Understand PreK in BCS Schools

What Preschool Programs are available through Blount County Schools?
Voluntary PreK and Special Education PreK

What will my student learn in Preschool?

All Tennessee VPK programs provide learning environments that encourage and support learning across all developmental domains.  Each teacher fosters a love of learning as students work toward mastering basic skills that will prepare them for success in kindergarten.

Students with disabilities have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) which is developed to meet their unique needs and are based on early learning developmental standards.

Voluntary PreK

What are the entrance requirements for Voluntary PreK?
Families must meet income eligibility guidelines similar to free and reduced lunch requirements to participate. Families whose income exceeds the requirements may be considered after September 1 and are welcome to apply.  Student must be four years old by August 15 in order to be in a VPK class.  There is not a VPK class at every elementary school, so you may apply at the school with a VPK class closest to your home.  The Tennessee VPK program is required by state statute to operate 5 days a week with a minimum of 6 hours per day.  Students are expected to attend every day.

Where are Voluntary Preschools located?

Carpenters Elementary
915 Huffstetler Road
Maryville, TN 37803
(865) 980-1495
Contact: Analisa Vazquez

Eagleton Elementary
708 Sam Houston School Road
Maryville, TN 37804
(865) 980-1455
Contact: Mikell Johnson 

Lanier Elementary
6006 Lanier Road
Maryville, TN 37801
(865) 980-1075
Contact: Megan Godfrey 

Mary Blount Elementary
131 S. Old Glory Road
Maryville, TN 37801
(865) 980-1480
Contact: Amanda Moreno


Middlesettlements Elementary  Porter Elementary  Rockford Elementary
3105 Miser Station Road 4520 Wildwood Springs Road 3728 Williams Mill Road
Louisville, TN 37777                                      Maryville, TN 37804                          Rockford, TN 37853
(865) 983-6644                                          (865) 983-4071                                 (865) 982-1415
Contact: Jenna Harness                            Contact: Jessica Payne                 Contact: Christine Frye


Additional Voluntary PreK Information

Special Education Preschool

What are the entrance requirements for Special Education Preschool?

Children who are determined to have disabilities under the Federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are eligible for services from birth to twenty-one years of age.  Preschool children are eligible to receive a free appropriate public education after they turn three.  Services for students with disabilities are determined based on their individual needs.  An IEP (Individual Education Plan) identifies the services, length of time and where a child will receive these services.

Where are Special Education Preschools located?

Carpenters Elementary
915 Huffstetler Road
Maryville, TN 37803
(865) 980-1490
Contact: Lexie West
Fairview Elementary
2130 Old Niles Ferry Road
Maryville, TN 37803
(865) 982-0630
Contact: Logan Burke
Mary Blount Elementary (2)
131 S. Old Glory Road
Maryville, TN 37801
(865) 980-1430
Contact: Chloe Deschenes
Contact: Emily Ketron
Montvale Elementary
3128 Montvale Road
Maryville, TN 37803
(865) 983-2666
Contact: Karen Jones 
Porter Elementary
4520 Wildwood Springs Road
Maryville, TN 37804
Phone: 865-983-4071
Contact: Grace Scarborough
Rockford Elementary
3728 Williams Mill Road
Rockford, TN 37853
(865) 982-1415
Contact: Sarah Joyce


Is Head Start a program of Blount County Schools?

Head Start is a federal program for preschool children from low-income families, according to poverty guidelines published by the federal government.  Head Start is operated by Douglas-Cherokee and can be reached at (865) 982-1141.