top of page

Transitional Kindergarten


St. Nicholas Catholic School is proud to offer a Transitional Kindergarten (TK)! Unlike preschool or pre-kindergarten, which do not offer a prescribed curriculum and fall under California state day care licensing, our TK is the first step in a two part Kindergarten program established by the State of California’s Kindergarten Readiness.


Transitional kindergarten serves as a bridge between preschool and kindergarten, functioning to provide students with time to develop fundamental skills needed for success in school in an age - and developmentally-appropriate setting.


  • Students must be 4 years old by September 1st, 2016

  • Students must have previous preschool experience


TK Facts:
  • TK follows a prescribed curriculum to prepare students to enter kindergarten

  • Students are fully incorporated into the St. Nicholas School community where they will utilize school facilities, the hot lunch program, school calendar, schedule, etc. and will participate in school functions, including Assembly, Mass, Christmas Concert, Pep Rallies and many other new experiences

  • Students will wear a uniform

  • Students are taught by one credentialed teacher and an Instructional Assistant with Early Childhood Education experience

TK Core Curriculum 

TK prepares students with a foundation in math, reading and writing readiness, language and literacy and Religion. Science, Music, P.E. and Art are also part of the curriculum.  We 

  • Use a variety of different methodologies to provide a comprehensive program, which promotes intellectual, social, spiritual and emotional development

  • Montessori method based on self-directed activites, hands on learning & collaborative play 

  • Differentiation through small group instruction

  • Whole group instruction

  • Methods to develop gross and fine motor skills.


Technology is incorporated into the instructional day using iPads in the classroom or visiting the Technology Lab. 

bottom of page