Here is a list of MDO, preschools, kindergartens, private schools, and daycares throughout Knoxville. You can also check out this poll by other local Knoxville moms.
Check out our guide to After School Programs! If you are new to Knoxville from a different city or moving across town be sure to check out our Guide to Moving to Knoxville.
Angela Floyd Schools
Ages: 3-5 years
The Angela Floyd Schools Performing Arts Program is a fall through spring program designed as an introduction to a structured classroom setting that not only immerses your child in the performing and fine arts, but also prepares them for Kindergarten and beyond by giving them a lifelong love of learning. Children turning 3 years of age by September 15th who have completed potty training are eligible for the Performing Arts Program. Our fine arts based curriculum features group learning, hands-on cognitive activities, Music FunTime, acro, art, drama, dance, creative movement, academics, and play.
*We are so excited to have Rhiannon in this program–she didn’t want to leave today! – Kristi Sanchez
AFS – West
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8:45am-11:45am
NUMBER OF CLASSES: 3 days per week
MONTHLY TUITION: $350/month
AFS – North
Tuesday and Thursday 8:45am-11:45am
NUMBER OF CLASSES : 2 days per week
MONTHLY TUITION: $233/month
There is an annual $175 supply & registration fee.
Berean Christian School
Ages: Pre-K through 12
The ministry of Berean Christian School (BCS) exists to help Christian parents raise their children to be disciples of Jesus Christ. Our purpose is to help children realize their full potential, and to glorify God spiritually, academically, socially, and physically. BCS’s academics are aimed at maximizing the potential of each and every child, as well as the blossoming fine arts program, The Studio. From the time our students join the BCS community, they experience a nurturing atmosphere of learning and discovery in academics, athletics, fine arts, and service.
Parents are welcome at any time to visit our campus. Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Families wishing to explore Christian education at BCS are encouraged to schedule an appointment for a tour of our campus. Please call (865) 521-6054, extension 100.
Church Street UMC Preschool
Church Street UMC Preschool is a faith based 3 STAR program. We offer full time preschool for ages 2-5 and are open all year M-F 7:30-5:30. We have 2 Pre-K classes and our full time teaching staff have degrees. We serve breakfast, a hot lunch and accept Child Care Certificates. To see what we are doing Like us on Facebook.
Christian Academy of Knoxville
Ages: 4 years old-12th Grade
As a preschool to 12th grade college preparatory school, Christian Academy of Knoxville has been partnering with Christian families to provide a world-class education since 1977. CAK is consistently voted Best Private School in the Knoxville News Sentinel and First Place Christian School in City View Magazine. Our retention rate is 95% which tells you CAK families really like our school! CAK’s preschool focuses on structured learning through play, projects, technology, nature, and enrichment with Spanish, music, art, and physical education. Morning drop off begins at 7:30 am with an after school care option available until 6:00 pm. Lunch is included in your child’s tuition!
Garden Path School
– Beautiful indoor and outdoor classrooms
– Small group of up to 12 children, ages 2-7
– Preschool, PreK, and Kindergarten
– Individualized skill levels within larger group themed activities
– Creative, developmental curriculum with Montessori, Reggio Emilia, and Natural Classroom philosophies
– Christian values
– Delicious home-made meals
– Owner and teacher, Angela Mayfield, M.Ed., has over 30 years of experience teaching young children, providing parent education, and training teachers.
– Schedule a tour! Contact Angela at (865) 263-1110.
Grace Christian Academy
Ages: Preschool through Grade 12
At Grace Christian Academy, we recognize the value of a long-term relationship with students and families and the advantages of a continuous academic program. Because of these benefits, GCA offers a comprehensive college-preparatory program for students in preschool through Grade 12.
The preschool and kindergarten years set the tone for a positive experience as children begin their educational journey. GCA provides a supportive, academically rich program with all subject areas taught on the foundation of biblical truth. Our curriculum is designed to engage and build on foundational skills that children need to move ahead successfully through the elementary years and beyond.
Contact us to learn more about the academic, spiritual, fine arts, and athletic opportunities that exist for students. Our Admissions team is ready and excited to help you explore the benefits of a Christian education at Grace Christian Academy!
Happy Holler Circle
Ages: Attend with a caregiver (parent, grandparent, nanny, etc.). Classes available for children from birth to 6 years old
Happy Holler Circle is home to Knoxville’s only Montessori parent/child classes, parenting workshops, and one on one parenting consultations. Whether you are looking for parenting help, a community of like-minded families or a fun way for your child to socialize with others, this place is for you.
Classes at Happy Holler Circle are designed for children to attend with a caregiver (parent, grandparent, nanny, etc.). Classes available for children from birth to 6 years old. Join in community with other families to help children gain independence, build their concentration, and develop socially, while the adults learn to implement a Montessori parenting approach at home. Classes typically meet once or twice a week in a lovingly prepared environment that encourages the child’s exploration and to follow their individual interests. Each class ends with a short group time, where we sing, tell stories, and practice being together in community. These classes are an excellent fit for families that are considering enrolling in a Montessori school, want to learn to implement Montessori principles in the home, or are intending to homeschool.
Happy Holler Circle also offers parenting consultations! Whether you need guidance on teaching Montessori homeschool, toilet learning (aka potty training), arranging your home to encourage independence, preparing your child for a sibling or other life change, or just need extra support in your parenting, Happy Holler Circle can help. Every new family consultation comes with a free 30 minute initial session. Most sessions take place virtually. Our goal is to supporting families by guiding parents in respecting childhood.
Ages: 6 weeks to Kindergarten (childcare up to age 12)
Morning Star has long been established as one of Knoxville’s top leaders in the education of young children. Our kindergarten program is uniquely built around a child-led approach to learning inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy. Students learn how to problem solve, collaborate with peers, and work independently through our individualized curriculum. We understand that play is learning, and children can engage in not only free play but also digital play, active play, creative play, and social play.
Our kindergarteners are not limited to a classroom all day, they have opportunities to use our outdoor classroom and take regular field trips to
reap all the benefits that our community has to offer. Both Spanish and Mandarin are taught along with many other fun, exciting extracurricular activities like Art, S.T.E.M., and Music! Parents also appreciate the daily communication and interaction with their child’s teacher.
Ages: PreK-12th Grade
Paideia Academy is a classical, Christ-centered school serving PreK-12th grade students. One of our many goals is for our students learn to read well at an early age so they can begin their journey of reading many of the great books as they grow older. Our young children love to learn timeless truths that will help them to grow in pursuing virtue and understanding. Visitors are often amazed by how much memory work our very gifted staff can lead the students in learning … and they love it!
Primrose School of Farragut and West Knoxville
Ages: 5 weeks to 5 years including private Kindergarten
At the Primrose School of Farragut we believe that with the right foundation, anything is possible. It is with this belief that we strive to build active minds, healthy bodies, and happy hearts for all children ages 5 weeks to 5 years including private kindergarten. Our balanced approach to learning fosters an appreciation for not only academics but character development as well. This summer is exciting as we offer Summer Camp in place of our after school “Explorers” program. Each week highlights a new thematic unit of learning with fun filled programs and field trips for current kindergarteners through third grade.
Ridgedale Mother’s Day Out
Ages: 18 months to Pre-K
Ridgedale Mother’s Day Out offers a wonderful opportunity for your child to learn and socialize two days a week in a safe and enriching preschool atmosphere. Our teachers are caring individuals who love the Lord and believe that working with children is truly their calling. At our program, your child will be given the freedom to grow in an environment balanced with enough guidance and structure to feel secure. We are open year round and offer enrollment at any time for children age 18 months to Pre-K on Mondays & Wednesdays or Tuesdays & Thursdays. Contact us today to schedule a tour!
