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Transitional Kindergarten Program


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, which opens on February 2, 2024 at 8:00 a.m. There will be limited spaces available based on the time and date of the completed registration- so don’t delay registering!

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

How will I know if we got in? 

You will receive an email by the end of March confirming your spot in a classroom or on the waitlist. Buildings and classrooms will be announced the second week of June, along with all other building assignments. 

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.