Early Learning


Natomas Unified School District offers several Early Learning opportunities for our students.

Early Learning Brochure

Transitional Kindergarten

Transitional Kindergarten  is:

  • Offered to all students who will turn 5 between September 2 and December 2 of the academic year they are enrolling
  • An opportunity for our students to have an additional year of experience working with peers and foundational skills before beginning Kindergarten.
  • Full Day -same hours as Kindergarten approximately 6hrs (7:45-1:40 approx)

Offered across the state, transitional kindergarten (TK) is an exciting educational opportunity for children born in the fall. Transitional kindergarten offers children with birthdays between September and December a developmentally appropriate curriculum aligned with kindergarten standards, taught by credentialed teachers from K-12. TK was created by a new California law called the Kindergarten Readiness Act. Transitional Kindergarten is currently offered at:

  • Bannon Creek Elementary
  • H. Allen Hight Elementary
  • Natomas Park Elementary
  • Witter Ranch Elementary
  • Two Rivers Elementary

To register for Transitional Kindergarten or Kindergarten visit staging.natomasunified.org, any school site or NUSD Education Center at 1901 Arena Blvd For more information on Transitional Kindergarten (TK) http://www.tkcalifornia.org/parents/

Full Day Kindergarten

Kindergarten  is:

  • For students who will turn 5 on or before September 5th of the academic year they are enrolling
  • A California Common Core State Standards aligned academic program which combines direct instruction, small group instruction, hands on activities and the use of technology to provide a rich and well rounded program
  • Full Day- approximately 6hrs (7:45-1:40 approx)

Applications to register for Kindergarten Transition Summer Camp

American Lakes

American Lakes Spanish

Natomas Park Elementary

Natomas Park Elementary Spanish


Natomas School Readiness Preschools:

American Lakes Elementary: 2800 Stonecreek Dr.

Jefferson Elementary: 2001 Pebblewood Dr.

Our free half day (3 hr) School Readiness preschools are led by credentialed teachers. NUSD School Readiness Preschools provide developmentally appropriate experiences with foundational academic and social-emotional skills to prepare students for school success. This program runs from August-May, on the same calendar as our schools. Enrollment priority given to:

  • Students living in the American Lakes, Bannon Creek and Jefferson attendance areas
  • Students who will be 4 on or before September 1st.

All NUSD families are welcome to apply Preschool applications are available at staging.natomasunified.org, all elementary school sites or at the NUSD Education Center, 1901 Arena Blvd-contact 916-567-5516 for information or email schoolreadiness@natomas.k12.ca.us

Completion of an application does not guarantee acceptance. You will be contacted by mail regarding your application status by August 1st , 2014. Completed applications can be faxed to 916-567-5511  or submitted in person to the Education Center at 1901 Arena Blvd,  at the Natomas School Readiness Office located on the American Lakes campus. Park on the side of the Kindergarten yard and follow the path up the side near Beanstalk-follow the blue stars!

2015/16 Preschool Application

2015/16 Preschool Application Spanish

School Readiness 

Our First 5 funded School Readiness Program offers a variety of workshops and parent resources , as well as a preschool program at American Lakes. Contact 916-567-5516 or email schoolreadiness@natomas.k12.ca.us for more information to  get on our information list.