To Assure Academic and Personal Success For Each Child


Special Olympics Participants

MCS Special Olympians Enjoy Great Day

MCS students from Black Fox, Cason Lane, Erma Siegel, Northfield, Reeves-Rogers, and Scales joined nearly 500  student athletes from across Rutherford County to compete in a day of running, jumping, throwing and overall good spirited competition. This year marks the 30th year for the local games, which are held at Middle Tennessee State University’s Dean A. Hayes Track and Soccer Stadium.

Area 16 Special Olympics was founded in 1968.

Softball Throw at Special Olympics


Special Olympics Girls Smiling

Student Smiling At Drumming

Drumming to the Beat at Bradley

Bradley students and families participated in an interactive drum circle finale led by Giving Tree Music.  The drum circle was an interactive circle of children and parents, drumming together and holding a common pulse.  Bradley students participated in drum circles throughout the week learning to focus on tasks while weaving rhythms into a cohesive, musical experience.  Bradley has hosted the drum circle for two years.Drumming 2


2018 Earth Day Bee Contest

Murfreesboro City Schools is a proud sponsor of the 2018 Murfreesboro Earth Day Celebration. Students across Murfreesboro and Rutherford County are invited to participate in the Student Video Contest as part of the 2018 Murfreesboro Earth Day Celebration.
Do you have an idea on how to stay aware in extreme weather? Want to help others be prepared? Form a team and complete a PSA that encompasses the theme “Extreme Weather: Stay Aware & Be Prepared”.
For additional details, click on the link below. Winners will be announced during the Earth Day Celebration on April 21.

(Download the Contest Rules and Forms)

Students learning robotics

Northfield Family Field Trip

Northfield Elementary students and their families engaged in an interactive afternoon hosted by Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) and Nissan.  Families toured the TCAT training center, learned the uses and functions of robots in the automotive industry and discovered job opportunities in industrial electrical maintenance.IMG_3033

Students and parents operated robotic arms and learned new skills needed in the future job market as related to their education today. Welding and auto mechanical work was demonstrated by current TCAT students.
Additionally, Motlow State Community College, TCAT and Tennessee ReConnect delivered information to parents interested in returning to school to further their education.

“Introducing students and families to existing occupations allows them to relate the classroom experience to future careers,” says Dr. Gene Loyd, Principal. “Visits like these inspire and educate students and their families.”

The Northfield family night is an annual school tradition.  Past years the school has organized family field trips to the Murfreesboro Airport, Embassy Suites, Oaklands’ Mansion and other area venues.


MCS News Update

Choice School Applications

Murfreesboro City Schools is pleased to have three choice schools as options for our students and parents.  Our choices include the content focuses:

  • Arts
  • STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics)
  • Leadership


Below you will find a brief description of our choice schools aimed at helping you make informed decisions about whether a choice school is right for your child. Please feel free to contact the school principal for additional details or visit the school website. Choice enrollment is limited.

Bradley Academy – Arts Integrated School

Bradley Academy is recognized for excellence in arts — creative writing, drama, instrumental music, theater, visual arts and vocal music. Coupled with a strong academic program, Bradley develops both the artistic and academic talents of its students.

Hobgood Elementary – STEM School

The STEM program shows students the value of learning skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Students learn to become critical thinkers through hands-on academic experiences that involve innovative new technologies.

Mitchell-Neilson – Leadership Academy

Leader in Me is an innovative, school-wide model that increases teacher effectiveness, student engagement, and academic achievement, while preparing students to be leaders in the 21st century. The development of good habits, grounded in the values of citizenship and leadership, is a fundamental part of this philosophy. Mitchell-Neilson has earned the prestigious status of a Lighthouse School.

How does the process work?

Choice schools have a limited number of openings.  Applications will be accepted from April 2 through April 27.

A letter of acceptance will be mailed to students on or before May 21.  After receiving your letter of acceptance, parents must complete and return a letter of intent.  The letter of intent will be part of the acceptance packet sent to parents.

Students may be admitted after the beginning of the 2018-19 school year if space permits based on the principal’s discretion.

No bus transportation will be provided to students out of zone for choice schools.



Choice School Application 2018-19

Preschool Registration Sign

Preschool Applications Now Available

Murfreesboro City Schools Preschool Program is now accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year.

Applications will be accepted through April 13, 2018 at any Murfreesboro City School between 9:00 and 2:00 or at our Oakland Court Preschool location, 318 East Lokey, 37130.

Only children who live within the city limits of Murfreesboro are eligible for the program and must be 4 years old on or before August 15, 2018.

MCS preschool classrooms will be located in several schools for the 2018-2019 school year. The school locations for the classrooms are tentative and will depend on space availability. We will also continue to offer classrooms at our off-site locations at Mercury Court and Oakland Court.

For complete information, visit the main preschool page on our website or click MCS Preschool.

Teacher of the Year Graphic

2018 Teachers of the Year

Murfreesboro City Schools is proud to announce that Angela Pope, teacher at Erma Siegel Elementary, has been selected as a Teacher of the Year Region-level finalist for the Mid Cumberland Region. Ms. Pope is one of 27 finalists from across the state who will move forward in the State Teacher of the Year selection process.

