Pre-Kindergarten Optional Schools Frequently Asked Questions
What are the eligibilities for Pre-Kindergarten programs?
All Pre-Kindergarten programs require the following basic eligibilities:
- Age four on or before August 15th of the current school year
- Resident of Davidson County
- Current Physical and Immunization
In addition to the above eligibilities, the following Pre-Kindergarten programs require additional eligibilities:
- State Pre-Kindergarten - Income Requirement
- Federal Pre-Kindergarten - Live within the school's zone
- Local Pre-Kindergarrten - Above basic eligibilities
- Blended Pre-Kindergarten - Above basic eligibilities
How do I know which program my child will qualify to attend?
In Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) there are Pre-Kindergarten programs funded by a State Grant, Federal funds and through the local school budget. State Pre-Kindergarten programs require families to make within a certain income, Federal Pre-Kindergarten programs require families to live within the school’s zone and Local Pre-Kindergarten programs require the basic eligibilities listed above.
How do I know which schools have the program my child qualifies to attend?
- State Programs are in the following schools and Community Sites:
Alex Green, Amqui, Bellshire, Binkley, Buena Vista, Carter Lawrence, Chadwell, Cockrill, Cole, Dan Mills, Dodson, DuPont, Fall-Hamilton, Fannie Battle, Glencliff, Glengarry, Hattie Cotton, Inglewood, J. E. Moss, Joelton, Kirkpatrick, Lakeview, Martha O’Bryan, Maxwell, McNeilly, Napier, Norman Binkley, Old Center, Paragon Mills, Park Avenue, Rosebank, Shwab, St. Luke, Stratton, Tom Joy, Tulip Grove, Tusculum, Una, Whitsitt,Warner, and Wayne Reed
- Federal Programs are in the following schools:
Glenview, Haywood and Paragon Mills
- Local Programs are in the following schools:
Alex Green, A. Z. Kelley, Bellshire, Buena Vista, Charlotte Park, Churchwell, Robert, DuPont, Hull Jackson, J. E. Moss, Lakeview, Maxwell, McGavock, Mt. View, Pennington, Shayne, Stanford, Thomas Edison, and Tom Joy
- Model Pre-Kindergarten Centers are in the following schools/sites:
Bordeaux, Casa Azafran and Ross
- Blended Programs are in the following schools:
Amqui, Andrew Jackson, Bellshire, Bordeaux, Charlotte Park, Dan Mills, Dodson, Fall-Hamilton, Glendale, Goodlettsville, Gower, Harpeth Valley, Harris-Hillman, Hermitage, Hickman, J. E. Moss, Kirkpatrick, Lakeview, Maxwell, Mt. View, Norman Binkley, Napier, Paragon Mills, Ross, Thomas Edison, Tulip Grove, and Warner
Why are some schools listed under more than one program?
MNPS has more than one type of Pre-Kindergarten program in some school sites.
May I apply for more than one Pre-Kindergarten School?
Yes, you may apply for up to seven schools during the application process. Parents must prioritize schools in order of preference beginning with the top school of choice listed as number one (1).
What are the Model Center Programs? Are they different from the other Pre-Kindergarten programs?
The Model Center programs will be housed at Bordeaux, Casa Azafran, and Ross. MNPS’ Model Center programs are located in schools or sites that will only house Pre-Kindergarten age students. The curriculum used in the Model Center will be the same as all other Pre-Kindergarten programs. However; these programs will be able to provide full day services especially geared toward early learning development.
How does the selection process work?
A random drawing will be held to fill available seats. The student’s address written in on the front of the application will be the address used for acceptance letters and/or waiting list positions. Applicants will receive their registered (190#) when the application is submitted. If your child is selected for admission, you will receive an acceptance letter in the mail which must be signed and returned to the Office of School Options by the deadline stated in the letter before your child can be enrolled. Selection results will also be posted online (www.mnps.org). Families will need the 190# received during registration in order to view their child’s selection results. Telephone inquiries cannot be accommodated due to the large number of students involved. If your child is not selected, he/she will be placed on a waiting list for the 2014-2015 school year. You will be contacted as vacancies become available.
