State law requires that children be five years old by August 15 to enter kindergarten. Pre-registration for kindergarten at all Clinton City Schools is held each May. Parents should call the Central Office at 865-457-0159 865-457-0159 ext. 1103 to schedule an appointment.
It is important for parents to register their children for kindergarten during pre-registration if possible so schools can plan for the number of children to ensure an orderly beginning of the school year.
Documents parents should bring for registration:
Social Security card
Tennessee Department of Health Certificate of Immunization*
Proof of residence **
Current proof of custody of the child if parents are divorced, separated or unmarried.
*To get a Tennessee Department of Health Certificate of Immunization, parents should contact their child's health care provider or the Health Department to schedule an appointment for a kindergarten physical. At that time, any additional shots that may be needed will be given to meet state requirements for entrance into school and a Certificate of Immunization will be issued.
Detailed information on immunizations can be found HERE.
** Proof of residence is a current utility bill - electric, gas or water - with the parent's name and address printed on it. If parents have not been living at the residence long enough to have a utility bill, a lease on a house or apartment will be accepted, or you can get a statement from the utility company showing you have started service at the specific address.
Clinton City Schools utilizes a 10-day phase-in period and an abbreviated schedule (11:30 a.m. dismissal) at the beginning of the school year for kindergartners. Parents will receive a schedule showing when their child will be in school during these first school days. Students are divided into small groups and the groups are rotated in and out of school during the first 5 days. During the second 5 day period, all kindergartners attend each day, but are dismissed at 11:30 a.m. During the phase-in period, any students that were not pre-registered in the spring are screened to determine their readiness for kindergarten. At the end of the phase-in period, all kindergarten students attend a full day of school every day for the remainder of the school year.
Students transferring from other school districts
Students entering the Clinton City School system should registered at the Central Office as soon as possible. The child's last report card is needed in addition to the other required documentation (see above) so schools can place students into the appropriate classes.
For students entering from out of state, parents must take their child's immunization records to the Anderson County Health Department, 710 North Main Street, Clinton, TN or contact a local physician to have the immunization record transferred to the Tennessee Certificate of Immunization.
Only a custodial parent or legal guardian may register the child. The custodial parent or legal guardian must show proof of guardianship by presenting a copy of custody papers or court order.