Full-day kindergarten coming to all Saddleback Valley Unified elementary schools

Add Saddleback Valley Unified School District to those moving to a full day of kindergarten at all of its district elementary schools.

District leaders recently announced that all 24 elementary schools will adopt the longer instructional day in all kindergarten classes beginning this fall.

students pose for a photo inside a classroomLast week, we featured Tustin Unified School District’s effort to provide a full day of kindergarten at all of its elementary campuses.

Saddleback Valley officials said that in addition to the current rigorous kindergarten program, full-day kindergarten increases time for research-based instruction on both developmental and social skills.

“Trying to fit in all that needs to be taught, both academically and developmentally in only half a day of instruction is difficult.  Full-day kindergarten offers teachers more time to meet student needs and has been an ongoing request from our parent community,” Superintendent Crystal Turner said.

“We appreciate the collaboration with our teachers and value the partnership between SVUSD and the Saddleback Valley Educators Association that allowed for the creation of this opportunity for all kindergarten students in the 2019-2020 school year,” she added.

Parents with additional questions can contact their individual campus.