About Us


The Oak Ridge Nursery School has been a part of the Oak Ridge community since 1945. The school was started by a group of parents at the height of the Manhattan Project during World War II, and it is still owned and operated by parents of enrolled children.


ORNS began as the Grove Nursery School and became the Oak Ridge Nursery School Association after incorporation in 1952.  In recognition of our historical significance in the community, the school was awarded the Oak Ridge Historic Preservation Award in 2005. ORNS promotes teamwork among parents and teachers to provide a strong learning program for enrolled children. With considerable intellectual and professional resources living and working in Oak Ridge, the team effort results in a superior program. ORNS emphasizes the total development of each child intellectually, physically, socially, and emotionally by providing a wide array of opportunities and experiences in each of these areas. Since the year 2000, ORNS has earned the Tennessee Three-Star Rating for excellence in childcare, the highest honor a childcare facility can receive from the state. ORNS is also proud to be voted “Best Day Care in Anderson County” in 2006 and 2019
ORNS is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation chartered by the State of Tennessee. We emphasize the total development of each individual child (intellectually, physically, socially, and emotionally) by providing a wide array of opportunities and experiences in each of these areas. We promote parent and parent-teacher cooperation in providing a quality nursery school program.

Parents Say:

"I feel like I'm leaving my child in good hands at ORNS each morning. The teachers really care about her needs and have taught her so many things. I also like that I can attend board meetings and have a say about what happens at the school." - Sara

"Our family has been involved with ORNS for three years now and I couldn't be happier with our choice in a pre-school. The teachers at ORNS are experts at teaching the skills needed for entering kindergarten while keeping it all so fun!  - Jasmine

All of our kids went to ORNS! We love it there. - Josh