The Franklin Special School District’s pre-kindergarten application process for the 2020-2021 school year is now open. The FSSD has six state-funded Voluntary Pre-K (VPK) classes. These classes provide four-year-old students an opportunity to develop school readiness skills (pre-academic and social skills) in a high quality academic environment through an active learning approach. Available space is limited and enrollment is based on eligibility.

In the FSSD Voluntary Pre-K classes, young children learn skills at their own level in ways meaningful to them. A holistic approach to kindergarten readiness prepares children socially, mentally, emotionally, and physically. Experienced, knowledgeable, understanding teachers and staff guide students through music, stories, songs, and play. All of these fun activities help children develop academic and social skills as they play.

To be eligible, children must be four years old (born on or between August 16, 2015 and August 15, 2016), live in the Franklin Special School District, and qualify in one of several ways.

The Tennessee Department of Education Office of Early Learning requires school districts to first serve students whose family meets specific income qualifications. Space permitting, students may be served who have disabilities, are identified as English Learners, are in state custody, or are identified as educationally at-risk for failure due to circumstances of abuse or neglect.

Each class is limited to 16 children working with a teacher and paraprofessional. The program is free of charge although parents are required to provide transportation.

To read more about the VPK program or to complete an application go to Voluntary Pre K online.

For more information, please call 615-591-2802.