Transitional Kindergarten

A Path to Kindergarten

At Holy Trinity Catholic Church and School, we understand that each child is unique and may require additional support as they transition to Kindergarten. That’s why we offer Transitional Kindergarten (TK) – a specialized class designed for five-year-olds who need extra time to prepare for the next step in their educational journey.

TK follows a literacy-based curriculum that allows students to play and interact in a Catholic learning environment. Most importantly, teachers build relationships with students and their families to deliver developmentally appropriate experiences and prepare students for Kindergarten. Students receive progress folios during the school year.

Teachers host conferences with students, parents, and guardians during the fall and spring semesters and assess Physical, Social, Emotional, Intellectual, and Language Development.


Holy Trinity Catholic School offers one TK class for up to 15 half-day and full-day students. Students must be five years of age on or before September 15 of a school year to enroll.

Half-day TK is taught by a certified teacher, Monday through Friday from 12:00 to 3:20 p.m.

Full-day TK is Monday through Friday from 8:05 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. Students join our DHS-licensed Kids Connection extended care program during the first half of the day, and a certified teacher guides instructions during the second half of the day.

Extended Care is available before school at 6:30 a.m., after school until 5:45 p.m., and during some school closures. Learn more about Kids Connection.

Early Childhood Education

Early childhood education is a continuum of programs, services, and classes designed to support children with brain development, cognitive function, and social-emotional growth before beginning Kindergarten. Learn more.

Iowa Early Learning Standards

Physical Well-Being & Motor Development:

  • Healthy and Safe Living
  • Large Motor Development
  • Fine Motor Development.

Approaches to Learning:

  • Curiosity and Initiative
  • Engagement and Persistence
  • Reasoning and Problem Solving
  • Play and Senses

Social & Emotional Development:

  • Self
  • Self-Regulation
  • Relationships with Adults
  • Relationships with Children

Communication, Language, and Literacy:

  • Language Understanding and Use
  • Early Literacy
  • Early Writing


  • Comparison
  • Numbers
  • Operations
  • Patterns
  • Shapes and Spatial Relationships
  • Measurement
  • Data analysis


  • Scientific Reasoning
  • Scientific Investigations
  • Scientific Communication

Creative Arts:

  • Art
  • Music
  • Rhythm and Movement
  • Dramatic Play

Social Studies:

  • Awareness of family and community
  • Awareness of culture
  • Awareness of the relationship between people and the environment in which they live
  • Awareness of the past