his love of language(s) with the kids. Rachel, with six years of classroom teaching experience, is looking forward to bringing their love of art and material exploration into the classroom for their third year teaching at Pacific.
Our Transitional Kindergarten classroom fosters a creative and joyful environment in which students bridge their preschool experience and future kindergarten learning. The play-based, emergent curriculum centers on children’s interest and discovery. We believe that children are naturally curious about their world.
Children learn experientially through hands-on investigations of the Earth, Life, and Physical sciences in the classroom and garden.
Our literacy curriculum emerges from a text-rich environment in which children seek and engage with books and print as meaningful, useful, and joyful communication. As children explore the characteristics of letters and sounds, they develop their foundation for the reading and writing they will take on in their kindergarten classroom.
TK students also visit the school library weekly and have the opportunity to check out books.
Our mathematics exploration begins with curiosity around numbers and patterns and deepens with children’s play and manipulation of a wide variety of counters, collections, shapes, and blocks. As children make their investigations, we guide their understanding of counting, cardinality, comparison, addition and subtraction. Our block-building curriculum grows children’s understanding of number, physics, size, shape, and balance.
Art, Music, and Dance
Woven into all of the children’s experiences are rich opportunities to express themselves in the arts through dramatic play, song, dance, paint, clay, sculpture, collage, pastels, pencils and markers. The children study color theory, composition, and expression through a mix of guided and independent work.
Throughout their day in the classroom, children learn how to be productive and valued community members and practice the necessary social and emotional skills needed for a school setting. We love to help children form new friendships and support them in resolving conflicts through read-aloud stories, meeting conversations, and restorative circles. We extend our learning beyond the classroom through field trips to our beautiful State Parks and local businesses and by inviting community members with experience in many fields to share their passions and interests with us.
Every week we will send out an email newsletter to keep you connected to our curriculum. In addition, we will contact you with updates about your child through email or at drop-off or pick-up times.
Families of enrolled students* can reach us both at tk @ pacificesd.org.
Or you can contact us individually:
*To allow teachers to focus on the education of their current students, prospective families are asked to direct all questions to the office, not to teachers.
If you would like to support our transitional kindergarten program, consider materials from our classroom wishlist including books for our growing classroom library.