Panama-Buena Vista Union School District Enrollment Procedures
for Transitional Kindergarten & Kindergarten Programs
For the 2013-2014 school year, enrollment procedures in the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District for Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs (based upon the passage of legislation last year and the recommendation of the Transitional Kindergarten Task Force) are as follows:
For the 2013-14 school year, TK will serve children turning five after October 1, 2013, and on or before December 2, 2013. TK may be recommended to children who are eligible for kindergarten who turn five by November 1, 2013, but can benefit from the educational program provided in the TK setting. Children turning five after December 2, 2013, and by December 31, 2013, may be served in TK, depending upon available space, state funding, and student assessment results.
TK and Kindergarten programs are a full day in length (approximately 6 hours) and follow the same schedule as grades 1 – 3, as determined by each school site.
TK provides children with a year of school readiness skills, which are developmentally appropriate and designed to prepare children for success once they enter kindergarten the following year. Research indicates that beginning kindergarten at an older age will improve student readiness, reduce remediation and special education referrals, and boost student achievement. TK provides “young” children with the gift of time to help them develop the academic skills and the confidence that will help them in the future.
Registration for TK and Kindergarten programs will begin on March 11, 2013, at each district elementary school site. Incoming students will be assessed and recommendations will be made about each student’s suitability for placement in TK or kindergarten. Assessments will be conducted between April 8, 2013, and May 3, 2013. Parents/guardians will select an assessment day/time when registering.
A short Transitional Kindergarten Public Services Announcement may be accessed by clicking on the following links: