View Full Version : All SF San Francisco school officials unsure how to implement transitional kindergarten

01-03-2012, 09:17 AM
From SFGate (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/12/31/BAIP1MC1N4.DTL) by Jill Tucker:

School districts across the state are trying to figure out how best to implement a new law that adds another year of school to the state's public education system, but one only for entering 4-year-olds born between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2.

The year of transitional kindergarten will be an option for the more than 120,000 kids in California who turn 5 each year during that 90-day window, children who were old enough to start kindergarten but often struggled to keep up.

Transitional kindergartners will get more circle time - sitting in groups around their teacher learning how to listen, ask questions and get along with classmates and building essential skills like how to hold a book and which direction the pages turn.

In San Francisco, district officials aren't quite sure what they'll offer at each of their 70 elementary schools.

Part of the problem is that the district doesn't know how many parents will sign up for transitional kindergarten, said Carla Bryant, head of early education programs. Parents will apply for transitional kindergarten the same way as those applying for kindergarten, selecting preferred schools and entering the district's lottery system.

Most likely, the transitional-K program will look different depending on the school, something that might make it difficult for parents to decide whether they want to participate. It won't be a cookie-cutter approach, Bryant said.

"We are just really trying to look at how best we can do this," she said. "I wish I could give you all these definitive answers."

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