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Preschool Instruction

The application process for Preschool Peer Models will open on January 20, 2024. Please see below for requirements and application information. 


The Germantown Municipal Schools Early Childhood Preschool program is an excellent learning environment that offers preschoolers, with and without disabilities, challenging instructional experiences to provide maximum growth in all developmental areas. 



Dogwood Elementary School
8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Farmington Elementary School
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Riverdale Elementary School
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Forest Hill Elementary School
8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Katherine Brown
Lauren Tochner
Jenna Black
Mary Margaret Clarke
Emily Sommerman
Jessica Cranford
Shavitra Davis


Germantown Municipal School District has seven early childhood preschool programs in the four elementary schools. These programs serve students identified with disabilities and positive peer models. Each of our preschool programs offer intentional learning activities in small and large groups that is facilitated by both general education and special education teachers, as well as educational assistants. Our goal is to provide our students with a strong foundation of core skills to be successful in kindergarten and beyond. 


The Peer Model Program provides an opportunity for typically developing children to be integrated into our Early Childhood classrooms to serve as role models for our children with disabilities. Peer models provide positive peer interactions, demonstrate play skills, and model appropriate language and behavior for children with disabilities while in the classroom setting. Farmington, Dogwood, Riverdale, and Forest Hill all strive to maintain an equal ratio of positive peers within their programs. 
Guidelines for the Peer Model Preschool Program: 
  • Peer models MUST BE Germantown residents or children of a GMSD employee to be eligible. 
  • Daily attendance is required as the children serve as models. Daily attendance is defined as 7 hours a day, 5 days a week. 
  • Parents must have their children at the program on time and pick them up at the designated time. Before and after school care is not provided. 
  • Tennessee Health Record Form is required for all children documenting their immunization history. A copy of a certified birth certificate is also required. 
  • Peer models are selected based on the screening results. If the match does not prove to be what is in the best interest for the children with disabilities or the model, the child will be dismissed from the program. 
The application process for Preschool Peer Models will open on Friday, January 20, 2024. Please complete the following steps, in order, as you begin the application process. 
  • STEP 1- Click the document below "Preschool Checklists."
  • STEP 2- Print "Preschool Checklists."
  • STEP 3- Complete "Preschool Checklist for Parent."
  • STEP 4- Provide a copy of the "Preschool Checklist for Child Care Provider" to your child's current preschool teacher, day care teacher, church class teacher, etc., ask them to complete/sign, and return to you. 
  • STEP 5- Read the "Preschool Peer Model Program Summary."
  • STEP 6- Click on the link for your child's zoned school at the bottom of the "Preschool Peer Model Program Summary."
  • STEP 7- After clicking on the zoned school, you should have been redirected to the digital application for peer models. Please complete all questions, including uploading the completed preschool checklists. 
For questions regarding the application process, please email [email protected]