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2019-2020 Zone Exemption application information - Deadline April 15, 2019

Beginning Feb. 1, 2019, Rutherford County Schools will accept zone exemption applications for the 2019-2020 school year. The deadline for priority consideration will be April 15, 2019.

Applications are available at all county schools, the district's central office or can be downloaded below. 

Any parent can request a zone exemption and requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis with consideration given to the reason for the request, the recommendations of the principals and whether the requested school has available space.

Pursuant to the School Board's zone exemption policy, schools that are at-capacity cannot accept zone exemptions except in circumstances of extreme, unique hardship, which are rare. A list of schools that are at-capacity and cannot accept exemptions for the 2019-2020 school year is included on the application.

If you have any questions about the zone exemption process, please contact the Communications & Community Relations Coordinator James Evans at (615) 893-5812 or

Special note about rezoning for Rockvale High School and Rocky Fork Elementary School:

Schools affected by the rezonings for Rockvale High School and Rocky Fork Elementary — which both open in August 2019 — will generally not be allowed to accept zone exemptions to allow the new zones to become established. We will consider requests for those schools on a case-by-case basis if parents believe they have a severe hardship. The School Board did grandfather those rising seniors who are already attending one of the affected high schools, but other grades and siblings were not included. In addition, those students who are currently attending Blackman High School and are already enrolled in the Blackman Collegiate Academy, were also grandfathered.