Published February 28, 2017 at 4:08 p.m.
KINGSPORT, Tenn. – Kingsport City Schools will begin accepting Zoning and Tuition Applications for students in grades K–12 for the 2017-2018 school year beginning Wednesday, March 1, 2017.
Parents who would like to request their child attend a different city school instead of one for which their child is zoned, must apply for a zoning exception. Parents of students who are not legal residents of the City of Kingsport must submit a tuition application to attend Kingsport City Schools. Parents or legal guardians must apply annually for their child’s tuition and zoning status, even if they attended Kingsport City Schools during the preceding school year.
Applications can be found online at k12k.com by clicking here – 2017-18 Zoning and Tuition Application or if need be, in-person at the KCS Administrative Support Center, 400 Clinchfield Street, second floor, downtown Kingsport. Application deadline is April 30, 2017.
The following are excerpts from the Kingsport Board of Education’s policies and procedures for zoning and tuition:
- Parents or legal guardians must apply annually for their child’s tuition and zoning status.
- Students who are not legal residents of the City of Kingsport shall pay tuition charges as approved annually by the Board of Education.
- Failure to pay tuition will disqualify a student’s application for the next year.
- Tuition students are accepted and zoning exceptions are granted only if current enrollment permits.
- The system does not provide bus transportation for tuition or zoning exception students, except in specific circumstances.
Criteria for zoning exceptions are as follows:
- Documented medical reasons
- Child care availability
- An expected move to a different zone
- Specialized school programs
- A fifth or an eighth grade student with a previous zoning exception
- Documented justifications related to the child’s specific educational experience
The school system utilizes the following order when placing students:
- Zoning and tuition for Kingsport City Schools employees and retirees, as well as City of Kingsport employees
- Zoning exception reapplications
- Siblings of currently enrolled out-of-zone students
- New zoning exception applications
- Tuition reapplications
- Siblings of currently enrolled tuition students
- New tuition applications for out-of-district residents
To find out the school for which your child is zoned, please refer to the online School Zones and Street Directory listed under the “School Zones and Street Directory” link under “Parents” at k12k.com, or call KCS Administrative Support Center at (423) 378.2100.
For more information please contact Jim Nash at (423) 378.2169 or visit k12k.com.
Kingsport City Schools (KCS) is a public school district located in Kingsport, Tenn., serving students in Sullivan and Hawkins county. The district is comprised of 13 schools, including a Pre-K, eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school, a high school program of choice and an alternative learning program; with total enrollment over 7,500 students. The vision of Kingsport City Schools is to be, Student Focused … World Class.
KCS has been named the top school district in Tennessee as winner of the 2014 SCORE Prize District Award by the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) and has earned the 2014 Achievement Award in the annual Excellence in Tennessee Recognition Program by the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNCPE).
For more information on KCS, visit k12k.com, listen live on WCSK 90.3 FM, The Voice of KCS, read our blog, We Are KCS, or call (423) 378.2100. We’re social too; follow us on Facebook (Kingsport City Schools), Twitter (@KCS_District) and check out our YouTube Channel (KPTSchools).