• Applying for Voluntary Pre-K

    Children must be 4 by August 15 to attend during the 2022-2023 school year. 

    Applications for Pre-Kindergarten classes will begin to be accepted in April of each school year. Applications can be submitted at any time throughout the year. Once our available spots are filled, applicants will be placed on a waiting list. Students may be accepted into our VPK program throughout the year as spaces become available. Brochures are available on our website regarding details about our Pre-K classes.

    Applications may be downloaded or you may have an application mailed to you by calling 865-594-1529 and requesting the application. Applications should also be available at your zoned school.

    The following items are needed to complete the application.  Please turn these in with the completed Income Verification Form and Application. We cannot complete the application process without all of the required documents.

    • Proof of residency in Knox County - Utility Statement, rent agreement, etc.
    • Proof of income - W2 or Check Stub(s)
    • Pre-K Application (See Forms Section)
    • Income Eligibility Form (See Forms Section) 
  • Voluntary Pre-K Files


  • Registration Requirements

    Children entering the Pre-K programs shall be four years of age on or before August 15th of the current school year.  If a child has turned 5 on or before August 15th of the current year, they are eligible for kindergarten.  According to our funding requirements, they may not attend Pre-K if they have already turned 5.  

    The purpose of the program is to provide students residing in Knox County with a positive, developmentally appropriate, hands-on learning experience.

    Voluntary Pre-K Information:

    First priority will be given to those children who meet an income eligibility guideline.

    • An application process is used to determine those students most in need of the Pre-K program.
    • Families will be notified at least two weeks prior to the start of the program.  The families who are placed on a waiting list will be notified by mail.  
    • Students will enter on a staggered schedule designed by the classroom teacher (attending two days during the first 10 days of school).
    • Students must maintain a 95% attendance rate (see Attendance Policy).

     

    Other:

    If space is available, others may be enrolled who meet the following criteria:

    • Receive special education services.
    • Are non-English speakers.
    • Are in state custody.
    • Have a history of abuse/neglect.


    Following enrollment of the above students, others applications will be accepted as space permits.  These spaces will be filled after the 25th day of the school year.


  • 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.

  • Kindergarten Round-Up Dates and Times

    Schools

    Date

    Information

    Cedar Bluff Elementary

    April 11

    4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

     

    Amherst Elementary

    April 12

    3:30 - 6:00 p.m.

     

    Belle Morris Elementary

    April 12

    3:15 - 5:00 p.m.

     

    Carter Elementary

    April 12

    3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

     

    Copper Ridge Elementary

    April 12

    2:00 - 6:00 p.m.

     

    East Knox Elementary

    April 12

    4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

     

    Halls Elementary

    April 12

    3:30 - 6:00 p.m.

     

    Mooreland Heights Elementary

    April 12

    3:00 - 6:00 p.m.

     

    Pleasant Ridge Elementary

    April 12

    3:30 - 5:300 p.m.

     

    Ritta Elementary

    April 12

    4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

     

    Sunnyview Primary

    April 12

    3:30-5:30 p.m.

     

    West Haven Elementary

    April 12

    3:30 - 6:00 p.m.

     

    West Hills Elementary

    April 12

    4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

     

    West View Elementary

    April 12

    9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

    3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

     

    Fort Sanders

    April 13

    1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

     

    Karns Elementary

    April 13

    3:15 - 5:45 p.m.

     

    Fair Garden Family Center

    April 14

    4:00 - 6 p.m.

     

    Gibbs Elementary

    April 14

    3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

     

    Bonny Kate

    April 19

    4:00 - 6:00 p.m.