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Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten Enrollment

general information

AUSD's Transitional Kindergarten (TK) and Kindergarten enrollment period begins in mid-January, when the district staff hold general information nights for all families interested in enrolling in TK or kindergarten.  TK & Kindergarten information sessions and tours are also held in January.  Online applications open January 28 and step-by-step enrollment instructions are available on our main enrollment page. 

kindergarten schedule

For the 2019-20 school year, AUSD kindergartens will be returning to a shortened (rather than extended) day schedule. This is due to two reasons:

1) The Board of Education took measures last spring to reduce expenditures to find money to improve employee salaries

2) Kindergarten teachers had indicated that a shorter day was emotionally, socially, academically, and physically better for their students.

 

AUSD had implemented the extended day schedule for kindergarteners in 2016. Under the previous shortened day schedule, all kindergarteners attended school from roughly 8:20 am to 12:40 pm. Then on two days, half of the class (the “A Group”) stayed until 1:40 pm for small group instruction, and the other half (“B Group”) went home. On the other two days, the “B Group” of the class stayed for small group instruction, while the “A Group” was dismissed at 12:40 pm. On Wednesdays, all students are released at 12:40 pm.

 

This “A/B schedule” will resume in 2019-20.  A sample schedule of how this used to work is below. Please note that we are still finalizing the schedule for 2019-20, and the start/times of this A/B schedule may vary slightly from what is below.

 

Sample Kindergarten Schedule

Day A Group B Group
Mon., Tues. 8:20-1:40 8:20-12:40
Wed. 8:20-12:40 8:20-12:40
Thurs. 8:20-12:40 8:20-1:40

 

A/B schedules begin after the first three weeks of school (which are short days). Families will learn in which group their child has been placed during those first three weeks. School sites will try to accommodate parent/guardian work and childcare schedules to the best of their abilities, and AUSD is currently working with after-school providers in order to explore ways to adjust their schedules and continue to serve our kindergarten families.

ENROLLMENT dates