2020-2021 Blended Preschool Handbook and Application 

    The Knox County Blended Preschool Program is available at 16 sites across the district. These classes are inclusive/blended education classes for children ages 3-5. Up to eight peer models will be enrolled at each site to serve as peer helpers and models to students with disabilities. The blended preschool classroom is a structured teaching environment where students with disabilities and peer models learn together in a classroom staffed with one special education teacher and at least one educational assistant. The Knox County Schools Blended Preschool Program is a high-quality program offering preschoolers, with and without disabilities, challenging experiences and opportunities to develop skills and abilities in a nurturing environment.  All Knox County Schools preschool classrooms follow the Connect 4 Learning curriculum, a language rich curriculum focusing on science and math with literacy and social/emotional components embedded throughout. More information about the Connect 4 Learning curriculum can be found at https://www.kaplanco.com/c4l/


    The peer model application process is not intended for students already identified with an educational disability.


    Blended Preschool Locations:

    Amherst Elementary

    Bonny Kate Elementary

    Brickey McCloud Elementary

    Cedar Bluff Preschool

    Copper Ridge Elementary

    Dogwood Elementary

    East Knox Elementary

    Fair Garden Family Center

    Fort Sanders Educational Development Center

    Gibbs Elementary

    Halls Elementary

    Karns Elementary

    Northshore Elementary

    Sam E. Hill Elementary

    West Haven Elementary

    West Hills Elementary


    Completed applications must be submitted by Friday, April 10, 2020 to be considered for the first round of enrollment via email at blendedpreschool@knoxschools.org, or by mail at Fort Sanders Educational Development Center, c/o Blended Preschool, 501 S. 21st Street, Knoxville, TN 37916.


    Questions? Contact us via email at blendedpreschool@knoxschools.org or by phone at 865-594-5035.


    Children of Knox County Schools employees and those currently enrolled in the program will be given first priority. Parents will be notified if their child is selected to participate by May 22, 2020.  Students who do not get an initial slot will be placed on a waiting list.  


    Knox County Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, creed, color, or ethnicity.