Ripon Unified School District
304 N. Acacia Avenue
Ripon CA 95366
Ripon USD Transitional Kindergarten (TK) Program
What is Transitional Kindergarten?
For the upcoming 2014-2015 school year, students entering kindergarten must be five years old by September 1st. The “Kindergarten Readiness Act” (Assembly Bill 1381) has established a class called “Transitional Kindergarten” (TK) for students who turn five between September 2nd and December 2nd. In Ripon USD, our TK class has been named “Promoting Readiness in Education” or PREP class.
Why have Transitional Kindergarten/PREP Class?
AB 1381 requires students to be older than in previous years to attend kindergarten and provides an additional year of kindergarten (TK) for some of our youngest students. The PREP class is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program. Students completing the PREP class will participate in kindergarten the following year. Students with fall birthdays are often not developmentally ready and need more time to be successful in kindergarten. The two-year kindergarten program gives these students “the gift of time” to develop the social, emotional, and academic skills necessary to build self-confidence and achieve success in school and in the future.
What is the PREP Class program?
The PREP class works with a mixture of preschool foundations and kindergarten standards. Instruction will focus on language and literacy, math, and social emotional development through large and small group instruction, as well as hands-on activities.
Where is the PREP Class?
The PREP Class will be held at Ripon Elementary, with a full day program from 8:15-2:00.
Can other students become part of the PREP Class?
Students who turn five after December 2nd may be accepted into the PREP Class as they turn five, if space is available.
How do I register my child?
You may register your child at kindergarten registration, or in any elementary school office when they open again next summer. If you’d like to put your child’s name on the list for PREP Class, or have other questions, please contact Ripon Elementary, at (209) 599-4225. For general questions about transitional kindergarten, you may also contact Kathy Coleman (email@example.com) or Angelica Bogetti (firstname.lastname@example.org) (209) 599-2131, at the District Office.