FAQ - Universal Transitional Kindergarten (UTK)
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is UTK?
A: Universal Transitional Kindergarten, or UTK, is an expansion of the age-eligibility for the previous TK age window. It is the new grade level preceding Kindergarten.
Q: Who can attend UTK?
A: UTK will be available to children turning 4 years old by September 1st.
Q: Can I pre enroll online?
A: Yes, there will be an online pre enrollment tool available beginning March 6th, 2023.
Q: Can I pre enroll in person?
A: Yes, if you need support with the pre enrollment process, you may visit our school and the front office for support.
Q: Why is it called “pre enrollment”?
A: Seats in UTK are limited to a space of 24 students. Pre enrollment ensures that your child’s information is in the system, and if there is insufficient space at our school, we will work to offer your child enrollment.
Q: What will I need to provide for pre enrollment for UTK?
A: You will need to provide a birth certificate and verification of residency, such as a current mortgage statement, rental agreement, or utility statement with the parent’s name and address printed on it. Your student’s Immunization record will be required to complete the enrollment process.
Q: What are the class sizes for UTK?
A: UTK classes are capped at 24. The adult to student ratio is 1:12.
Q: I do not live within the boundaries of San Diego City. Can I pre enroll my child into UTK?
A: Yes, you can live anywhere in San Diego County.
Q: Can I enroll my 5 year old in UTK if I feel that it is in his/her best interest?
A: Five year olds are age eligible to enroll in Kindergarten and therefore will not be offered enrollment in UTK. If parents feel that their child would benefit from it, they may request a Kindergarten Continuance, which means that their child will have 2 years of Kindergarten.
Q: I already have a child/children enrolled in your school. Why can’t you guarantee that their younger sibling will be enrolled in UTK?
A: If our school does not have sufficient space to accommodate your younger child in UTK, the School will make every effort to offer a seat in our school with space available. We recognize that having children at multiple schools is challenging for parents, as currently, many families have children attending multiple schools ranging from pre K, elementary, middle school, and finally high school.
Q: My child has an IEP. Do I need to pre enroll in UTK?
A: Yes, all pupils must be pre enrolled in the school, including those with IEPs.
Q: My child’s IEP assessment is being conducted at our school. Do I still need to pre enroll in UTK?
A: Yes, the assessment process is separate from enrollment, and does not guarantee your child will be offered enrollment in the school. Please pre enroll your child in our school.
Q: Are UTK children eligible for ELOP?
A: Yes, UTKs may enroll in ELOP. Please visit the Extended Learning Office’s ELOP page for more information.
Q: Where can I learn more about UTK pre enrollment?
A: Please contact our office at (619) 668-8635 to speak with an enrollment expert, or to schedule a Zoom consultation. You may also visit us in person at 6880 Mohawk Street.