Nevada City School District and Transitional Kindergarten


Nevada City School District's transitional kindergarten is a new state funded early childhood education program. It is the first year of a two year kindergarten experience. After completion of transitional kindergarten in June, children will enter traditional kindergarten at the start of the next school year.  This program gives children the "gift of time" to build the necessary social and academic skills for success throughout their school experience.

Many parents feel that their children may not be quite ready for the rigor of traditional kindergarten. These students often have birthdays in the Fall and may still be developing the skills they need for academic work. Just as children learn to walk and talk at their own pace, academic readiness occurs at different times in different children. Our Bridge to Kindergarten Program is the first year of a two-year kindergarten experience. It allows children the “gift of time” to build the necessary social and academic skills for success throughout their school career.

The Transitional Kindergarten class offers more opportunities for social-emotional development, fine and large motor skills development through play, exploration opportunities through curiosity and investigative learning, language and number sense development. The daily schedule includes whole group instruction and activities, small group instruction, and independent “hands-on” learning.

A child is eligible for transitional kindergarten if they have their fifth birthday between (EC 48000[c]):
September 2 and December 2 for the 2016-2017 school year and each school year thereafter

Board Policy 6170

"The district may admit into the TK program a child whose fifth birthday is after December 2 and before June 30, provided that the child is admitted at the beginning of the school year and the Superintendent or designee recommends that enrollment in a TK program is in the child's best interest. Prior to such enrollment, the child's parents/guardians shall be provided information regarding the advantages and disadvantages and any other explanatory information about the effect of early admittance."

The Nevada City School District applied to waive Ed. Code 37202 (a), the equity length of time requirement for kindergarten program. The waiver was approved by the State Board of Education for two years (August 17, 2016 through June 8, 2018). The TK class program will be 3.5 hours which includes a 15 minute recess. For more information about the waiver request please click here.

For more information you can call 265-1870.


Please check out our links section for more information on transitional kindergarten in California.