Registrations for the 2019-2020 ETK program school year are now closed.
Transitional Kindergarten is the first phase of a two-year Kindergarten program that uses age-appropriate curricula aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Transitional Kindergarten acts as a bridge between preschool and Kindergarten and is designed to provide our youngest learners with the pivotal skills and experiences needed for success in Kindergarten.
On March 12, 2019, the Palo Alto Unified School District Board of Education approved the Expanded Transitional Kindergarten program (ETK) to include historically underrepresented/socioeconomically disadvantaged students, who turn five after December 2, and before the last day of the school year. For the 2019-2020 school year, this includes children that were born after December 2, 2014 and before June 5, 2015. Registrations submitted to the PAUSD Registration Services office (25 Churchill Ave) will be reviewed for qualification under any of the following criteria for historically underrepresented or socioeconomically disadvantaged students:
- Student’s race/ethnicity is Hispanic/Latino, Black or African American, Pacific Islander, or Native American
- Students where both parents have not received a high school diploma
- Students who were eligible for the Free or Reduced-Priced Meal (FRPM) Program (also known as the National School Lunch Program), or has a direct certification for FRPM
- Students who are migrant, homeless, or foster youth
To enroll your child in the expanded transitional kindergarten program waitlist, please review the advantages and disadvantages of early kindergarten admittance, and then follow the process outlined on the Registration Page of our website.
Enrollment will be based upon a space-available basis.