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2020-21 RCS Kindergarten / Transitional Kindergarten Page

Now open!

***Kindergarten Enrollment Online***

Click here to begin enrollment process!

We are pleased to announce that online registration is now open for 2020-2021 Kindergarten!

Students that are currently enrolled in the 2019/20 school year Transitional Kindergarten (TK) program will automatically be transitioned to their home school for the 2020/21 Kindergarten program. You DO NOT need to re-enroll if they are a current TK student in Rochester Community Schools. You will be notified in the summer to update your information via ParentVUE for the 2020-21 school year.

For further information, click here to visit our Enrollment page.

To see what a day in the life of a Kindergarten student at RCS looks like, please enjoy the video below. We look forward to welcoming your student to the Rochester Community School family.

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We have limited spots for Transitional Kindergarten available for student's between birthdays from

June 1st - December 1st.

Brewster, Brooklands, Hampton, McGregor, University Hills

Click here to get started on survey

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Transitional Kindergarten (TK) Information Night

(For students turning 5 yrs old between June 1st - Dec 1st)

January 6, 2020

To view TK information night presentation power point Click here

TK screenings are closed for 2020-21 school year

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Welcome to the Rochester Community Schools 2020-21!

TK/Kindergarten enrollment will begin on March 31, 2020 where each of our elementary schools will host "TK/Kindergarten Registration Evening".  Each school will be conducting its own registration and information meeting (see above for your home school exact times).  This will be an opportunity to meet and converse with the principals and kindergarten teachers on a more personal level.

Regarding eligibility for 2020-2021 kindergarten:  Children who will be 5 by September 1, 2020 are eligible to enroll in kindergarten. However, if your child will be 5 by December 1, 2020, you may sign a waiver and have him or her enrolled.  Those forms are posted on this site.  Under the folder, "TK/Kindergarten Enrollment Requirements", you will find what is required to enroll your child as well as immunization requirements.

Transitional Kindergarten

The purpose of transitional kindergarten (TK) is to provide early childhood programming that meets the varying educational needs of learners who need the nurturing of a transitional year prior to entering Kindergarten. TK will cultivate academic and social-emotional learning along with opportunities for play, creativity, and social skill development. TK will provide to students the gift of time and impact the trajectory of their lives.

What is Transitional Kindergarten?

The Gift of Time

“Transitional kindergarten is a school grade that serves as a bridge between preschool and kindergarten, functioning to provide students with time to develop fundamental skills needed for success in school in an age- and developmentally-appropriate setting.” Transitional kindergarten recognizes the differences between a child’s chronological age and their developmental age (Moran, 2015).

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Frequently asked questions...

What is the purpose of Transitional Kindergarten? The purpose of Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is to provide early childhood programming that meets the varying educational needs of learners who need the nurturing of a transitional year prior to entering kindergarten.

What is the qualifying age for Transitional Kindergarten? Students who turn 5 yrs old between June 1 - Dec 1 qualify for TK.

How many days per week will my child attend school? TK students will have a full day program with access to all programing available to K-5 students (lunch, recess, specials, school aged care, etc.)

What is the Transitional Kindergarten Curriculum? TK will cultivate academic and social-emotional learning along with opportunities for play, creativity, and social skill development.  Reggio Emilia Inspired Curriculum.