TP Program

TP Program 

TP Crayons
 A Gift of Time for Development
 
Transitional Primary is a full-day program that serves as a bridge between kindergarten and first grade for those students who seem to need more time to mature before they face the challenges of first grade.  Readiness is NOT associated with intelligence or any handicap. Many of our TP students have later gone into our REACH program for gifted students.  Readiness may be best understood as parents know that some children get their teeth months before others but all can chew later.  Some children walk months before others, but the date of the childrens first step is NOT correlated with athletic prowess. The purpose of the program is to provide a year after kindergarten for a child to become developmentally ready for a successful first grade experience.  The goal of the program is to foster positive self esteem in a nurturing environment that affords the child opportunities for intellectual, social, emotional and physical development.   Youngness in one or more of these areas can effect a childs readiness for first grade.  

The Gesell Developmental Assessment, administered by a Hillsborough teacher, trained by the Gesell Institute, is given to any kindergartener who in April is displaying young behaviors as observed by the childs kindergarten teacher. Verification of a childs developmental age of 5 ½ or younger, as measured by the Gesell Developmental Assessment, and parental approval are required for a child to be eligible for participation in the TP program. 

TP has been available as an option for Hillsborough children since 1989.  The first group of TP students was graduated from high school in June of 2002.  At that time, results of a longitudinal study were presented to the Board of Education and the public to demonstrate program effectiveness.   The study found that 83% of the TP students went on to two or four-year colleges including Drexel, Emerson, Rutgers, Temple and the Universities of Delaware, Maryland and Massachusetts.  22% of the TP students were invited into the National Honor Society. Additionally, 11% of the TP students participated in the Gifted and Talented Program. In comparison,  those student who were recommended for the TP Program but who did not participate had a 33% retention rate, a higher rate of Special Education Classification, lower attendance at 2 and 4 year colleges , and a lower rate of gifted students. Results indicated that the TP participants benefited from the Transitional Primary Program and performed as well as or better than the children who were deemed ready for first grade.
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