Everything you need to know about applying for prekindergarten

Nashville families can apply for prekindergarten classes for the 2014-2015 school year during the Pre-K Application Period, April 14-21.

2014 PreK Application headerApplying for pre-k is a simple, three step process for parents:

  1. Choose Where They Want to Go to Pre-k There are 63 Metro pre-k sites for the 2014-15 school year. A complete list of sites is available online. Depending on the kind of program and how it is funded, different families will be eligible for different programs. A description of those programs and eligibility requirements is online.
  2. Get the Right Paperwork Together
    1. Birth Certificate – Students must turn four on or before August 15, 2014
    2. Up to Date Immunization Record - View the immunization requirements online.
    3. Proof of a Physical – This must be within 12 months of the first day of school, August 6, 2014.
    4. Proof of Davidson County Residency – This could be a utility or telephone bill, lease or homeowner’s policy.
    5. Proof of Income – Tax forms like the 1040, 1040A or W2 will do. It could also be other documentation from the government like a Families First case number or food stamps.
  3. Apply at a School The school parents choose to attend is the school where they go to apply. School staff will give them an application packet, which they can complete and turn in with the documentation. School staff will then schedule a time for the child’s pre-k assessment. This assessment gives schools information about a child’s development that is used to help teachers develop instruction.

School Hours for Application Monday, April 14 - Monday, April 21, 2014 - 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, 2014 - 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 18, 2014 - Closed

Families will receive notification of enrollment status in May. Waiting lists will remain active throughout the school year. School sites will continue to accept applications throughout the year for eligible applicants. There is no advantage to being the first to apply.

Pre-k sites for the 2014-2015 school year include the two new model pre-k centers at Ross and Bordeaux Elementary Schools, as well as new pre-k classrooms at Casa Azafran community center on Nolensville Road. Metro Schools educators will work closely with researchers at Vanderbilt University to develop the programs at these new pre-k sites. These sites will model best practices and serve as professional development centers for other pre-k teachers in the district. They will focus on interactions between students and teachers, academic preparation, social and emotional development, individualized instruction for all students and wrap-around services for families.

Parents can make the most of their child’s prekindergarten experience by visiting iTrails.org, a new website from Metro Schools and Alignment Nashville with lessons parents can teach at home, as well as several guides for kindergarten readiness.

If parents have additional questions about prekindergarten, they can call the Customer Service Center at 259-INFO (4636). There will also be an online live chat with Metro Schools pre-k leaders this Thursday, April 10 at noon.