• Frequently Asked Questions

    Q. What is a Magnet School?

    A. Magnet Schools can be defined as schools which provide unique learning opportunities in a specific area or theme not offered at other Knox County Schools.

    Q. What themes are offered?

    A.
    Elementary Schools   
    • Beaumont Magnet Academy - Honors, Fine Arts and Museum
    • Green Magnet Academy - STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics)
    • Sarah Moore Greene Magnet Academy - Media and Communications
    Middle School
    • Vine Middle Magnet School - STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics)
       
    High School
    • Austin East Magnet High School - Performing Arts
    • Career Magnet Academy - Work Certifications and associates degree from PSCC
    • Fulton Magnet School of Communications (FulCom) - Media and Communications
    • STEM Academy - a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
    • West High School - International Baccalaureate

    Q. Where are the schools located?

    A.
    Beaumont Honors Magnet Academy:

    Take I-40 East to I-275 North (keep straight at the I-640 East Exit). Take the I-275 North

    exit to the Baxter Avenue West Exit. Turn left onto Baxter Avenue. Stay to the right and

    turn between the Pilot and Spur Gasoline stations onto Beaumont Avenue. The school is

    just ahead on the right.


    Green Math and Sciences Magnet Academy:

    Take I-40 East to James White Parkway (keep straight at the I-640 East Exit) and take the

    Summit Hill exit. Turn left onto Summit Hill. Continue on Summit Hill through the first

    traffic light and go approximately one block. Turn right onto Townview Drive. School is

    located in the center of Townview Drive on the left.


    Sarah Moore Greene Magnet Technology Academy:

    Take I-40 East to James White Parkway (keep straight at the I-640 East Exit) and take the

    Summit Hill exit. Turn left onto Summit Hill. Stay on Summit Hill through the second

    traffic light. The road now becomes Dandridge Avenue. Stay on Dandridge Avenue until

    you come to a 5-way stop. Veer left onto Brooks Road. The School is approximately

    two miles down on the left.


    Vine Middle Magnet School:

    Take I-40 East to James White Parkway (keep straight at the I-640 East Exit) and take the

    Summit Hill exit. Turn left onto Summit Hill. Go to the second traffic light and turn left

    onto Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. The school is directly ahead on the left.


    Austin East Magnet High School:

    Take I-40 East to James White Parkway (keep straight at the I-640 East Exit) and take the

    Summit Hill exit. Turn left onto Summit Hill. Go to the second traffic light and turn left
    onto Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. The school is 2 miles down on the right.

    Q. Do I have to pay to send my child to a School of Choice?

    A. No. Magnet Schools are part of the Knox County School System, there is no tuition cost to the student.

    Q. What commitment do parents have to make for their children to attend a Magnet School?


    A. There is overwhelming evidence that parental involvement has a direct connection to a student’s success. Upon acceptance, parents are asked to make a commitment to their children's academics, attendance and behavior.

    Q. Is transportation provided?

    A. Designated bus stops are located throughout Knox County. Parents are responsible for transporting students to and from those stops in the morning and afternoon. For more information on bus stops, contact the transportation department at 594-1550.

    Who may apply?

    A. All out-of-zone students interested in any of the unique programming at a Magnet School may apply during the Application and Transfer Period, before February 17th, 2015 at 4pm. In-zone students automatically receive a seat in the Magnet School in which they are zoned.

    Q. Where can I get an application for a Magnet School?


    A. Applications are available in the office at all Knox County Magnet Schools, our website, and the downtown office during the Transfer Period. At your request, an application may be mailed to your home. For more information, contact the Magnet Office at (865) 594-1731.

    Q. How do I apply?

    A. The application and transfer must be completed during the Transfer Period, before February 17th, 2015 at 4pm. Information must be postmarked by the deadline for students to be eligible.

    Q. What happens after I apply?


    A. All applications are processed in the Magnet Office. Seats will be determined by a randomized-computer drawing in the Transfer Office. Parents will be notified when seats have been assigned.

    Students interested in Beaumont Honors Academy must meet academic eligibility requirements to participate in the Honors Program.  After applications have been processed, the Magnet Office will contact parents to confirm a convenient testing time and date.

    There are no testing requirements to apply for the Beaumont Fine Arts and Museum Programs or any other Schools of Choice. 
    Green Magnet Academy Beaumont Magnet Academy Sarah Moore Greene Magnet Technology Academy Vine Middle Magnet School Austin East Magnet School L&M Stem Academy Fulton High School West High School Career Magnet Academy