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School of Choice For Kindergarten

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kindergarten studentsParents interested in sending a child to a school other than his/her current school of residence may complete a School of Choice (SOC) application.

Please note that transportation is not provided. 

SOC applications are available from January through March at the Educational Support Services (ESS) office, located at 2080 Mission Avenue. Parents must bring two current proofs of residence to the ESS in order to complete a SOC application.  If you have further SOC questions, please contact 760-966-7849

Transitional Kindergarten Registration

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Transitional Kindergarten (TK) registration takes place at the Educational Support Services Office, located at 2080 Mission Ave.  Priority registration is the first two weeks of May.  To participate in priority registration, visit the ESS office to fill out the application form choosing the top three schools you are interested in having your child attend.  You must bring 2 proofs of residency within OUSD boundaries (lease agreement or mortgage statement, utility bill, cable/Directv, homeowner or renter insurance, phone bill [landline only - no cell]) with you to apply, but your residential address will not be used to determine placement.  Notifications of placement will be mailed out mid-May.  Registration instructions will be provided to you with your approved placement letter. Parents not participating in priority registration can choose from the remaining TK openings.  Your child must turn five years old between Sep. 2 and Dec. 2, 2017 to be age eligible. 

For questions, please contact Student Services at 760-966-7849.

Kindergarten Registration

You may pre-register your incoming Kindergartener online.  Click here to begin the process.  Schools will be assigned according to residential address.  Upon completion, gather the following documents and bring to your school office. 

1. Pre-registration documents (printed and signed)

2. Birth certificate

3. Immunization records

4.Two proofs of residency within OUSD boundaries (utility bill, mortgage or rental agreement)

Please contact your school site for times to turn in documentation.


Kindergarten Programs

Welcome to The OUSD Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten Information Page

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California's New Kindergarten Age of Admission

California flag In 2010 California passed Senate Bill (SB) 1381, The Kindergarten Readiness Act.  This bill introduced changes in the enrollment dates for children entering Kindergarten in California.    Click SB 1381 for more information on this legislation.

In order to enroll in Kindergarten, Senate Bill 1381 requires that a child must have his/her fifth birthday on or before September 1. 

If your child turns 5 between September 2 and December 2, he or she is eligible for Transitional Kindergarten.  See below for more information.  Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate students born before September 2 or after December 2, due to the limitation of space in our schools.

Extended-Day Kindergarten

Oceanside Unified School District offers extended-day kindergarten at 8 of our 16 elementary school sites.  Eight (8) schools will provide half-day classes.  Scroll down for a complete listing of extended and half-day kindergarten programs. Please contact individual school sites for bell times. 

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Extended-Day Late Start Kindergarten Programs

The following OUSD schools operate under the late start bell schedule. 

Please contact the individual school sites for registration information and bell times.  

South Oceanside

Extended-Day Early Start Kindergarten Programs

The following OUSD schools operate under the early start bell schedule. 

Please contact the individual school sites for registration information and bell times.   

Reynolds ES
San Luis Rey

Half-Day Kindergarten Programs

Parents interested in half-day kindergarten programs can contact any of the schools listed below.  Half-day kindergarten runs in two sessions, A.M. and P.M., depending on the bell times of the designated school (Early or Late start)  

Early start half-day K programs:  8:15 to 11:35 a.m.; 11:35 to 2:55 p.m.

Late start half-day K programs: 8:55 to 12:15 p.m.; 12:15 to 3:35 p.m. 

Del Rio
760-901-7300 (Late)
760-721-2200 (Late)
Ivey Ranch
760-967-9720 (Early)
North Terrace
760-901-7500 (Late)
760-901-8500 (Early)
Santa Margarita
760-901-7900 (Early)
Stuart Mesa
760-901-7700 (Early)

Frequently Asked Questions -- Kinder and Transitional K


Enrolling your child in Kindergarten or Transitional Kindergarten can lead to many questions for parents new to the public school system.  Visit the CA Department of Education's Kinder FAQ page for some of the more commonly asked questions.  

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Full-Day, Half-Day and Transitional K Offerings in the OUSD

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OUSD offers a variety of extended-day, half-day, transitional kindergarten and state preschool  programs.  Extended-day programs will be offered for both early and late-start schools.  Half-day programs will be available in both the morning and afternoon.  Please note that Transitional Kindergarten programs are half-day only.  Scroll down the page for a listing of programs and how to register.  Click on a school below to be taken to its home web page.


Research on Advantages of Starting K at Older Age

Research on beginning kindergarten at an older age:

  • Improves social, emotional, academic development
  • Boosts test scores
  • Increases likelihood of attending college and earning higher wages
  • Transitional Kindergarten will save the state money from reduced rates of grade retention and special education placement

Transitional Kindergarten

students in classroomTransitional Kindergarten is a bridge between preschool and kindergarten for children turning 5 years of age between September 2 and December 2.  This program offers young learners a head start and provides them with a golden opportunity to learn and grow in an environment  tailored to meet their academic and social needs.

Important facts about Transitional Kindergarten 

  • TK is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program.
  • TK is free for families as part of the public school system.
  • TK uses a unique, specialized curriculum that is based on kindergarten standards.
  • TK is designed to support "young" five-year-olds. 
  • TK is taught by credentialed teachers with extra training. 

Transitional Kindergarten (TK) School Sites

OUSD offers Transitional Kindergarten (TK) at 11 elementary school sites.  A child whose 5th birthday falls on/or between September 2 and December 2 is eligible for TK.  Please note that all TK programs are half-day. 

Schools offering TK are listed below.

Garrison ES
Laurel ES
Libby ES
McAuliffe ES
Mission ES
Palmquist ES
Reynolds ES
San Luis Rey ES
Santa Margarita
Stuart Mesa

Contact individual school sites for bell times. 

TK Parent Resources

"Kindergarten concepts with preschool fun.  A wonderful opportunity for the kids with fall birthdays to be positioned for kindergarten success." --

Parent of a TK student.

TK Library – A website designed to help parents, teachers, early learning programs and school officials understand the requirements and benefits of transitional kindergarten.  

California Department of Education - State website that helps provide answers to frequently asked questions pertaining to transitional kindergarten.  

Preschool California - Features a database of positive media coverage of Transitional K and the Kindergarten Readiness Act.