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Kindergarten, JK/TK Applications Still Being Accepted


Elementary schools throughout Simi Valley are accepting applications for Kindergarten in 2015-2016 school year. The State of California sets the guideline that children have to be 5-years-old on or before Sept. 1, 2015, to be enrolled in regular kindergarten for the 2015-2016 school year. If your child does not make the cut-off for regular kindergarten, or if you believe your child would benefit from a "bridge" program, please read on about Junior and Transitional Kindergarten offered through our schools.

Junior Kindergarten (JK) is a developmental kindergarten program designed for children who are kindergarten age, but not kindergarten “ready," as determined by the parents. Following a year in JK, most students will enter a regular kindergarten program, although some may be ready to move on to 1st grade. JK students engage in hands-on learning activities and are taught by certified teachers. The students considered for JK were born between July 1 and Sept. 1, 2010, making them the youngest students in the kindergarten age range.

The age at which a student starts kindergarten can make a big difference during these early years when children are rapidly growing and developing. Another option is Transitional Kindergarten (TK). In TK, children who don’t meet the age requirement for regular kindergarten have an opportunity to build their readiness skills and abilities. TK programs bridge preschool and kindergarten for children turning 5-years-old between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2, 2015. It gives young learners a head start and provides them with opportunities to learn and grow in an environment that is tailored to meet their academic and social needs. TK is a two-year kindergarten program.

The application is found HERE. Both programs are part of the public school system and are free for families. All JK/TK classes are taught by credentialed teachers who receive extra training to teach young kindergarteners. Many of our sites are now full, but space is available for your child at certain campuses. Please contact the district’s Educational Services Dept. at (805) 306-4500 ext. 4207.