Transitional Kindergarten (TK)

Kalama School District is thrilled to be able to offer the community’s first Transitional Kindergarten (TK) classrooms! 

What is Transitional Kindergarten?

Unlike our traditional Kindergarten program, Transitional Kindergarten (also known as "TK" or "Junior Kindergarten") is a no-cost, full-day early learning program designed for four-year-olds. Staffed by certificated teachers and a paraeducator, this inclusive program prepares children socially and academically for Kindergarten. 

There are limited spaces available in the TK program. Priority is given to children of KSD employees and low income families. Enrollment is then first come, first served.

Please give us a call at 360-673-5207 to inquire about availability. If classes are full, families may request to be put on a waitlist. An online enrollment packet will be linked on this page when enrollment is open.

Transitional Kindergarten (TK) program details:

  • Classrooms are located inside Kalama Elementary School

  • Class is in session from 8:30 am to 3 pm, M-F during the school year

  • Transportation is provided to students who live within KSD boundaries

  • Students will eat lunch at school in the cafeteria (hot or packed lunch)

  • Students will have a daily “quiet time” of approx.  1 hour during the school day

  • Note: TK students are not eligible to attend Chinook Station

A video introduction of the TK program in Kalama

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How does Transitional Kindergarten differ from regular Kindergarten?

Kindergarten is designed for children who are five years old on or before August 31. Transitional Kindergarten, which is a stepping stone to traditional Kindergarten, is designed for children who are four years old on or before August 31.

Can I enroll my child for the TK program if the class is already full?

Once the class is full, enrollment will close. However, families can request to be added to a waitlist by contacting Kalama Elementary School.

What are the state requirements of a Transitional Kindergarten program?

The requirements for Transitional Kindergarten are the same as those for regular kindergarten. This includes:

  • Classrooms staffed by certificated teacher(s) and paraeducators.

  • Provisions of a curriculum that offer a rich, varied set of experiences that assist students in:

    • Developing initial skills in the academic areas of reading, mathematics, and writing.

    • Developing a variety of communication skills.

    • Providing experiences in science, social studies, arts, health and physical education, and a world language other than English.

    • Acquiring large and small motor skills.

    • Acquiring social and emotional skills, including successful participation in learning activities as an individual and as part of a group.

    • Learning through hands-on experiences.

  • Established learning environments that are developmentally appropriate and promote creativity.

  • Demonstrate strong connections and communication with early learning community providers.

  • Participate in kindergarten program readiness activities with early learning providers and parents.

  • Administration of the Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills.

Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

If you have additional questions about Kalama School District’s Transitional Kindergarten program, please contact the school office at 360-673-5207.