Programs and Services

Trasitional Kindergarten or TK Program

Please also visit the school district's website for more information regarding Transitional Kindergarten.

Marvin Elementary's kindergarten program features "Transitional Kindergarten" classrooms. These classes are composed of children who turn five September 2nd - December 2nd.

Our Transitional Kindergarten (TK) classes use the same curriculum and standards as our kindergarten classes. What makes this program different is that the children are neither expected, nor required to be proficient in all kindergarten areas. The TK students are exposed to the kindergarten curriculum, but the main focus of their lessons are the behaviors and skills required to master the curriculum, rather than the curriculum itself. The TK students are learning how to be students.

Generally speaking, the children in the TK class are younger. These are students who begin the year as four year olds, although some of the students are of kindergarten age. 

Marvin's Transitional Kindergarten program has proven to be enormously successful. The year that these students spent in the TK program taught them how to be strong, successful students.

Choice Program

The San Diego Unified School District Choice Program provides students with the opportunity to attend a school other than their neighborhood school. The school choice program allows students to apply to any school within the San Diego Unified School District, with the exception of Magnet Schools. Learn more. 

Gift and Talented Education (GATE)

GATE is a California Program which provides challenging curriculum and instruction to identified students. Students are identified by district psychologists who administer tests to all 2nd graders and students who are new to our school in grades 3, 4 and 5. The results determine placement in the GATE program for the following year and through grade 12.

GATE cluster classes contain groupings of gifted and high-achieving students in a classroom with a GATE certified teacher. GATE funds are used to design and deliver supplemental differentiated programs. Learn more.

Instrumental Music

A district-sponsored program brings an instrumental music instructor to the school twice a week to give lessons to interested 4th and 5th grade students. Learn more.


We are proud to have a school library containing a wonderful collection of fiction, non-fiction and reference materials. Each class visits the library once a week and students have the opportunity to check out books to read at home or in the classroom. The library provides resources to teachers and parents, and teaches students library and research skills. 

Physical Education

Every classroom participates in a physical education program. While participating in age-appropriate physical activities, students are taught sportsmanship skills. 

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