Transitional Kindergarten

Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is open to students who turn 4 by September 1, and who pass a readiness screening. 

Differences from Pre-Kindergarten

TK is part of elementary school (Pre-K is part of preschool).

  • TK students have all the elementary enrichment classes in the afternoons: Animal & Nature Studies, Art, Music, PE, Spanish, Technology Class, etc. (Pre-K has rest time and outdoor time in the afternoon).
  • TK is a full-day program from 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM, and students must be enrolled 5 days/week (Pre-K can be a half-day program and students must be enrolled at least 3 days/week). 

Both TK and Pre-K students may enroll in Kindergarten the following year. TK follows the same daily structure of elementary school, while Pre-K is more play-based. Not all children who qualify for TK based on their birthdate will be best suited for TK. Your child's teacher and Preschool Director can help you decide if TK would be the best option for your child.

Requirements for Enrollment
  • Open to students who turn 4 by September 1st.
  • Students who demonstrate emotional, social, and academic readiness based upon screening and teacher recommendation.
  • Applicants not already in a WHPS preschool will also have a parent interview as part of the application process.
  • The program is 5 days/week, full-time (8:00 AM - 2:30 PM).
  • Application and Teacher Evaluation Forms on Admissions Page.
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