Higher Learning Academy is excited to announce the implementation of a Transitional Kindergarten Program for our students. A transitional kindergarten is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program that uses a modified kindergarten curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate.  This program is open to students who are too young to be accepted for the traditional Kindergarten program with its new age cut off of September 2nd. A child is eligible for transitional kindergarten if a child will have his or her fifth birthday between September 2nd and December 2nd. The program is a half day morning program.

Space is limited for the program, so please complete and submit your application as soon as possible. Applications are available here and from the HLA office.

Thank you!

David Patterson, Ed.D.



Early Kindergarten students are often academically, emotionally, and socially not ready for the today’s traditional kindergarten. With the rigor of today’s California Content Standards, our students may need additional time to adjust to what is expected in kindergarten. The program gives these kindergarten students “the gift of time” to develop the social, emotional, and academic skills necessary to build self-confidence and promote success in school and success beyond their school years.


Transitional Kindergarten is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program. The environment includes appropriate curriculum opportunities for language development, foundations of mathematics, and social-emotional development through dramatic play, small group instruction, and intentional teaching through hands-on activities to achieve readiness for traditional kindergarten. Traditional kindergarten is a one year program with a curriculum based on the California Content Standards.