Twenty-four MCS teachers were honored this week during the Teacher of the Year Ceremony. These teachers were chosen for the school-level honor based on their commitment to teaching excellence.

The 2017-2018 Building Level Honorees are:

Black Fox Elementary: Rhonda Melson, Kimberly Nelson
Bradley Elementary: Jamara DeBerry, Stephanie Turner
Cason Lane Academy: Michelle Follis, Nicolette Sanders
Discovery School at Bellwood: Bess Turner, Tiara Vance
Erma Siegel Elementary: Angela Pope, Patric Thomas
Hobgood Elementary: Amy Brooks, Judi Hinds
John Pittard Elementary: Sasha Burnette, Rebekah Tate
Mitchell-Neilson Schools: Sydney Dewberry, Sayward Ratliff
Northfield Elementary: Janice Pharis, Karen Godwin
Overall Creek Elementary: Jessica Burns, Mallory Eaton
Reeves-Rogers Elementary: Alisha Byrd, Shiloh Siegle
Scales Elementary: John Harding, Liz Rueby

In addition to Pope, Jamara DeBerry was also honored as a district-level Teacher of the Year by Murfreesboro City Schools.

The Teacher of the Year reception was held during Public Schools Week. Schools and teachers have a purpose and a role to play not just for individual students, but for communities.

The Tennessee Teacher of the Year program is designed to promote recognition, respect, and appreciation for teachers, to stimulate interest in teaching as a career, and to encourage public involvement in education.

2018 Teachers of Year

Angela Pope and Jamara DeBerry

MCS Book Mobile

MCS Mobile Library Hits the Road this Summer

Murfreesboro City Schools (MCS) is preparing to take reading on the road this summer. MCS will add a library on wheels to encourage reading during the summer months and throughout the year. The MCS mobile library is funded through Christy-Houston Foundation grant.

“Summer reading loss can be a big issue in the success of a student,” says Caresa Dodson, Reading and Intervention Coordinator. “Bringing a mobile library to neighborhoods will help children and families have easier access to books and the power of reading.”

Through the mobile library, children can receive books weekly during the summer. Additionally, staff members will provide literacy activities work with parents to model good reading habits and help select age appropriate books. The bus will contain an array of children’s favorite books as well as extra activities and a Wi-Fi feature. The bus will be used in the fall and spring to extend learning opportunities for parents—with topics such as how to develop healthy habits in their children and what learning to expect in various grade levels.

“A child’s summer learning experience in early years will make a difference in high school and college careers,” says Joe Marlin, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction. “We need to take down barriers as well as nurture and cultivate a child’s natural curiosity. To borrow a quote from Dr. Seuss, ‘Oh, the places you’ll go…with a book’.”

An out-of-service school bus will be repurposed to house the mobile library. The air-conditioned bus will include shelving and seating as well as tablets and a video presentation lab for enrichment programs. This literacy initiative aims to help children discover a passion for reading.

Children from age two through sixth grade and their families can check out books, read and keep them in their home library or return them and be registered for prizes.

MCS is currently conducting a naming competition with students and staff to help name the mobile book bus. Additionally, a book drive will be held in April to help stock the bus’s library.

The Christy-Houston Foundation, Inc. is a private, health legacy foundation that strives to enhance the quality of life in Rutherford County, with special emphasis on health care, by distributing grants to local programs and projects that reflect their mission.

MCS News Update

Returning Student Registration 2018

Parents and guardians of MCS students in grades K-5 should update their child’s registration for the 2018-19 school year beginning Thursday, March 8th.

Parents can log into their existing account at Family Access before May 18th to update information. Updates cannot be made through the mobile app. If you do not have access to a non-mobile device to update registration, your school may be offering a date for you to access equipment to register. Please check with your school if you have questions.

If you prefer, you may request a paper packet from the school.

For update instructions, click the link below:

Returning Student Registration 2018


MCS News Update

New Student Registration

Registration information regarding your child’s school may be picked up at the school ESP welcome desk throughout the summer.  Beginning July 24 – August 3, schools will be open for registration during the school day.  Parents are encouraged to register their students in advance of school beginning on August 1, 2018.

Kindergarten Registration

All children entering kindergarten must be five years old on or before August 15, 2018.

To register new students parents should bring:

  1. Your child’s Official Birth Certificate
  2. Tennessee Dept. of Health Certification of Immunization
  3. Proof of Physical within the last year
  4. Verification of Your Address. This must be a current utility bill with your name and address on it.  (Example: Water, Electric, Gas).

If you live outside the city limits of Murfreesboro and want to attend a Murfreesboro City School you will need to contact the Central Office at 615-893-2313 to request and fill out an OUT-OF-CITY application form. If approved, you will need to bring the OUT-OF-CITY ASSIGNMENT SHEET mailed to you, showing the school to which your child has been assigned.


Preschool and kindergarten are wonderful years to grow socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually.  We are honored to welcome you and your child to Murfreesboro City Schools.

(Student Registration Card Download)

(Home Language Survey Download)

(Military and Sibling Data Collection Download)

(Occupational Survey (English) Download)

(Occupational Survey (Spanish) Download)

(Transportation Kindergarten Form Download)

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