Friday, 19 July 2024

Putting Students First: Transitional Kindergarten

Kelseyville Unified Superintendent Dave McQueen. Courtesy photo.

KELSEYVILLE, Calif. — If your child turns 5 years old between Sept. 2, 2022, and Feb. 2, 2023, now is the time to enroll them in Transitional Kindergarten, or TK.

TK is the first year of a two-year Kindergarten program, designed to help our youngest students learn to play with others and get used to school.

Year two of Kindergarten continues this play-based learning, plus it introduces foundational skills for reading, writing, and mathematics to prepare students for first grade.

TK is not required, but it is a wonderful opportunity for children to meet new friends and learn important skills like listening to directions and taking turns.

Student enrollment process

If you’ve never enrolled a student in school before, allow me to walk you through the process.

At Kelseyville Unified, new-student registration starts online. You’ll need to provide some basic information, like your name and contact information as well as your student’s name and birth date.

As soon as we receive this information, we’ll get in touch to provide you with all the forms you need.

We’ll also pass your name on to Kelseyville Elementary School, so they can schedule your child’s assessment sometime between April 12 to 14.

For the 2022-23 school year, all Transitional Kindergarten classes will be held at Kelseyville Elementary. If you live in the Riviera Elementary School area, your child can transfer to Riviera school for year two of Kindergarten.

Although we can send you the required forms via email, you’ll need to bring the completed forms and other documents to the district office to complete the enrollment process.

To register a student for school in Lake County, you’ll need to provide:

• A copy of your child’s birth certificate;
• A copy of your child’s immunization record (visit to see what’s required);
• A copy of your child’s medical and dental exam form signed by the provider;
• Proof of residency in the district (most folks use utility bill or property tax bill).

Student enrollment support

We understand that not everyone has access to a computer and/or the internet, so you are welcome to call or text our Welcome Center at 707-245-4061 to schedule a time that is convenient for you to come on down. We can walk you through the whole process.

We also understand that English is not everyone’s first language. For families who need support in Spanish, Adriana Flores Ponce is the local Migrant Education liaison from the Butte County Office of Education. She serves the parents and students of Kelseyville Unified (as well as Lakeport and Upper Lake). She has offered to help Spanish-speaking families through the school enrollment process. She can be reached at 707-245-1407 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Just so you know, over the next four years, the age of students eligible for TK changes. By 2025, there will be universal TK for all four-year-olds thanks to changes in the California Education Code. If you’re interested in more details, you can visit the Lake County Office of Education’s website and type Transitional Kindergarten in the search bar.

Also, in case you were wondering, enrollment for returning students begins after July 1.

At Kelseyville Unified, we’re excited to welcome our youngest students. We know it will be a big step — for parents and students alike.

We are here to support you from that first school drop-off to that final triumphant moment when they accept their diploma and launch into the world.

Dave McQueen is superintendent of Kelseyville Unified School District.

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