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KINDERGARTEN PROGRAMS

Registration Requirements

Copy of Original Birth Certificate (hospital certificates are not acceptable) 

Proof of Residency A copy of a current utility bill (Electric, Gas or Water)

Up-to-date Immunizations for ALL students (including Junior, Transitional and Kindergarten programs). *Children without all required immunizations will NOT be allowed to start school.

An Oral Health Assessment Form California law, Education Code Section 49452.8, requires that your child have an oral health assessment (dental check-up) by May 31 in either kindergarten or first grade, whichever is his or her first year in public school. Assessments that have happened within the 12 months before your child enters school also meet this requirement. The law specifies that the assessment must be done by a licensed dentist or other licensed or registered dental health professional.

A Report of Health Examination Form Parents/guardians are required, within 90 days of their child entering into 1st
grade, to provide documentation that their child had a health screening within the last 18 months.

** A Health Examination is NOT required for enrollment into Junior Kindergarten or Transitional Kindergarten (JK/TK)**

How to Enroll in Kindergarten

Kindergarten (K) for the 2022-2023 school year is open to all children born on or before September 1, 2017. If you are attending your neighborhood school (SVUSD neighborhood school Boundary Maps are HERE), enrollment packets are available now through your school. Please contact them directly for more information.

If you are considering enrolling your child in a school that is not your neighborhood school, you will be participating in our School of Choice program. School of Choice allows families to place children in schools outside of their neighborhood boundaries as long as the target school has room for additional students. More information about School of Choice is found HERE. Please be mindful that School of Choice has an application deadline of February 28, 2022. Any applications received after the deadline will be placed on a wait list with the individual school site(s).

What is Universal Transitional Kindergarten?

Universal Transitional Kindergarten (UTK) provides children who don’t meet the age requirement for regular kindergarten (per California law) to have an opportunity to build their readiness skills and abilities. The 2022-2023 UTK program is open to children born on or before September 1, 2018. UTK programs bridge preschool and kindergarten, and provide young learners with opportunities to learn and grow in an environment that is tailored to meet their academic and social needs. UTK is the first of a two year program. Upon completion of UTK, students promote to Kindergarten.

Kindergarten Kids

Studies have shown that all children benefit from high quality, full-day Kindergarten. The Simi Valley Unified School District offers families throughout the district three, full-day kindergarten options, depending on the age and developmental needs of your child.

Universal Transitional and Traditional Kindergarten full-day classes are taught by credentialed teachers with experience in early-childhood education, in a safe and nurturing environment, on elementary campuses located throughout the district. All of our programs are free.

April 11, 2022

Dear Simi Valley Schools Universal Transitional Kindergarten (Universal TK) applicants and prospective applicants:

We hope this message finds you well and anticipating the upcoming 2022-2023 school year. We are excited to welcome your Universal TK student and offer this expanded educational program.

On that note, there has been a wonderful, overwhelmingly positive response to our new Universal TK, which will welcome all four-year-old children (those who turn four-years-old on or before September 1, 2022) for the 2022-2023 school year.
Universal TK is a full-day program with a specific curriculum/program geared for our youngest learners. Classes are led by credentialed teachers with early childhood training. Our Universal TK program is a full-day program with students attending the same number of hours as our Kindergarten through 6th grade students. Students finishing Universal TK will move into Kindergarten the following year.

Normally we would start notifying our families with their school assignments in mid-April for those applications already submitted. This year, we have to ask for your patience on receiving your notification as we need to expand our program into additional schools to accommodate the large number of applicants. That process will take several more weeks as we handle the many logistics facing the influx of Universal TK students in August.

Please remember that Universal TK is not a School of Choice program. Because of this, the Department of Elementary Education at the Simi Valley Unified School District Office handles the applications and placement of our Universal TK students. Every effort is made to prioritize a student’s placement in their home/neighborhood school, as well as where siblings are currently enrolled, but we cannot guarantee placement because of the required class-size restrictions. At some of our schools, there may be a need to hold a lottery for placement if demand exceeds the school’s Universal TK capacity. Waitlists will be established for impacted schools.

If you have already submitted your application, you will be assigned to a school, and you should receive notification of that assignment sometime in May. 

If you are still waiting to submit your application, or if you know of any families who are still considering the Simi Valley Unified School District’s Universal TK program, please submit it to the SVUSD (not the school site) by April 22 to ensure that your child will be assigned to a school by May. 

While we will still accept applications after the April 22nd date, families submitting late run the risk of being placed in a school that may not be in a location close to your home; being placed in a school that is not shared by siblings of the Universal TK student; or wait- listed for a desired school.

More information about SVUSD’s Universal TK and Kindergarten programs can be found at www.simivalleyusd.org/kinderinfo. Again, thank you for your patience.

Sincerely,
Ms. Julie Ellis
Director
Elementary Education

Important Changes

We are now accepting ALL four-year-olds into our new Universal Transitional Kindergarten program (Universal TK). If you have already submitted an application, this will not affect that application. We are opening our Universal TK classes to all children born between September 2, 2017 and September 1, 2018. 

PLEASE READ the following BEFORE coming to the District Office, which is located at 101 West Cochran Street.

Kindergarten Enrollments - If enrolling in your neighborhood school for Kindergarten, please contact that school directly.

Universal Transitional Kindergarten enrollments for the 2022-2023 school year will be accepted beginning on January 18, 2022. Enrollments must be submitted at the District Office - NOT at a school site. We ask that you submit your application package by April 22, 2022 to ensure your assignment in May. We will accept applications after that date, but late applicants run the risk of being assigned to a school out of their area, or being waitlisted. 

  1. JK/Universal TK packets MUST be complete to submit. Please find link to the packet on this page under "Enrollment Forms."
  2. REQUIRED documents include:
    1. JK/UTK Enrollment Packet
    2. Birth Certificate
    3. Immunization Records - the most current to date
    4. Proof of Simi Valley Residency
    5. Oral Health Assessment Form/Waiver
  3. We would prefer you bringing photocopies of all documents. 
  4. Please note that your child will NOT BE ALLOWED TO ATTEND SCHOOL until all of his/her immunizations are up-to-date. (The first day of school for the 2022-2023 school year is August 10, 2022.)
  5. JK/Universal TK  is a voluntary public education program and does NOT offer School of Choice.

Kindergarten Flier

Are You Looking for Great Kindergarten Programs? 

This year, our Kindergarten Information Night events were held over Zoom in a webinar format. We recorded both presentations and the links are below. 

Kindergarten Information Night Video

AGE ELIGIBILITY UNDER CALIFORNIA LAW: Kindergarten is open to children born on or before September 1, 2017.

Junior/Transitional Kindergarten (JK/TK) Information Night Video:

AGE ELIGIBILITY UNDER CALIFORNIA LAW: Universal TK is open to children born on or before September 1, 2018.

LINK TO KINDERGARTEN THROUGH 12TH GRADE ENROLLMENT INFORMATION

2021-2022 GUIDE TO SIMI VALLEY SCHOOLS

Contact Information

For more information on any of our kindergarten programs, contact your neighborhood school during the regular school year (even if you're applying for School of Choice), or call the Educational Services Department at the District office year-round at 805.306.4500, Ext. 4207. You may also email Ana Maria Portillo (Educational Services Department) at ana.portillo@simivalleyusd.org.

Information about before- and after-school programs operated on our campuses can be found HERE.