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All Day Transitional Kindergarten

The goal of our TK program is to provide a fun, positive, small-group setting that encourages a love of learning, provides a sense of community and prepares your child for Kindergarten.

Children must be age 4 by September 1st to apply for All Day Transitional Kindergarten.


Our Transitional Kindergarten is taught by a full-time teacher and a full-time instructional aide.

Allison Wiley Allison Torok Transitional Kindergarten
Allison Wiley

Allison Torok

Transitional Kindergarten

Received B.A. in Sociology from UC Davis and a Master in Education from National University.

Before joining St. James School as its Transitional Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Torok taught TK at Holy Cross Academy and Pre-K at the Davis Montessori School.

Donna Murray Donna Murphy Transitional Kindergarten
Instructional Aide
Michele Banister Michele Banister Reading Resource Specialist
Michele Banister

Michele Banister

Reading Resource Teacher and Educational Achievement Specialist

Received B.A. in Multidisciplinary Studies from Santa Clara University and a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with CLAD certification from Holy Names University.

Before joining the staff of St. James School, Mrs. Banister taught Kindergarten at St. Clare’s Catholic School in Santa Clara and a variety of elementary classrooms in the Davis Joint Unified School District and the Woodland Joint Unified School District.

Each day, students rotate through active learning centers, which focus on important instructional elements that are aligned with Common Core Curriculum Standards.


Tracing letters, shapes and numbers help to develop fine motor skills and develop pencil grip.


Through many fun activities, students become adept at counting objects and number recognition.


Students learn to identify upper and lower case letters, sort letters and match lower and upper case letters.


Students learn to blend letter sounds to form words.

Our all-day program allows for not only academic instruction, but the equally important free play, which promotes motor coordination, sharing and socialization.

The Gospel drives all we do and say. Respect and kindness are expected. Kind words, kind actions and kind thoughts make St. James TK a great place to be!

Because our TK is all-day, there is time for many weekly enrichment activities with the school’s adjunct teachers:

  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Computers
  • Library
  • Art

Click here to view TK Artwork