When will families know if their child is selected for a Pre-Kindergarten class?
If you secure a Pre-Kindergarten seat, you will receive an Acceptance Letter in late May of the current school year. If you have secured other childcare arrangements, do not give up childcare until you receive an acceptance letter telling you that your child was assigned to a MNPS Pre-Kindergarten classroom. Children that are not placed at the current time will be placed on a waiting list. After the random selection process, your child will be dropped from schools listed below the school he or she was selected to attend. For example, your child applies to School Choice 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. If your child is selected to School 3, his or her application for Schools 4, 5, 6, and 7 will be eliminated. He or she will remain on a waitlist for any schools ranked higher than the one selected to attend. In this example, your child will remain on the waiting list for choices 1 and 2.
How long does a student remain on a wait list?
The waiting list will remain active throughout the school year. As vacancies occur, families will be contacted to inform them of acceptance into a Pre-Kindergarten program vacancy.
Can I apply for Head Start through this process?
Head Start programs are separate from MNPS. Families will need to contact Head Start for enrollment information. Head Start – 615-862-8860
How do I apply?
Families can apply for Pre-Kindergarten at the school site or community center containing Pre-Kindergarten programs. Registration will begin April 14th – 17th and Monday, April 21st. Schools will continue to take applications beyond this date however; if you are planning to submit an application outside of this window, families will need to contact the school to ensure staff will be available to assist in the application process. Schools will not take applications during the TCAP Assessment days of April 30 – May 9th. To be included in the selection lottery, you must submit your completed application, to the school site by 3:30 p.m., Monday, April 21, 2014. Applications received after April 21 will be placed at the bottom of the waiting list. Your child’s acceptance or waiting list status will be mailed in late May of the current school year. If selected, you will receive an acceptance letter in the mail, which must be signed and returned to the Office of School Option -Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools 2601 Bransford Avenue 37204 by June 13, 2014. Applicants not accepted will be added to the waiting list. Once a student has accepted a seat in a Pre-Kindergarten program, your child will be dropped from schools listed below the school he or she was selected to attend. For example, your child applies to School Choice 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. If your child is selected to School 3, his or her application for Schools 4, 5, 6, and 7 will be eliminated. He or she will remain on a waitlist for any schools ranked higher than the one selected to attend. In this example, your child will remain on the waiting list for choices 1 and 2. Please make your decision thoughtfully. Students must attend school on the first day or they will be considered a “no-show” and their positions will be filled.
Where can I get an application?
Applications are available at school sites and community centers containing Pre-K programs. Families wanting to apply for Casa Azafran should submit an application at Fall Hamilton. Applications must be submitted in person.
What happens if my application is incomplete?
Incomplete applications will not be considered for the selection process held in May. The application will not be added to the waiting list if it is not complete. If your application is received after the April 21 deadline, your child will not be included in the May random selection process.
What do I need to submit to ensure I have a completed application?
Families will need to submit the following documents:
- Birth Certificate
- Shot record (up-to-date)
- Physical (within twelve months of school starting)
- proof of address (proof that you live in Davidson County)
- proof of income (1040 tax return, W2, Family First Case Number on Government issued letter, Food Stamp Case Number on Government issued letter)
Each applicant will need to complete an enrollment screening assessment.
What is the enrollment screening assessment?
Each child will be administered a screening assessment that should be completed before the application process is considered complete. This assessment will provide schools with additional information about your child’s developmental stage.
Will the assessment determine if my child is accepted or not?
No, the assessment is used to provide information to the schools and the teacher on your child’s developmental stage.
Why do I have to submit income information?
Some MNPS programs require families to make within a certain income (State Funded) and some programs are fee based (Local and Blended). The income information will give families the opportunity to be considered for all eligible programs.
What do I need to bring to show proof of income?
