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Transitional Kindergarten Program

TK Parent Information Meeting

The Transitional Kindergarten meeting was held Monday, March 25. This was an informational meeting to help families learn more about their child’s TK year and discuss any questions about Transitional Kindergarten. You should have already received an email, which confirms your spot and building assignment or notified you your child has been placed on the waitlist. Families should have confirmed with the Registrar about their child’s attendance for Transitional Kindergarten by Friday, March 29th. If you missed the meeting you can view the slide deck below.

View the TK Parent meeting slide deck


Ankeny Schools is excited to announce the opening of a Transitional Kindergarten (TK) program for the 2024-2025 school year.

What is Transitional Kindergarten?

Transitional Kindergarten gives children additional time to develop the necessary social and academic skills to bridge preschool and kindergarten. Students who turn five by September 15 are eligible for the full-day Transitional Kindergarten program. Class sizes will be limited to 20 students per class.  

How do I sign up? 

Registration for transitional kindergarten will be part of the general registration process, opened on February 2, 2024 at 8:00 a.m.

*The district will continue to monitor the total number registered to determine the final number of classrooms opening in August 2024.

Program includes: 

  • Same programming as Ankeny elementary schools
  • Specials: Art, Digital Learning, Guidance, PE, and Vocal Music.
  • Supplemental Support, Interventions, & Extensions
  • ESOL Services
  • Counselor/Social Worker Support
  • Special Education Services 
  • Same calendar as Ankeny elementary schools (7:55 a.m. – 2:55 p.m.)
  • Eligible for Ankeny Schools’ Before and After School Program (if space is available)
  • Eligible for district transportation (for those who live two miles or more from their neighborhood elementary school.)   


  • Transitional Kindergarten State Requirements
  • TK students are reported to the State Department of Education as kindergarten students receive state funding. Therefore, TK is considered a retention year, and students are required to participate in statewide kindergarten assessments.

Kindergarten Iowa Core Standards

  • The students will be introduced to kindergarten math,  literacy, and social-emotional standards at a developmentally appropriate pace, giving them opportunities to work on readiness skills.