Why Transitional Kindergarten?
Our Transitional Kindergarten class, designed for younger five-year-olds, integrates our British Primary educational philosophy while uniquely meeting the needs of our youngest students.
For many years we have seen a number of kindergarten applicants who are on the younger side developmentally for a multiage classroom, although they have outgrown preschool. Seen as a smaller contained setting with fewer transitions than our multiage K-1-2 classroom, our TK classroom is a gentle introduction to elementary school, and provides students with time to develop foundational skills needed for success in school, in a very specific developmentally and age-appropriate setting.
TK serves children who turn five years of age between May 1 and October 1, to better align with Denver Public School's cut-off date. However, not all students with late birthdays will be offered a spot in this class; some will be placed into a multiage K-1-2 classroom due to developmental readiness.
What Does This Look Like?
Located in the warm, cozy space known as Carolyn’s Room, this self-contained class runs on the same days and times as our other K-1-2 classrooms and offers early literary instruction, math, social studies and science, as well as choice time, arts, music, PE and movement. Our youngest students also have time to practice daily maintenance skills like tying shoes and zipping jackets, and learn about their immediate world, including themselves, their friends, their family and their school, all among peers at a similar level.
Potential students apply during our regular admission season and go through our standard admission process. After an evaluation of the child, our admission team will discuss recommended classroom placement with parents.
TK students are expected to begin kindergarten in a multiage K-1-2 classroom the following year. Tuition is $22,758 for the 2022-2023 school year. See our tuition and fees page for more details.
To apply, visit our Admission page.
Susannah Marais leads our new Transitional Kindergarten program. With over 20 years as an educator, Susannah has been a K-1-2 classroom teacher at Stanley for six years and was previously a lead teacher at Paddington Station Preschool. She also taught in Denver Public Schools and Aurora Public Schools, and is a graduate of Stanley's Teacher Preparation Program. Susannah has an immense heart for young children, a wonderful appreciation of childhood and a profound understanding of the joyful, holistic growth of our youngest learners.
"I am so excited that Stanley is offering a TK program for our young five-year-olds! This program honors the uniqueness, beauty and wonder of this stage of life. Children will grow and thrive and be ready for our multiage classrooms the following year."
Head of British Primary Professional Learning