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Transitional Kindergarten

Beginning in the fall of 2019, Jewish Academy of Orlando will be launching a new academic program to serve the community. The school will offer pre-school graduates Transitional Kindergarten.  Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is a grade that serves as a bridge between preschool and kindergarten, providing students time to develop fundamental skills needed for success in school in a nurturing, age and developmentally-appropriate setting.

Instead of repeating a grade, the TK program provides Pre-K graduates the opportunity to transition to a new school-- Jewish Academy of Orlando.  The program will be housed, managed, and directed by Jewish Academy of Orlando with the cooperation, experience, and expertise of the JCC’s Early Childhood Learning Center leadership team.  The classes will be small, with a 6:1 anticipated student to teacher ratio, to provide students with the individualized attention they need during this transitional period.

TK students will be led by passionate certified teachers that specialize in educating young learners. Their growth will be fostered by JAO programs such as the innovation lab courses, WJAO news, Hebrew, Judaic Studies, PE, art, and music.

Social and emotional growth are not only the keys to a child’s success but also his or her long-term mental health. The TK program will provide an intentional learning space for children to develop all of the skills necessary to be successful, happy, and confident in the years that follow.

Giving a child an extra year is a decision that many parents of young children face.  Transitional Kindergarten creates another option for these families with a nurturing environment for students that better prepares them for elementary school.  

Families in this community have voiced a need a transitional year before their child enters Kindergarten. Jewish Academy of Orlando’s Transitional Kindergarten program will be an experience for children to develop all of the skills necessary to be successful in Kindergarten and the rest of the elementary school years. The TK program is designed around an age-appropriate curriculum that is differentiated for individual learners.  

The robust curriculum includes:

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Judaic Studies and Hebrew
  • Fine Arts
  • Performing Arts
  • Media and Technology
  • Leadership

More information about the TK program can be found in our list of frequently asked questions (FAQ).

To learn more about Transitional Kindergarten, Jewish Academy of Orlando, or to book a tour, please contact Amy Polacek at (407)647-0713 or email.