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Universal Transitional Kindergarten (UTK)

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The UTK Pre-Enrollment Parent Workshops were held on January 10 and 11, 2024. To view the informative presentation slides on how to enroll in UTK, please click on this link: Parent Guide for 2024-2025 UTK Enrollment.  The UTK "Priority" Enrollment was from January 22, 2024 to February 2, 2024.


The answers to the Frequently Asked Questions can be found at this link:  UTK FAQ for School Year 2024-2025


What is Universal Transitional Kindergarten?  Universal Transitional Kindergarten is a new grade level preceding Kindergarten and it is open to all pupils turning 4 by September 1.    

CA legislation has updated the age requirements for students who are entering Universal Transitional Kindergarten. By the 2025-2026 school year, students turning 4 by September 1st will be offered Universal Transitional Kindergarten at all sites.

While parents are welcome to apply for Choice to UTK, we anticipate that seats will be limited.  Parents are urged, therefore, to pre-enroll in the school of residence in addition to applying for Choice for the best chance at an offer of enrollment.  Enrollment into UTK via Choice will not be communicated until after resident enrollment has been confirmed, likely to take place in early spring.

The following dedicated Magnet schools will only enroll UTK pupils via Choice, as these schools do not have traditional boundaries:  Barnard, Longfellow, Mountain View and Muir Language Academy.

For school year 2024-2025, UTK is offered at all elementary schools with the exception of Language Academy, Logan Memorial Education Campus and Mt. Everest.  


  • The District also offers a Part-Day State-Subsidized Early Learning Program at 17 school sites and an Extended-Day Early Learning Program at Central Elementary for 3 and 4-year old children for qualifying families.
  • Families that do not income-qualify for the State-Subsidized Preschool Program may be offered a seat at one of the School Readiness Programs at the following 9 school sites based on availability: Balboa, Clairemont Canyons*, Dingeman, Ericson, Jones, Kumeyaay, Miller, Normal Heights and Rodriguez. (*Clairemont Canyons offers both a State Preschool program and a School Readiness program.)
  • Children who turn 5 years old on or by September 1 are age-eligible for Kindergarten and will not be enrolled in UTK.





  • Students born between September 2, 2019 and September 1, 2020
  • San Diego Unified resident students

Note: Students must be 4 years old by September 1, 2024 to be eligible for 2024-2025 UTK.






  • San Diego Unified Resident Students
  • Date of Birth


  • Priority Choice Students (In-District)
    1. Siblings
    2. Children of Site Employees
  • Overflow List
  • Choice Students - No Sibling (In-District)
  • Out-of-District Students








  • Birth Certificate
  • Proof of Residence
  • Up-to-date Immunization
  • IEP, if applicable




The UTK PRE-ENROLLMENT PARENT WORKSHOPS were held via Zoom on the following dates:

  • January 10, 2024 at 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
  • January 11, 2024 at 10:00 am – 11:00 am

To view the informative presentation slides on how to enroll, please click on this link:  Parent Guide for UTK Enrollment 2024-2025





FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)




To learn more about the Universal Transitional Kindergarten, please read the UTK FAQ for school year 2024-2025 (Frequently Asked Questions).

SDUSD strongly urges parents to ensure their child is fully potty-trained before attending UTK. Please read the Potty Training Guide. 




Universal Transitional Kindergarten (UTK) is offered at all San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) Elementary and K-8 schools with the exception of Language Academy, Logan Memorial Education Campus and Mt Everest.

List of UTK School Sites for School Year 2024-2025

Map of UTK School Sites for School Year 2024-2025





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