Kingsport City Schools Accepting Zoning and Tuition Applications for 2015-2016 School Year


KINGSPORTKingsport City Schools will begin accepting Zoning and Tuition Applications for students in grades K-12 for the 2015-2016 school year beginning Friday, February 13, 2015.

Parents who would like to request their child attend a different city school outside the school zone their child is zoned for, 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 childs tuition and zoning status, even if they attended Kingsport City Schools during the preceding school year.

Applications are available in-person at the KCS Administrative Support Center, 400 Clinchfield Street, second floor, downtown Kingsport or online at until April 30, 2015 the application deadline.

The following are excerpts from the Kingsport Board of Educations policies and procedures for zoning and tuition:

–  Parents or legal guardians must apply annually for their childs 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 students 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 to either tuition or zoning-exemption students, except in specific circumstances.

Criteria for zoning exceptions are as follows:

1. Documented medical reasons

2. Child care availability

3. An expected move to a different zone

4. Specialized school programs

5. A fifth or an eighth grade student with a previous zoning exception

6. A student whose family has moved to a different zone after November 1

7. Documented justifications related to the childs specific educational experience

The school system utilizes the following order when placing students:

1. Zoning exception reapplications

2. Tuition reapplications for school employees working at the requested school

3. New zoning exceptions applications

4. Tuition reapplications

5. New tuition applications for school employees working at the requested school

6. New tuition applications for system and city employees

7. New tuition applications for out-of-district residents

To learn which school for which your child is zoned, please refer to the Kingsport Street Directory listed under the School Zones/Maps link under About KCS at, or call KCS Administrative Support Center at (423) 378.2100.

For more information please contact Elaine Minton at (423) 378.2138 or visit

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 and a non-traditional school; with total enrollment over 7,100 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 (TNPCE).

For more information on KCS, visit, listen live on WCSK 90.3 FMThe Voice of KCS, read our blog, We Are KCS, or call (423) 378.2100. Were social too; follow us on Facebook (Kingsport City Schools), Twitter (@KCS_District) and check out our YouTube Channel (KPTSchools).