Information about Registration for the 2022-2023 School Year
SPUSD will again offer Transitional Kindergarten (TK) for South Pasadena residents for the 2022-2023 school year. Children born between September 2, 2017 and February 2, 2018 are eligible to enroll. Due to space limitations, SPUSD does not make exceptions of admitting students to TK who are born after the February 2, 2018 cut-off date. They will be eligible to enroll in Kindergarten the following year.
TK is a half-day program, with the same beginning and ending times as our regular Kindergarten classes. The morning session (AM) is 8:10 am to 11:35 am and the afternoon session (PM) is 11:35 am to 3:00 pm. For the past two years, the TK program had been held at both Arroyo Vista and Monterey Hills. For the 2022-2023 school year, we anticipate that we will have two or three TK classes, one or two at Monterey Hills and one at Arroyo Vista. There most likely will not be room at Marengo for a TK class, so those students will be placed at Monterey Hills for TK if it is determined after enrollment that Marengo does not have classroom space to accommodate those TK students.
Please be aware that vaccination requirements apply to TK students, and students must be fully vaccinated prior to the start of school. Please be in communication with your pediatrician to make sure to allow for vaccinations prior to the start of school. The only waiver now allowed is a medical waiver. If your child has a medical condition (or family history) which makes immunization medically inadvisable, either permanently or temporarily, you will need to have your physician write a note to the school/district which states the reason for and duration of the exemption. The doctor must be a California licensed M.D. or D.O. There is no provision for a delayed immunization schedule in the law, so your child will need to be current with his/her immunizations when he/she starts school.
The Kindergarten Readiness Act, signed into law in 2010, is a historic reform to kindergarten education that gives California an unparalleled opportunity to ensure that our state’s youngest children are better prepared to succeed in kindergarten and beyond. The Kindergarten Readiness Act, SB 1381 by Senator Simitian, created transitional kindergarten, the first year of a two-year kindergarten experience for those students who are born between September and December. It also changed the kindergarten entry date from December 2 to September 1, so children enter kindergarten at age 5. The law phases in the new age requirement by moving the cutoff date one month a year for three years, beginning in the fall of 2012.
Across the state of California, the kindergarten entry date changed over three years as follows:
2012-2013: 5 years of age on or before Nov. 1
2013-2014: 5 years of age on or before Oct. 1
2014-2015: 5 years of age on or before Sept. 1
A child will be eligible for transitional kindergarten if they have their 5th birthday between:
November 2 and December 2 for the 2012-13 school year
October 2 and December 2 for the 2013-14 school year
September 2 and December 2 for the 2014-15 school year
September 2 and February 2 for the 2022-2023 school year
September 2 and April 2 for the 2023-2024 school year
September 2 and June 2 for the 2024-2025 school year
4th Birthday by September 1 for the 2025-2026 school year
Regarding AB 104, EC 48000(c)(3)(B)(I)
Due to space limitations, SPUSD has no plans to offer Transitional Kindergarten to students who turn 5 after February 2, 2023 for the 2022-2023 school year.