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Shaping Future Leaders

Chattanooga provides a variety of options for public, private, and specialty schools at the K-12 level. The dedication to quality education, accelerated learning institutions, and high graduation rates helps set Hamilton County apart. 

Hamilton County continues the pursuit of creating future-ready schools. Officials remain dedicated to the Future Ready 2023 goal of a 90% overall graduation in the next two years. The 2020-21 school year saw an 87% graduation rate – up from the 86.6% baseline in 2018 when the initiative began and in spite of the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Future Ready 2023 is a five-year action plan that helps prepare students for success in their pursuit of higher education and careers, with a vision of making Hamilton County Schools the fastest-improving district in Tennessee. Supporting this initiative, college and career advisors are available throughout the district, along with opportunities for students to take advanced and dual-enrollment courses, STEAM classes, and participate in Future Ready Institutes.

Further advancing education, in 2021, Hamilton County Schools also partnered with local organizations and the Public Education Foundation to open the Global Center for Digital Innovation in 2021 – the first K-14 digital fabrication center in the world, located on the Chattanooga State Community College campus. The center provides resources for Future Ready students and serves as an epicenter for developing the businesses of tomorrow.

The continuing success of Hamilton County students was notable in the 2020-21 school year. Graduates from the class of 2021 earned more than $116 million in scholarships, with plans to attend 171 colleges and universities across the country. Additionally, the number of high school students earning industry certifications – which allow graduates to leave high school with certification in a skill set for a future career – nearly tripled from last school year, with more than 900 certifications earned in 2021.

Adding to the success of Hamilton County Schools over the last year is the number of schools to earn Reward status. Thirty-two schools earned Level 5 distinction from the 2020-21 Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System, and 13 earned Reward School status. The Reward designation is the highest honor for academic achievements in Tennessee, and the results are a testament to the continued success of students growing their knowledge, skills, and abilities.

In 2015, the Hamilton County Department of Education, The Benwood Foundation, the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Public Education Foundation launched Chattanooga 2.0, which aims to improve education and workforce opportunities. Since its inception, Chattanooga 2.0 has instated programs like Camp Kindergarten, a free kindergarten readiness program, and The Chattanooga Basics, a campaign to help children ages 0-3 have a great start to life. In an ongoing effort to promote success from an early age, Tennesseans for Quality Early Education (TQEE) launched the Bright Start Tennessee Network in 2021, a new statewide initiative to accelerate early learning outcomes and close opportunity gaps for Tennessee children from birth through third grade.

Adding to the Chattanooga area’s on-the-job work experience is the Public Education Foundation’s STEP-UP Chattanooga program, which matches 175 low-income, working-age Hamilton County students with public agencies for paid summer internships. The program offers work readiness training to help students learn professional skills, gain a better understanding of their potential, and network with Chattanooga professionals. Since 2016, HCS students have earned more than $540,000 through STEP-UP Chattanooga.

The 2020-21 school year saw additional challenges due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but local efforts helped close the digital divide and make remote learning easier than ever. Hamilton County Schools established HCS EdConnect, Powered by EPB, in 2020 and – less than a year since launch – installed internet at no charge in the homes of more than a third of all HCS students. To date, more than 14,000 students have enrolled in the program.

The Chattanooga area added a new Montessori school in 2021, Montessori Elementary at Highland Park. There are also 13 magnet schools in Hamilton County with concentrations in liberal arts, fine arts, science, environmental science, math, and technology. Four charter schools, as well as several specialty and public K-12 schools, provide additional educational opportunities in the area. Hamilton County is also home to more than 40 private schools, many of which rank among the country’s most prestigious.

 

Did You Know?

Eight Hamilton County Schools were ranked in the top 100 high schools in Tennessee in the 2021 U.S. News & World Report, with Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts ranking the highest at No. 10.

Shaping Future Leaders

Chattanooga provides a variety of options for public, private, and specialty schools at the K-12 level. The dedication to quality education, accelerated learning institutions, and high graduation rates helps set Hamilton County apart.  

Hamilton County continues the pursuit of creating future-ready schools. Officials remain dedicated to the Future Ready 2023 goal of a 90% overall graduation in the next two years. The 2020-21 school year saw an 87% graduation rate – up from the 86.6% baseline in 2018 when the initiative began and in spite of the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Future Ready 2023 is a five-year action plan that helps prepare students for success in their pursuit of higher education and careers, with a vision of making Hamilton County Schools the fastest-improving district in Tennessee. Supporting this initiative, college and career advisors are available throughout the district, along with opportunities for students to take advanced and dual-enrollment courses, STEAM classes, and participate in Future Ready Institutes. 

Further advancing education, in 2021, Hamilton County Schools also partnered with local organizations and the Public Education Foundation to open the Global Center for Digital Innovation in 2021 – the first K-14 digital fabrication center in the world, located on the Chattanooga State Community College campus. The center provides resources for Future Ready students and serves as an epicenter for developing the businesses of tomorrow. 

The continuing success of Hamilton County students was notable in the 2020-21 school year. Graduates from the class of 2021 earned more than $116 million in scholarships, with plans to attend 171 colleges and universities across the country. Additionally, the number of high school students earning industry certifications – which allow graduates to leave high school with certification in a skill set for a future career – nearly tripled from last school year, with more than 900 certifications earned in 2021. 

Adding to the success of Hamilton County Schools over the last year is the number of schools to earn Reward status. Thirty-two schools earned Level 5 distinction from the 2020-21 Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System, and 13 earned Reward School status. The Reward designation is the highest honor for academic achievements in Tennessee, and the results are a testament to the continued success of students growing their knowledge, skills, and abilities. 

In 2015, the Hamilton County Department of Education, The Benwood Foundation, the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Public Education Foundation launched Chattanooga 2.0, which aims to improve education and workforce opportunities. Since its inception, Chattanooga 2.0 has instated programs like Camp Kindergarten, a free kindergarten readiness program, and The Chattanooga Basics, a campaign to help children ages 0-3 have a great start to life. In an ongoing effort to promote success from an early age, Tennesseans for Quality Early Education (TQEE) launched the Bright Start Tennessee Network in 2021, a new statewide initiative to accelerate early learning outcomes and close opportunity gaps for Tennessee children from birth through third grade. 

Adding to the Chattanooga area’s on-the-job work experience is the Public Education Foundation’s STEP-UP Chattanooga program, which matches 175 low-income, working-age Hamilton County students with public agencies for paid summer internships. The program offers work readiness training to help students learn professional skills, gain a better understanding of their potential, and network with Chattanooga professionals. Since 2016, HCS students have earned more than $540,000 through STEP-UP Chattanooga. 

The 2020-21 school year saw additional challenges due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but local efforts helped close the digital divide and make remote learning easier than ever. Hamilton County Schools established HCS EdConnect, Powered by EPB, in 2020 and – less than a year since launch – installed internet at no charge in the homes of more than a third of all HCS students. To date, more than 14,000 students have enrolled in the program. 

The Chattanooga area added a new Montessori school in 2021, Montessori Elementary at Highland Park. There are also 13 magnet schools in Hamilton County with concentrations in liberal arts, fine arts, science, environmental science, math, and technology. Four charter schools, as well as several specialty and public K-12 schools, provide additional educational opportunities in the area. Hamilton County is also home to more than 40 private schools, many of which rank among the country’s most prestigious. 

 

Did You Know?

Eight Hamilton County Schools were ranked in the top 100 high schools in Tennessee in the 2021 U.S. News & World Report, with Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts ranking the highest at No. 10.

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Students at Chattanooga Christian School

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Boyd Buchanan Students at Graduation

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Students at McCallie School

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