Christ Covenant Church, PCA, in Farragut is excited about our fifth year of Sonlight Academy, a weekday program for preschool age children. Our goal is to shine the light of Jesus into the hearts of children while striving to meet academic and social needs. Our program runs from mid-August to mid-May. School days are Tuesday/Thursday OR Monday/Wednesday from 9am-2pm. Our staff consists of qualified Christian people and our teachers are experienced in early childhood education. We have excellent teacher to child ratios. Our curriculum is Bible based and includes Kindergarten readiness. We have a great playground for young children. Bible studies will be available for moms after drop-off on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you are interested in finding a place where your child will be loved, taught about Jesus, and prepared for school, consider Sonlight Academy! We would be happy to meet you and give you a tour of our facility. Contact Director Jana Thomas at [email protected] or by phone at the number below.
Stanford Eisenberg Knoxville Jewish Day School (KJDS)
Stanford Eisenberg Knoxville Jewish Day School (KJDS) serves kindergarten through 5th grade students in the heart of West Knoxville on a beautiful 5 acre campus. KJDS is a vibrant community, filled with joy, rooted in core Jewish values, and devoted to academic excellence. Serving the entire Knoxville community, our families are diverse in their beliefs, affiliations and observances; we work together to create a welcoming community based upon mutual respect and shared values. Each student is challenged to aspire to the heights of their own academic capabilities, and is encouraged along the paths of artistic, physical, spiritual and social development and expression. KJDS seeks to create curious and independent learners; critical thinkers who can ask questions, solve problems, reason thoughtfully, write well, appreciate beauty, develop passions, interact positively with others, and be productive within the broader community. Experience our dynamic community, where learning is a passion and each day is infused with a spirit of joy.
Trinity Learning Center
Ages: 12 months – 5 years
Trinity Learning Center is a loving, Christian environment. We offer a play-based curriculum where we work to develop the whole child; socially, emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Self-help skills and independence, engaging with peers, and preparing for kindergarten are all important parts of growing up and what we focus on as a preschool. We work hard to use children’s natural curiosity to teach them to love learning and to prepare them for their future education and life in every way. Our teachers are educated in childhood development and education and have years of experience with young children. Your children are their passion.
Preschool hours are from 9:00-2:00. We also offer extended care options for mornings from 8:00-9:00 or afternoons, 2:00-3:15.
The Episcopal School of Knoxville
Ages: 3-8th grade
The Episcopal School of Knoxville is a co-educational, independent day school offering Junior Kindergarten through Eighth grade. ESK’s Junior Kindergarten program is an academic program designed for 3 and 4 year olds. The Jr. K 4 program is 5 days per week and the Jr. K 3 program offers a 3 (T, W, Th) or 5 day option. The Junior Kindergarten day begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at1:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided, and extended care (1:30-3:00 p.m. and 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.) is available for an additional fee. Class size is limited to 16 students. We have committed to creating and maintaining a place for our youngest children that acknowledges, reflects and communicates our beliefs. The values of our Junior Kindergarten program are based on an image of the child as curious, competent and capable of co-constructing knowledge.
The Goddard School® – Farragut
Ages: 6 weeks to 6 years old
Learning for fun. Learning for life. The Goddard School located in Farragut uses the most current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children from six weeks to six years old have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life. Talented teachers collaborate with parents to nurture children into respectful, confident and joyful learners. The Goddard School’s comprehensive play-based curriculum, developed with early childhood education experts, provides the best childhood preparation for social and academic success.
The Goddard School® – Knoxville-Hardin Valley
Ages: 6 weeks to 6 years old
Learning for fun. Learning for life. The Goddard School located in Hardin Valley uses the most current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children from six weeks to six years old have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life. Talented teachers collaborate with parents to nurture children into respectful, confident and joyful learners. The Goddard School’s comprehensive play-based curriculum, developed with early childhood education experts, provides the best childhood preparation for social and academic success.
Webb School of Knoxville
At the heart of the Webb School experience is the relationship between inspiring teachers and talented, motivated, and engaged students. In their classrooms, on the sports fields, in assemblies, and through service, Webb students pursue a rigorous and challenging educational experience that prepares them well for success in the most competitive colleges and universities.
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