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Knoxville, TN
Students enrolled: 1,216

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8108 Beaver Ridge Road
Knoxville, TN 37931

(865) 539-7767
(865) 539-7774
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February 16, 2012
My son had this same teacher in the fourth grade and we loved her. She was a lot of fun and she is a very good teacher. He learned a lot and did very well in the fith grade.

- submitted by a parent

March 30, 2011
I have 3 children. All three attended this school and I have been pleased with every experience. I love this school. They have wonderful teachers who care about the students. The parents in this area are always so involved.

- submitted by a parent

January 15, 2011
Karns is great!! I have two children who attend Karns and I cannot say enough wonderful things about this school. It has an administration that listens to parents and seems to really work at making it a great school. The teachers are dedicated and energetic. I have driven by many times after hours and seen many of them still there working!! Families....Wow! Parents are involved and interested in making the school great. Hope you will get the chance to experience Karns first hand.

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October 13, 2010
They build relationships between parent teacher, student and academics. They believe in building self esteem, promoting positive character traits and values. My grandaughter is the fith generation to attend this school, and although the staff and building has changed, the foundation still remains!

- submitted by a community member
no rating
September 18, 2009
My son is in the 3rd grade a t Karns and is in his 4th year there. We have had nothing but exceptional teachers - Mrs. Knight, Mrs. Berrier, Mrs. Wiley, Mrs. Byrd. We are relocating with a job change out of state and saying goodbye to this school and it's students and staff will be one of the saddest things we do.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
March 03, 2009
Having held a position of employment that has allowed me the opportunity to have first hand knowlege and rapport with several Knox County schools and their faculty, I feel I have a unique point of view as to how Karns Elementary stacks up against the others in our county. Sadly, I beleive Karns is average at best. Certainly, there are some stand-out staff at Karns but as a whole Karns lacks the spirit and pride I have witnessed from other schools in our county and I beleive that spirit and pride either originates or fails to originate with the staff. Kudos to Mr. Grimac. I don't have a child in his class but when you drive by the playground its obvious who loves his job!

- submitted by a parent

February 12, 2009
Both of my children have attended Karns Elementary.The teachers there are awesome and always ready to go that extra mile if a student needs help.And the best thing is parents are always welcome.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
January 01, 2009
My daughters have all attended Karns Elementary, and we haven't had a bad teachers. The PTA program is very strong, and the teachers appear to have everything they need.

- submitted by a parent

November 29, 2008
my granddaughters have lived with me for 6 years and they both love Karns Elementary. The teachers that we have been involved with really seem great.

- submitted by a community member

August 09, 2008
My son is excited that school is getting ready to start! I believe it has alot to do with the staff at Karns Elementary! He will be a first grader at Karns. He loved his kindergarten teacher (Ms. Houser) and is looking forward to getting to know his new 1st grade teacher. I always feel welcome when I come to school to eat lunch with him or to help with activities.

- submitted by a parent

July 10, 2008
After moving from the eroded public schools of Georgia, I was blessed to find a Teacher Assistant position with Karns Elementary School. Though I only was able to know Cathy Summa for a year she always stopped to see if I was being taken care of and being Mentored by the other staff. I have never met a more dedicated staff of teachers and the Assistant Principal Susan Herald is a wonderful mentor. I am hoping to complete my student teaching next year at Karns and stay within the KES family. You can feel warmth when you walk through the door. My first grader thrived with Mrs. Collins as his teacher and she challenged him on a daily basis to go above and beyond. Its a school that I imgained for my son and we have been very pleased with the experience.

- submitted by a teacher

June 19, 2008
I love Karns. I have always felt very secure leaving my children there. I am saddened that Mrs. Summa is leaving, because she was a wonderful principal. My son was lucky enough to have her at two different schools. She was so involved with her students. I think any child who goes to Karns is a lucky child!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
May 12, 2008
The teachers and staff have always been a great help. I feel welcome everytime I come to the school and my children have learned so much while attending.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
February 08, 2008
This is my daughter's first year in school. She is a kindergardener. I must say that Karns Elementary has demonstrated to my daughter that school can be a fun place to learn. The teachers are caring and compassionate, they have a great open line of communication and are always there to answer any question that I may have concerning my child and her education. I am proud to have moved to the Karns Elementary school district. Ms. Bailey, Mrs. Harness , Mrs Smith, Mrs. Knight and the rest of the kindergarten teachers you are the best. My daughter loves getting up and going to school everyday. I am a proud parent of Karns elementary and would recommend it to anyone relocating to Knoxville.

- submitted by a parent

January 12, 2008
I love Karns! It is the best school ever!

- submitted by a student
no rating
December 03, 2007
the school karns is a great school and my kids love their teachers, mrs jones,mrs mcneeley , mrs,smith

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 25, 2007
Loved this school! They do so many activities with the children and the teachers are top notch. I wish my children still went there. They are in school in TX now are very ahead of their class

- submitted by a parent

August 16, 2007
I went to Karns and now my kids go there also. I love it, So do they!

- submitted by a parent

June 22, 2007
My daughter just completed kindergarten and I think her experience was great! At 5 years old she is reading at second grade level. The availability of extracurricular activities was a plus. I have never known a school that both welcomed and encouraged parental involvement the way Karns does. She will be back to attend next year. My only complaint is diversity. It is not very diverse, and I want my child to not only be well rounded intellectually, but culturally as well.

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April 24, 2007
I have two children that attend and love the school. One is in the 1st grade, gifted and has been bored since she started school. I have requested that someone challege her but have been ignored. I'm looking to move because of it and hope I can find a school that will take some notice. Office staff is great. I don't know who the principal is. Lots of parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent

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Karns Elementary School
8108 Beaver Ridge Road, Knoxville, TN  37931
(865) 539-7767
Last modified Karns Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Karns Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 29 reviews. Top