Kindergarten FAQ

Metro nashville public schools kindergarten registration faq

Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) provides kindergarten programs through Davidson County. Below is information on the MNPS Kindergarten Registration process.

is my child eligible for kindergarten registration?

To be eligible for kindergarten, your child must be five (5) years of age on or before August 15th of the school year you intend your child to start kindergarten.

If you have any questions about whether your child qualifies for kindergarten or kindergarten registration, call our Family Information Center at (615)-259-INFO (259-4636). For more information you can also attend the free Kindergarten Readiness Fair on March 2 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

How do i register my child for kindergarten?

Metro Schools will hold kindergarten registration beginning February 11, 2019 for the 2019-2020 school year. If you need information for the 2019-2020 school year, please visit the MNPS website.

To be eligible for kindergarten, children must be five (5) years of age on or before August 15 of the school year a child will start Kindergarten.

Parents will need the following documents and information when you go to register at an MNPS Enrollments Center. 

  • Birth certificate or record of birth

  • Tennessee Immunization Certificate*

  • Proof of a physical - Physical examination must have been perfomed within 1 year of the start of school

  • Proof of Davidson County residency - Current utility bill, telephone, lease or homeowner policy

  • Parent / Guardian photo ID

*Tennessee Certificate of Immunization for your child is required by state law, including the following immunization: 

  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTaP, or DT if appropriate)

  • Hepatitis B (HBV), Poliomyelitis (IPV or OPV) - final dose on or after the 4th birthday

  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (usually given together as MMR) - 2 doses

  • Varicella - 2 doses or a history of the disease Hepatitis A - 2 doses

how do i register my child for mnps prekindergarten program?

Metro Schools will begin the prekindergarten application process beginning March 1, 2018 for the 2018-2019 school year. The Pre-K application weeks will be March 1 – March 29, 2018 (3:30 PM) to be included in the April selection process. If you need  more information for the 2016-2017 school year, please visit the MNPS website.

Registering for Pre-K is EASY! However, it is important to keep in mind there are limited spots in MNPS Pre-K classrooms, and they will fill quickly. That is why we have created COUNTDOWN TO KINDERGARTEN! Whether or not Pre-K is an option for you family, the resources here are intended to help you prepare your child for kindergarten readiness. 

how do i register my child for head start?

Metro Action Commission’s Head Start program provides free preschool education for income-eligible children ages 3-5 years old at 7 Head Start Centers and 3 partner sites throughout Nashville. Families with children that have diagnosed disabilities that impede their learning abilities are also eligible on a case-by- case basis, regardless of household income. To find out if your child is eligible, call Metro Action Commission at 615-862- 8860, extension 70140.

For complete information on Head Start eligibility, locations, and to enroll, visit Metro Action Commission’s Head Start page.

We speak a language other than english at home

If your Kindergarten-eligible child is learning English currently as his or her second language, or speaks a language other than English with you at home (even if you believe he/she is fluent in English), you must first visit the International Student Registration Center in the English Language Learners’ (ELL) Office before school starts by making an appointment. Please call (615) 259-8608 for an appointment.

The ELL Office is mandated by the Bilingual Act of 1988 to assess your child’s language skills to help to ensure he or she has the English skills needed to be fully prepared for Kindergarten learning.

The ELL office is located at 615 Fessey Park Road. Please call (615)259-8608 for an appointment.

does mnps have a gifted and talented program?

The Metro Schools Gifted & Talented Program is called Encore. The Metro Schools Encore Program offers an instructional experience designed specifically for intellectually gifted and academically talented learners. The curriculum is hands-on, interactive and problem-based with a focus on developing students' critical and creative thinking abilities. Instruction is interdisciplinary and aligned withTennessee content standards, and kindergarten students enrolled in Encore classes meet weekly at the child's school.

Who can i contact if i am concerned with the development of my child or have questions on special ed services?

At Metro Nashville Public Schools, we believe that every student has the ability to succeed. We believe that inclusive education is the norm and ensures a high-quality education for every student. By setting rigorous standards and providing effective instruction along with necessary supports for success, we provide an array of services and resources to students and families. In collaboration with educators and families we foster high expectations and provide services to meet the academic, as well as the social, behavioral, adaptive, and physical needs of the whole child.

In accordance with Tennessee State Law and Child Find, our schools strive to provide every student with exactly the kind of learning environment they need. However, our capabilities don’t end with our students. Metro Nashville Public Schools also works with the families of its students. The purpose of Child Find is to identify, locate, and evaluate those who need special education and related services.