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Transitional Kindergarten

Located at Shiloh Hills Elementary, Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is a kindergarten program for children, below the age of five, who do not have access to high-quality early learning experiences prior to kindergarten. Additionally, they have been deemed by a school district, through a screening process and/or other instrument(s), to be in need of additional preparation to be successful in kindergarten the following year.

Click here to complete an interest form for Transitional Kindergarten

Please note that this Transitional Kindergarten program is currently located at Shiloh Hills Elementary for students in the Shiloh Hills boundary, but the District is actively gathering interest from all neighborhoods for potential expansion to additional elementary schools. Click the link above to share your interest and contact information for any of our 10 elementary schools.

Why Transitional Kindergarten?
Research shows children who attend a Pre-K program continue to outperform students who do not attend and have long-term academic achievement. Additionally, students in the program will work toward becoming well­-rounded students better prepared for school.

Alignment to Mead School District Strategic Priorities
Transitional Kindergarten aligns with Priority Area 1 (Ensure academic success and high levels of learning for ALL students), Priority Area 4 (Connecting School, Family & Community) and Priority Area 5 (Whole Child: Safe, Challenged & Supported).

Difference between Transitional Kindergarten & Regular Kindergarten
In Transitional Kindergarten students are exposed to Common Core and Content Standards. In regular Kindergarten the emphasis is on mastery of Common Core and Content Standards.

Required Elements

  • Pillar I - Transitional Kindergarten programs must meet the requirements of full­-day kindergarten including administration of the WaKIDS whole-child assessment within the first ten weeks of school.
  • Pillar II - Classrooms are staffed by certificated teachers and para-educators.
  • Pillar III - Programs must be inclusive, socioeconomically diverse and responsive to the needs of children who qualify for participation.
  • Pillar IV - Programs must be fully integrated into school buildings with access to transportation, specialists, recess and lunch in the school cafeteria just like regular Kindergarten students.
  • Pillar V - Transitional Kindergarten programs work in collaboration with and do not adversely impact enrollment in community-based preschool programs, including Head Start, ECEAP, tribally-led early learning programs and those operating in licensed child care centers and licensed family homes. The district must participate in coordinated outreach, ref err al and appropriate placement to assure best fit for each child.

Program Eligibility
Pre-Requisite Requirements for Transitional Kindergarten (must meet all):

  • Turn 4 years-old by August 31 (cannot be 5 years old on August 31)
  • For the 2022-23 school year, the program is limited to students within the Shiloh Hills Elementary boundary (the district is continually assessing student needs district-wide and could open more TK classrooms in future years)
  • Not otherwise identified for participation in Head Start and/or ECEAP preschool programs

Qualifying Criteria for Transitional Kindergarten (must meet at least one):

  • Lack access (financial, availability or other significant factor) to a licensed preschool opportunity (opportunity gap)
  • Qualify for free/reduced meals (income gap)
  • Qualify for bilingual education (English language gap)
  • Exhibit lagging social and/or academic skills based on an administered screening (performance gap)

Questions? Contact your neighborhood elementary school principal (school attendance boundary maps can be found here.)