A Program of Schools for Children

Transitional Kindergarten

Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is a unique program designed for children who are either not quite old enough for kindergarten or just need a little more time before taking the next step. Transitional Kindergarten blends our early childhood philosophy of education with fostering the developmental skills to successfully move into kindergarten. These young explorers thrive in a challenging school environment that also supports their social and emotional growth, while building skills and confidence.

Learning Looks Like This

Students come together each week to read a Caldecott Book Award story. During one story time, students listen to the teacher read The Little Island by Margaret Wise Brown and Leonard Weisgard. As she reads, the teacher stops and asks the students to make predictions and guides them in understanding new vocabulary. At one point a child raises her hand to ask what “faith” means when it comes up in the text. The teacher asks if anyone knows and takes some student ideas. Together, the children decide upon a meaning, and the teacher helps sum up what they have said: “Faith means believing in something that you can’t be sure is true.”


The LES Transitional Kindergarten is a five-day morning
program (8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) with additional options:

  • Before school (7:30 – 8:30 a.m.)
  • Afternoons (12:30 – 3:15 p.m.)
  • Afterschool (3:15 – 5:30 p.m.)

The program includes:

  • Spanish (2x/week)
  • Physical Education
  • Music
  • Library
  • Makerspace
  • Art Studio (with art teacher)