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The San Lorenzo school district is welcoming new students in its transitional kindergarten (TK) and kindergarten programs for the 2024-25 school year, continuing an emphasis on helping young children make a successful journey into first grade and beyond.


For this year, students are eligible for TK if they were born from Sept. 2, 2019, through June 2, 2020. Incoming kindergarten students must have turned 5 by Sept. 1, 2024. A three-year phase-in of TK will continue next year, culminating in eligibility in 2025-26 for all children who turn 4 by Sept. 1.


The district is part of a $2.7 billion statewide TK initiative, launched in 2021, which seeks to provide a bridge into classroom learning. The state will add universal preschool in 2025.


“The state essentially approved another grade level for students in California, so it’s a big move,” said Dr. Daryl Camp, SLZUSD superintendent.


Step-By-Step Instructions for Enrolling Your Child


The district is presenting FAMILY INFORMATION NIGHTS nights at all nine of its elementary schools from Jan. 17-31. Please see this informational flyer, available for download. Families unable to attend one of those sessions can visit this district webpage for step-by-step instructions on enrolling your child.


During the 2023-24 school year, the elementary schools have a combined total of 183 TK students, all of whom turned 4 by April 2, 2023. The ratio of students to teachers and teaching assistants was 12:1, with a plan to achieve a 10:1 ratio by 2025-26 thanks to increasing state support. The district’s TK enrollment is up by more than 50 percent over 2021-22.


'An Extra Year of Free Education'


Teacher Christopher Auad, a 25-year veteran teacher who teaches TK at Corvallis Elementary, said the program provides children with a structured setting where students are introduced to teacher-guided learning, while developing independence and social skills that prepare them for an increasingly rigorous kindergarten experience.


Calling TK “an extra year of free education,” Auad said it is definitely more than an extension of preschool.


“I tell parents it’s not baby school; it’s real school to get them ready for kindergarten,” he said. “As an educator, it’s awesome to see them have that growth and become independent, confident students ready to learn in kindergarten.”