• Blended Preschool Program

    Thank you for your interest in the Blended Preschool Program.  All Blended Preschool Sites are full at this time and we are no longer taking applications for the 2023-24 school year.     

    Before applying for the Blended Preschool Program, please review the Blended Preschool Handbook carefully for detailed information, age requirements, and expectations for our program.  

    2023-24 Blended Preschool Handbook


    If your child meets the criteria listed in the Blended Preschool Handbook, you may apply using this link below.  All current peer models wishing to return for the 2023-24 school year MUST reapply. 


    2023-24 Blended Preschool Application

    The Knox County Blended Preschool Program is available at several 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. Students with current IEPs do not need to apply.  This application process is intended for children wishing to be enrolled as peer models only.

    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

    Adrian Burnett Elementary

    Bonny Kate Elementary

    Brickey McCloud Elementary

    Cedar Bluff Preschool

    Christenberry Elementary

    Copper Ridge Elementary

    Dogwood Elementary

    East Knox Elementary

    Fair Garden Family Center

    Fort Sanders Educational Development Center

    Gibbs Elementary

    Halls Elementary

    Karns Elementary

    Lonsdale Elementary

    Mill Creek Elementary (Opening Sept. 2023 pending KCS Board Approval)

    Mooreland Heights Elementary (pending KCS Board Approval)

    Northshore Elementary

    Sunnyview Primary

    West Haven Elementary

    West Hills Elementary



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

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