In order to show proof of income, the following items are accepted: 1040 form (the form you filed for federal income tax), W-2, Food Stamp Case Number (documentation letter received from Department of Human Services), Child Support letter or Family First Case Number (documentation letter received from Department of Human Services).
How much will I have to pay?
Pre-Kindergarten fees can range from $0 to $144 based on your income (see Sliding Scale listed on the Early Childhood Education Home Page).
Does the Sliding Scale include fees for Before and After Care Programs?
The Sliding Scale only includes fees for the Pre-Kindergarten Program at the school site. Please contact the school for information on the Before and After Care Program.
Which schools or Community sites have Before and After Care?
Alex Green, Amqui, Bellshire, Bordeaux, Buena Vista, Carter-Lawrence, Casa Azafran, Fannie Battle, Glenn, Gower, Martha O’Bryan, McNeilly, Park Avenue, Rosebank, Ross, St. Luke’s, Wayne Reed, and Whitsitt.
Will I need to bring my child to school with me to apply?
No, it is not required to bring your child to school at the time you submit an application. However, the application process will not be complete until your child is administered the screening assessment. This is a required assessment for admission that will take approximately fifteen minutes to assess.
Will schools only accept Pre-Kindergarten applications during the week of the Pre-Kindergarten Application Process?
Schools will accept Pre-Kindergarten applications until 20 days before the end of the current school year. To be considered in the selection process for the upcoming school year, all completed applications must be submitted by April 21. Pre-Kindergarten student selections for the upcoming school year are made in late May. However; schools will continue to accept students and applications throughout the school year as vacant seats are determined.
What do I do if I need to make changes to my application once I submit it to the school?
If you would like to make any changes to your application once it is submitted, go to the school in which your application was submitted to report any needed changes or updates. All changes should be made prior to the April 21, 2014 deadline to submit completed applications and to be considered for the selection process.
I do not live in Davidson County but I do work in Davidson County; can my child attend Pre-Kindergarten in Metro Schools?
No, you must live in Davidson County in order to be eligible.
I presently live outside of Davidson County but I am moving to Davidson County. Can I apply for Pre-Kindergarten?
No, you must live in Davidson County at the time of registration.
Is transportation provided?
Transportation for Pre-K students is NOT provided by MNPS. Parents are responsible for bringing and picking up their child.
Can families withdraw their child for an extended vacation or travel leave?
Schools can not hold seats for students who are absent for an unexcused extended length of time
I have a three year old, where can my child attend school?
Three year olds are admitted through the lottery process to Hull-Jackson and Stanford Montessori Schools. We will accept three year olds in a few State Funded programs once the waiting list of four year olds has been exhausted.
Which sites can I submit an application for a three year old?
Hull-Jackson, Stanford, Bellshire, Buena Vista, Chadwell, Cockrill, Fall Hamilton, Joelton, J. Kirkpatrick, Lakeview, Martha O’Bryan, Mt. View, Rosebank, Warner, and Wayne Reed.
My child does not turn four until after August 15, where can my child attend school this year?
Unfortunately, your child will not be eligible for most Pre-Kindergarten programs. A student must turn four by August 15th of the current school year in order to be eligible for Pre-Kindergarten. Please see question – “I have a three year old, where can my child attend school?”
I do not qualify for economically disadvantaged status, can my child attend anyway?
Yes, your child can apply to attend any Local, Model Center or Blended Pre-K programs. There is a fee, based on a sliding scale, for children enrolled in Local or Blended Pre-Kindergarten classrooms.
Why is there a fee for some Pre-Kindergarten programs?
Various funding sources are used to fund Pre-Kindergarten within Metro Schools. In order to accommodate classrooms throughout Davidson County, some of our programs are fee based to assist in funding the cost of Pre-Kindergarten.
Is there a sibling or employee preference to attend a Pre-Kindergarten program in a certain school?
Due to the limited number of Pre-Kindergarten seats MNPS cannot offer a sibling or employee preference to attend Pre-Kindergarten.