• School Start and Dismissal Times

    Early Release Days


    (Updated Feb. 9, 2024) 

    Knox County Schools will include four early-release days for students in the 2023-24 school year. This initiative is designed to improve student learning outcomes by providing regular, designated times for teachers to prepare lessons, evaluate student progress, work together and receive professional development.

    Dismissal times on the six early release days will not be the same as on half-days. Early-release times will be:

    • 11:15 a.m. (Pre-K);
    • 12:30 p.m. (Grades K-5); and
    • 1:30 p.m. (Grades 6-12).


    They will be held on the following days:

    • Aug. 16, 2023
    • Sept. 20, 2023
    • Nov. 15, 2023
    • Jan. 24, 2024


    Dismissal Times for Full-Days and Half-Days

    All Preschool Programs


    Full Day: 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    1/2 Day Dismissal Time: Communicate with teacher on dismissal time
     
    At the following schools:
    • Adrian Burnett Elementary
    • Amherst Elementary
    • Bearden Elementary
    • Belle Morris Elementary
    • Bonny Kate Elementary
    • Brickey-McCloud Elementary
    • Carter Elementary
    • Cedar Bluff Preschool
    • Christenberry Elementary
    • Copper Ridge Elementary
    • Dogwood Elementary
    • East Knox County Elementary
    • Fair Garden Family Center
    • Fort Sanders Educational Development Center
    • Gibbs Elementary
    • Halls Elementary
    • Inskip Elementary
    • Karns Preschool
    • Lonsdale Elementary
    • Maynard Elementary
    • Mill Creek Elementary
    • Mooreland Heights Elementary
    • Northshore Elementary
    • Pleasant Ridge Elementary
    • Pond Gap Elementary
    • Sarah Moore Greene Magnet Academy
    • South Knox Elementary
    • Spring Elementary
    • Sunnyview Elementary 
    • West Haven Elementary 
    • West Hills Elementary
    • West View Elementary


    Kindergarten-Grade 5


    Full Day: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
    1/2 Day Dismissal Time: 11:15 a.m.
     
    Elementary School Exceptions:
    • Lonsdale Elementary School: 7:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

     

    Middle School


    Full Day: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    1/2 Day Dismissal Time: Noon
     
     

    High School


    High Schools
    Routine School Hours
    1/2 Day Dismissal Times
    Exceptions
    Austin-East 8:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. Noon NA
    Bearden 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Noon NA
    Career Magnet Academy 9:25 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 1 p.m. NA
    Carter 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Noon NA
    Central 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Noon NA
    Farragut 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Noon NA
    Fulton 8:25 a.m - 3:30 p.m. Noon
    2 p.m. Early Release Wednesdays
    Gibbs 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Noon NA
    Halls 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Noon NA
    Hardin Valley Academy 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Noon M-F 7 a.m. Early Instruction
    Karns 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Noon M-F 7 a.m. Early Instruction
    Dr. Paul Kelley Volunteer Academy
    8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Noon NA 
    L & N STEM Academy 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 1 p.m.
    3:30 p.m. Early Release Mondays
    Powell 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Noon
    (9:00 a.m. Late Arrival Wednesdays
    South-Doyle 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Noon M-F 7 a.m. Early Instruction
    West 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Noon NA
     
      

    Other Centers/Schools


    Early dismissal times could vary depending on bus schedules.
     
    Location
    Full Day
    1/2 Day Dismissal Time
    Fair Garden Family Community Center 7:10 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. 11:15 a.m.
    Fort Sanders Educational Dev. Center 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. 10:30/11 a.m.
    Knoxville Adaptive Educational Center (KAEC) 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Noon
    Richard Yoakley School 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Noon
    Ridgedale School 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Noon