Voluntary Pre-K Applications
Application information for the 2019-2020 school year is currently available. For application materials and requirements, please go to "Apply for Voluntary Pre-K" tab located on the left.Dogwood andFort Sanders.
Our MissionKnox County Schools believes children begin learning before they begin Kindergarten. Our mission is to prepare children and their families to be kindergarten ready. Early years are learning years.
Our VisionPreparing children for the future involves meeting the child at their developmental level and moving them forward though active learning experiences. Teaching the whole child includes areas of self-awareness, social and emotional development, self-help and independence, physical development, creative arts, as well as language, literacy, science and mathematics.Working with families is vital to student success. Parents and families are important teachers for their children and key partners with school staff as together we envision a successful school career.
Curriculum standards (Connect 4 Learning) and state standards (Tennessee Early Learning and Developmental Standards) align with Kindergarten Common Core Standards.
Eligibility for Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten
Children must be four years of age on or before August 15th of the current year. Students will be chosen based on a weighted application. The focus is to enroll students in the underserved population, which includes children identified as ‘at-risk’. At-risk factors include family income, family structure, and special family situations. (These areas are determined to meet the State Department of Education guidelines.)
Typical at-risk factors include custody other than parent, single parent, foster care, homeless, below free and reduced lunch, above Head Start guidelines, no previous group experience, subsidized housing, special education services, limited English (ELL), divorce, deaths, criminal history, health problems, mental illness, teen parent, and family member incarcerated among other considerations. Each factor contributing to the at-risk nature of the student is considered.