Transitional Kindergarten at Madison Elementary

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Transitional Kindergarten at Madison Elementary
OSD Transitional Kindergarten

Our new Transitional Kindergarten (TK) pilot program is off and running at Madison Elementary School! TK provides free full-day schooling for students who have not participated in a regular early childhood program. This program is designed to support students who face barriers to future school success. Students can be eligible to participate in this program the spring semester prior to their kindergarten year.


Our TK pilot program is located at Madison ES and staffed by a teacher and paraprofessional using developmentally-appropriate curricula. There are spaces for up to 18 students in the classroom. Interested in enrolling your child? Space is still available and applications continue to be accepted from across the Olympia School District.


“We are so lucky to have such an exceptional team supporting these students and families. I would like to offer a big 'Thank You’' to the Madison Elementary staff and community for welcoming our Transitional Kindergarten program into their building. We are looking into the possibility of continuing to offer this exciting program for the 2023-24 school year,” said Thomas Parnell, Assistant Director of Student Support for Early Learning.


OSD's Transitional Kindergarten program is designed to meet the needs of students who have not had access to a regular early childhood program. Olympia School District is committed to non-competition with community-based regular early childhood programs.


If you are a parent/guardian who is interested in learning more about the Olympia School District TK program, or submitting an application for your child, please visit our Transitional Kindergarten webpage.


We were lucky enough to get into the TK classroom earlier this week to see how things were going. It was quite apparent after about 30 seconds that this was going to be the highlight of our week! Students were attentive, inquisitive, happy, frustrated, chatty and pretty much any other big feeling or emotion you can name. All age appropriate. One thing you could not miss were the smiles on the faces of the 15+ students as they went about their business in the classroom. It was heartwarming. You don’t have to take our word for it, check out our Facebook Photo Album that features photos and videos from our TK classroom!