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2019-2020 School Year Kindergarten Program Information

(Junior/Transitional Kindergarten and Traditional Kindergarten)

Simi Valley Schools offer all-day Traditional Kindergarten at all of our 18 elementary school campuses. We also offer all-day Junior Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten programs at many of our campuses.​ 

  • All kindergarten programs in the Simi Valley Unified School District are ALL-DAY programs.
  • Kindergarten (K) for the 2019-2020 school year is open to all children born on or before September 1, 2014. If you are attending your neighborhood school (SVUSD neighborhood school boundary maps are HERE), enrollment packets will be available beginning March 1, 2019 at your neighborhood school. If you are considering enrolling your child in a school that is not your neighborhood school, you will be participating in our School of Choice program. School of Choice allows families to place children in schools outside of their neighborhood boundaries as long as the target school has room for additional students. More information about School of Choice is found HERE. Please be mindful that School of Choice has an application deadline of February 28, 2019

  • 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 Traditional Kindergarten. JK students engage in hands-on learning activities and are taught by credentialed teachers. The students considered for JK in the 2019-2020 school year were born between July 1 and Sept. 1, 2014, making them the youngest students in the kindergarten age range.
  • In Transitional Kindergarten (TK), children who don’t meet the age requirement for regular kindergarten (per California law) have an opportunity to build their readiness skills and abilities. The 2019-2020 school year TK programs bridge preschool and kindergarten for children turning 5-years-old between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2, 2019. 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.
  • Notification for the location of enrollment for JK/TK classes will be made by the end of May. All effort will be made to provide enough classes to meet the interest in the program. Classrooms will be located throughout Simi Valley to be as convenient as possible for families. Transportation must be provided by parents.
  • Whenever possible, class size will be capped at 25 students.
  • Before/after school care may be available through the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District (584.4400), Boys & Girls Club (527.4437), or the YMCA (583.5338), depending on the school location of the Junior or Transitional Kindergarten program your child attends.
  • All kindergarten programs are part of the public school system and are free. They are taught by credentialed teachers with extra training to teach young kindergarteners.
  • For more information on any of our kindergarten programs, contact your neighborhood school during the regular school year (even if you're applying for School of Choice), or call the Educational Services Department at the District office year-round at 805.306.4500, Ext. 4207. You may also email Tania Bishop (Educational Services Department) at



LAUNCH for Junior and Transitional Kindergarten Programs

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  • JK/TK programs are designed to build on children’s knowledge through active learning experiences, and the use of hands-on, concrete objects.
  • Delivered through center-based activities that enable students to explore materials and practice skills.
  • All of our JK/TK classes are all-day programs. More playtime has been incorporated into the school day to maximize every student's experience.   


What You'll Find in a Junior and Transitional Kindergarten Classroom

Reading and Writing 

  • Pre-Writing Skills
  • Vocabulary Development
  • Listening and Responding
  • Sounds and Letters of the Alphabet



  • Familiarity with Written Numbers
  • Counting
  • Sorting
  • Patterning
  • Measurement
  • Problem Solving

Other Curriculum

  • Social Studies
  • Science 
  • Social/Emotional Development 
  • Physical Education


Enrichment Activities

  • Computer Centers
  • Dramatic Play
  • Life Skills
  • Field Trips
  • Music and Art
  • Large and Small Motor Skills Development