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Welcome to Bright School Admissions

We are ready to welcome future families to the admissions process for the 2024-25 school year. 

Ages for Our Programs

The Bright School offers an early childhood program for preschool age children: junior pre-kindergarten (JPK), pre-kindergarten (PK), and kindergarten. Our other grades include first through fifth.

August 1 is our age cut-off date.
JPK: 3 years old
PK: 4 years old
Kindergarten: 5 years old

Application Deadlines

January 15, 2024 - silbing, legacy and employee children applying to JPK, PK and Kindergarten

February 1, 2024 - all other applications for JPK, PK and Kindergarten

All applications for grades 1-5 are accepted on a rolling basis.

Individual Parent Tours

Future families applying for the 2024-25 school year are invited to schedule a parent campus tour. You will see options for morning or afternoon tours. If you are applying for JPK or PK, you should choose a morning tour as those classes dismiss at 1:00 p.m.  

To schedule your parent tour, click here.

Admissions Process

Applications are now being accepted for the 2024-25 school year. The online application is the first step in the admissions process. The application fee is $75. 

All applicants are required to submit a student recommendation form, completed by your child’s current or most recent teacher. These forms will be provided through the admissions e-newsletter and should not be completed until January 2024, at the earliest.

Please see below to download these forms:
Student Recommendation JPK, PK, K (This form is due before your child's play date.)
Student Recommendation 1-5 (This form is due before your child's classroom visit.)

For applicants in grades 1-5, we also require copies of report cards and standardized testing (if applicable).

The teacher completing the form should email it directly to Brooke Moore at [email protected].

The Bright School does not discriminate on the basis of gender, age, race, color, creed, religion, disability, ethnicity, national origin or sexual orientation in the administration of its educational policies, admissions practices, financial aid decisions or other school programs and activities.

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Applicant Play Dates and Classroom Visits

JPK, PK, and K applicants will be scheduled to come for an admissions play date in early spring.

Applicants for grades 1-5 will be scheduled for a classroom visit; these visits occur in the spring.

Admissions Decisions

The first round of admissions decisions will go out on March 15, 2024 once the first round of early childhood playdates are complete. Other admission decisions will go out on a rolling admissions basis once an applicant has completed the process.

A completed process includes: online application, parent tour, student recommendation form completed by teacher, and a play date or classroom visit. If accepted, the electronic enrollment contract is sent and a deposit (JPK: $500, PK-5: $1,000)  will be due back within one week.

Meet Our Director of Admissions

Contact Brooke Moore for all admissions questions! Brooke is a Bright alumna and parent of a recent Bright graduate. She personally leads all parent tours, administers academic assessments and organizes play dates and classroom visits.

Brooke Moore

Director of Admissions
Phone: 423-267-8549

Bright alumna '92
Joined Bright staff in 2010
B.A., Furman University