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What You Need to Know First

Ages for Our Programs

The Bright School offers an early childhood program for preschool age children, which we call junior pre-kindergarten (JPK) and pre-kindergarten (PK), and kindergarten. Our lower and upper 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

Campus Tours and Visits

See our school in action! All future parents are invited to schedule an individual parent tour any time of the year.  This is an important early step in the admissions process and a great way to see what happens during a school day. Tours may be scheduled by emailing Brooke Moore: [email protected] or calling 423-267-8549.

Schedule a Tour/Inquire Online

Admissions Process

Applications are still being accepted for the 2017-18 school year. We will begin taking applications for the 2018-19 school year after Labor Day. An application must be submitted before a student visit (see below).  The application fee is $50. Our online application is available here.

All applicants are required to submit a student recommendation form, completed by your child’s current or most recent teacher.

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).

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Recommendation Forms

Events

Open House

Future parents are invited to meet current parents, ask questions and learn about more about the school. Current parents lead small groups or individuals on tours of the school.  

Tuesday, September 26, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Meet in the library.

Time with Teachers

These events are held on weekends or nights and allow future parents to meet teachers and ask questions while school is not in session. Children are welcome to accompany their parents, and there will be activities for children to do while parents talk with teachers. 

Wednesday, October 11, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, November 12, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Playground Play Date

Come play with us! This is another type of weekend event held at our Early Childhood Enchanted Forest Playground. Future parents meet teachers and school staff while their children enjoy playing. 

Sunday, September 10, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Saturday, October 21, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Student Visits

Applicants for early childhood (JPK, PK, and K) will be invited to come for a play date with current students and teachers on a school day, and they will have individual academic assessments during that time. Play dates are scheduled from February through April.

Applicants for first through fifth grades will be invited to come for a classroom visit and academic assessment. These visits are typically scheduled from February through April.

Admissions Decisions

We make admissions decisions on a rolling basis. Parents (or guardians) will be notified of their child’s admission decision shortly after the admissions process is complete. A completed process includes the online application, parent tour, student recommendation form, and a play date or classroom visit. After acceptance, the deposit ($1,000 for PK-5 and $500 for JPK) is due with the enrollment contract two weeks after the child is accepted.

Financial Information

Tuition

2017-18 school year:

JPK: $5,300 (3-day), $7,600 (5-day)
PK: $10,450
K-5: $15,160

Tuition payments may be made in full or through the FACTS payment plan. Lunch for grades PK-5 is included in tuition.  Supply fees, which include all school supplies, and field trips are separate costs. Visit our tuition page for more information about the payment plan. 

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for grades PK-5. We encourage families to apply for need-based financial aid. An admissions application must be completed before you apply for financial aid, and we recommend applying for financial aid as quickly as possible after completing the admissions application. Visit our financial aid page to learn more about the application process.

Meet Our Director of Admissions

Contact Brooke Moore for everything related to admissions. She will guide you through the admissions process and answer any question you might have. Brooke is a Bright graduate and current parent. She personally leads all the parent tours, administers the academic assessments and organizes the playdates and classroom visits.

Brooke Moore

Director of Admissions
Phone: 423-267-8549

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

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