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Welcome to the first big milestone in their academic journey!


Entering TK and Kindergarten is a big step for families. We understand how important it is to make sure your child is set up to succeed. In Downey Unified, our goal is simple. We want to spark an interest in education which will last your child a lifetime!

What Downey Unified has to offer:

We are a 21st Century Learning Community...
Our students have technology integrated unto their daily instructional time. We have a 2:1 iPad ratio for students at each of our elementary schools


We are a CHARACTER COUNTS! District...
Downey Unified is proud to be a model Character Counts! school district.  Our commitment to character is unsurpassed!  All of our schools follow the Six Pillars of Character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility Fairness, Caring and Citizenship.
STEAM is at our Core...
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) is integrated into our schools’ transitional kindergarten through twelfth grade classrooms.  This gives students the opportunity to apply their skills and talents from the areas of STEAM while solving real-world problem.
What is Transitional Kindergarten (TK) ?
Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is a program for 4-year-olds who turn 5 between September 2nd and December 2nd. It is designed to be a bridge into kindergarten.
We have the best teachers and staff...

Downey Unified is proud to provide the highest salary to our teaching staff compared to other districts across the county.  This guarantees that all Downey Unified teachers and staff are the best and the brightest, and will provide your student with a high quality of education and an engaging learning environment that incorporates 21st Century skills. 

Get to know our students

We are readers, writers, mathematicians, thinkers, artists, scientists, helpers, and friends.

We learn our letters and sounds and how to read real books.

We learn how to hold a pencil, write letters and words to make sentences. Then we learn how to use technology to write stories and create books that we make using apps on iPads to express our opinions.

We learn how and why to count numbers and how counting helps us in our everyday lives.

We learn how to understand what a number really means and how to put two numbers together.

We use our iPads to take pictures, make our own books and record what we want to say as authors. We use our iPads to explain our learning and share our work with our teacher and classmates.

With our STEAM teachers, we learn the elements of art and how to be an artist.  We learn to make our own games and our own spinners. We also learn about the parts of our bodies and all about animals.

We learn about famous people, plants, holidays, and lots of other things by listening to and talking about books read to us.

We learn how to be friends and get along with others.

We learn to solve problems.

We learn to be independent.

We learn to share and take turns.

We learn and explore the world around us.

We learn that school and learning is fun.

Samples of Work

Our Kindergarten students use Poplet, an app, to organize and show their thinking in a creative and visual way. They then publish their creations on Seesaw for teachers and peers.  This digital “classroom” allows them to share and comment on their classmates work in an easy-to-use platform.

Used by Kindergarten and first-grade students, PicCollege is used for students to creatively showcase their comprehension of different content. Student can create their own unique visuals with pictures and text.  These are also shared on Seesaw.

Kindergarten student use letter manipulatives (magnetic letters) to build words to help them in their process of learning to read.  This process is a great teaching tool in helping students build literacy, giving them a way to interact with the alphabet through hands on activities.

Kindergarten students are given a collection of objects to count to assist them in understand mathematics. This activity can be used for many different mathematical purposes, such as: number names, order of numbers, one-to-one correspondence, name symbol relation and base 10 structure.  Counting collections give children the opportunity to make sense of concepts and practice counting in a real context.

School Locations

Alameda Elementary

Gallatin Elementary

Gauldin Elementary

Imperial Elementary

Lewis Elementary

Price Elementary

Rio Hondo Elementary

Rio San Gabriel Elementary

Unsworth Elementary

Ward Elementary

Williams Elementary