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Transitional Kindergarten

Thank you for your interest in the Children’s Day School transitional kindergarten (TK) program. Designed as the first year of a two-year kindergarten program, TK bridges preschool and kindergarten, blending approaches preschool teachers use with those kindergarten teachers use so that children on the cusp enter kindergarten with greater maturity, confidence, and skills, and are ready for the demands of kindergarten. Children who just miss the cut-off will benefit from a year of TK programming and those children who just make the cut-off but aren't quite ready for kindergarten will also benefit from a TK program that moves beyond the preschool classroom in preparation for kindergarten. You can learn more about our TK curriculum here.

We anticipate enrolling approximately 5-7 transitional kindergarten students new to CDS for the 2019-2020 school year. Children turning 5 during 2019 and before November 1, 2019 are age-eligible for the CDS TK program.

To apply for admission to transitional kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year, complete the steps outlined below. We have an online application (strongly preferred); however, paper applications may be downloaded via the link below or mailed upon request. Please visit the school before applying.

Transitional Kindergarten Admission Policies and Procedures

CDS is committed to providing full and equal enjoyment of its services, facilities, privileges, and advantages to individuals with disabilities. Applicants and their family members who require reasonable accommodations to participate in the admission process should contact the Admission Office.

1. Schedule a school visit.

2. Submit a completed application with a family photo and a $100 application fee; online application is strongly preferred. The application deadline for transitional kindergarten is Wednesday, January 9, 2019. 

3. If your child is enrolled in a school that your child attends regularly, submit the student evaluation form to your child's teacher after November 1; teachers need to return the completed form directly to CDS no later than Wednesday, January 9, 2019. The form may be mailed to CDS, emailed to, or faxed to (415) 861-5419.

4. After your application is complete, the Admission Office will schedule a time for your family to visit CDS.

  • Prospective transitional kindergartners will visit our TK classroom for 45 minutes on Saturday, January 26, 2019.
  • In addition, the Admission Office will schedule a 20-30 minute conversation for prospective transitional kindergarten parents/guardians with an admission representative. Admission representatives can include the admission office staff, other administrators, and faculty. All admission representatives have an equal voice in the admission process. It is not to your advantage to talk with one representative versus another, and we do not take requests to talk with a specific CDS representative. Parent/guardian conversations are scheduled during January and February 2019.

5. Admission decisions will be emailed on Thursday, March 21, 2019. We craft each class looking for a balance in gender as well as socioeconomic, racial, cultural, and family diversity. Families who choose to accept an enrollment offer must complete the enrollment agreement with a nonrefundable deposit of 10% of tuition by 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 28, 2019. When there are more qualified candidates than openings available, the school establishes an unranked waiting pool. When an opening occurs, the school decides to which student to offer a space based upon the overall profile of the class and the match with the family and the child.

6. Late Applicants: If you are interested in applying for transitional kindergarten after the January 9 application deadline has passed, please contact Diane Larrabee, Director of Admission, at (415) 861-5432 x322.

For more information, please contact Diane Larrabee, Director of Admission, at (415) 861-5432 x322.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Children’s Day School admits students without reference to race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation or national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, financial aid program, athletic and school-administered programs.