Voluntary Pre-K Applications
Please continue to check our "Apply for Voluntary Pre K" page for updates on VPK Round Up. At this time, all Round-Up dates will be rescheduled for when we return to school. We will post dates and times when we have finalized them.Tentative date is May 12 with several locations onMay 14.You may continue to email or fax applications.If you are interested in your child attending our VPK program for the 2020-2021 school year you may download the application on the "Apply for Voluntary Pre K" page and return it and the required documents to our office.If you would like to send an application electronically for the 2020-2021 school year, you may fax it to 865-594-9579 or email the application directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.We will notify families at the beginning of June regarding acceptance into our program.Parents or guardians may also mail the application to our office.
Our mailing address is:
Knox County Schools
Attn: VPK Office/Teresa Parsons
912 South Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902The last day for applications for the 2019-2020 school year will be April 24, 2019. If you are interested in a program for the current school year, please contact our office.
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.