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Transitional Kindergarten FAQ

What is TK?

Transitional Kindergarten (TK)  is a school 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.

What children are candidates for TK?

Students who have completed preschool.  

Why is TK important?

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.

How is a TK different than repeating a year of pre-K?

TK students are fully integrated into the JAO elementary school experience including differentiated learning, academic rigor, advancement, dual language.  The students’ growth is fostered by JAO programs such as the innovation lab courses, WJAO news, Hebrew, Judaic Studies, PE, art, and music.


What makes up the curriculum?

The curriculum includes the following areas
  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Judaic Studies and Hebrew
  • Fine Arts
  • Performing Arts
  • Media and Technology (including robotics and coding)
  • Leadership

How much free play will be incorporated into the day?

Free play is critical to fostering social and emotional growth, especially at a young age.  TK students will have multiple opportunities for free play throughout the day.

Where will the TK be housed?

The program will be housed, managed, and directed by Jewish Academy of Orlando with the cooperation, experience, and expertise of the JCC’s ECLC leadership team.  

How many children will be in each class?

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.  

Who will be teaching the TK classes?

TK students will be led by passionate certified teachers that specialize in educating young learners.