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For Voluntary Pre-K applications, call Lesley Machado (615) 442-8297

For Merrol Hyde Magnet School or Union STEAM Elementary admissions and enrollment questions, contact Mary Evelyn Steward at 615-451-6599

695 E. Main St.
Gallatin, TN 37066


E-Mail: MHMS or Union
Voluntary Pre-K

What are the Sumner County Schools of Choice & VPK?

Sumner County is proud to offer two public schools with distinctively different programs.

Merrol Hyde Magnet is an academic magnet school with competitive entry requirements. Their program is based on the Paideia philosophy of educating the whole child (body, mind, and spirit) and also emphasizes foreign languages. Rigor and challenge at an accelerated pace are expected and embedded in the curriculum.

Union Elementary STEAM and Demonstration School is an innovative STEAM school that uses an alternative school calendar allowing students a two week fall and spring break each year. Union has a specialized learning focus built around Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. Having an innovative setting, the school focuses on the STEAM skills and knowledge required in each discipline. The STEAM curriculum is an interdisciplinary and applied approach that uses hands-on, problem-based learning.

Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten: Planting Seeds for Future Success!

The Voluntary Pre-kindergarten program is a state-funded readiness program for at-risk children 3 and 4 years of age August 15. Priority is given to eligible 4-year-olds first. “At risk” is defined by the state as economically disadvantaged. Due to state funding, there are limited classrooms available in Sumner County, and priority placement is given to economically disadvantaged families or children who have lost a parent due to war. Other “at-risk” factors that may be used to determine eligibility include, but are not limited to English as a second language, foster care, social-emotional behaviors, and family/environmental factors. The Voluntary Pre-K program provides a foundation for learning and a successful transition to the school environment.