OUSD Transitional Kindergarten (Oakland, CA)
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I'm a parent of a child with an early Sept. birthday who ''should'' be
starting kindergarten in 2014. We are starting to investigate our school
options and are hoping the Transitional Kindergarten program at Emerson
Elementary in Oakland will be just what we're looking for. The reason I'm
reaching out to this list is because I've had a very hard time finding any
parent feedback on the program at Emerson and also feedback on what happens
after TK. We plan on sending our kids to our neighborhood school for
elementary (not emerson). I'm wondering if many of the TK kids leave
Emerson after TK? Also if participating in TK effects your chances of
getting into your neighborhood school.
Thanks for your insight!
Not all schools have TK programs, so many students go to other schools for TK, then on to
whatever school they get into for regular kindergarten. My daughter was in TK at PLACE @
Prescott, and is going to Chabot for kindergarten.
In regards to the TK program, I would describe it as what Kindergarten used to be when we
were all growing up. More play-oriented, less emphasis on academics as compared to
current kindergartens, and age appropriate. Having had my daughter at Emeryville Child
Development Center for PRE-K, I definitely thought my daughter learned a lot more in TK,
as opposed to PreK in preschool. I felt she was challenged a lot more, but the program
also takes into account the younger age of the children, as opposed to being in
kindergarten, so there's nap-time, etc.
My daughter went to TK last year and we were very happy with Ms. E's class. She is a
really great teacher and highly recommended. In the TK class had many kids coming from
elsewhere, Emerson not their home school. My daughter will stay at Emerson for K, but
many of her classmates went back to their home school- I would said 2/3 of the class.
Like any other school, parents need to get involved and volunteer in class which we did
and that helped the teacher and the kids.
My son's birthday qualified him to start kindergarten last fall so I enrolled him at our
local elementary school, but then worried that he wasn't quite ready for ''big kid''
school and all the confinements that came with that. After much debate and worry, I made
the decision to enroll him in the TK program at Emerson--site unseen--which is a
20-minute commute for our family. As it is a pilot program, there wasn't a lot of
information going in and all the parents were nervous and didn't really know what to
expect. I can tell you that we were all pleasantly surprised. What we got was an amazing
teacher (Danielle Erwin) who is passionate about educating young minds. The class sits on
the carpet, instead of at desks, so it is not as formal as a classroom. Ms. Erwin does a
good job blending play and instruction. The transition to the full-day schedule, limited
play time and short lunch period was a big adjustment but I think it's great to have a
year to get used to a new routine and school environment without all of the academic
pressure that kindergarten now brings. I have absolutely no regrets about enrolling my
son in TK and the Emerson community is great. All of the parents are incredibly
passionate, and contribute in their own ways. My son's class was approximately 23 kids,
and 9 were from outside the neighborhood so will attend kindergarten at a school other
than Emerson. Attending TK at Emerson will not impact your assignment as the district
assigns you to the school in your neighborhood regardless. Feel free to contact me if I
can answer any other questions!
Emerson TK Parent Alumni
Hi, my daughter turns five on September 12 of this coming September and i am interested
in the OUSD transitional kindergarten program. Does anybody have any experience with
this program? Was it good or bad? Have you heard anything about it? What school did
your child attend? I'm also considering putting her in kindergarten and perhaps keeping
her there for two years. Does anybody have experience with that? She would be going to
Chabot. Thanks for your advice.
Mom of sept birthday kid
I'm a parent of a fall birthday kid, we're enrolling her in TK next year. As I
understand it, TK is prioritized for kids who have birthdays within the cut off. So
for next year, that would be for kids with birthdays between Oct. 1 and Dec. 1. So if
there is more space, they'd consider a Sept birthday kid. Don't know anything about
trying to do two years in K, sorry. Good luck!
fall birthday mama
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