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Shaping Future Leaders

Chattanooga’s public and private schools are committed to quality education for all K-12 students, while additional publicly and privately funded accelerated educational opportunities help set Hamilton County apart.

A five-year action plan, Future Ready 2023 has been helping prepare students to succeed in college, a career, or whatever their future holds. In the 2019-2020 school year, the addition of college and career advisors to the district – including 18 full-time advisor positions and a lead advisor support position – contributed to the Class of 2020’s scholarship offers amounting to more than $121 million, an increase from the previous year. Students additionally benefited from opportunities to take advanced and dual enrollment courses, study advanced concepts in STEAM classes, and participate in Future Ready Institutes (career-themed small learning communities).

As further evidence of Hamilton County’s historic academic growth, in 2019, 32 schools achieved Reward status, the top distinction a school can earn in the state of Tennessee. This was a record number for the district. Dr. Bryan Johnson, superintendent of Hamilton County Schools, was named 2021 Tennessee Superintendent of the Year in honor of the tremendous results he has seen since accepting the leadership role in 2017, and six area high schools earned a 2020 College Success Award.  

The Hamilton County Department of Education, the Benwood Foundation, the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Public Education Foundation launched Chattanooga 2.0, a cradle-to-career partnership, in 2015 to improve public education outcomes for all students. A number of education-related initiatives and programs have been instated since the partnership’s inception, including Camp Kindergarten, a free kindergarten readiness program, and The Chattanooga Basics – a campaign with five evidence-based principles to help all children aged 0-3 have a great start in life. In 2020, Chattanooga 2.0 helped drive efforts to ensure Hamilton County students had access to essential technology in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To provide students with on-the-job experience, the Public Education Foundation’s STEP-UP Chattanooga program pairs 175 Hamilton County working-age students with local employers for paid summer internships each year. Through the program, interns are able to build vital professional skills, gain confidence and a better understanding of their potential, and make connections with Chattanooga professionals. 

Hamilton County is home to 13 magnet schools with concentrations in fine arts, environmental science, liberal arts, math, science, and technology. Offering specialized curriculum to students are four charter schools, while alternative schools in the area provide options for high-achieving, special needs, or at-risk students. In addition to public elementary, middle, and high schools, more than 40 private schools – many of which rank among the country’s most prestigious – serve the Chattanooga area. 

Nearby Bradley County has seven private schools serving K-12 in the region. Public education is divided between Bradley County Schools and Cleveland City Schools.

Did you know?

Out of the 2019 graduating class for all Hamilton County Schools, 99% of students took the ACT. This participation rate is higher than the state participation rate and is up 6% from 2016, when the information was first made public by the state. 

Shaping Future Leaders

Chattanooga’s public and private schools are committed to quality education for all K-12 students, while additional publicly and privately funded accelerated educational opportunities help set Hamilton County apart.

A five-year action plan, Future Ready 2023 has been helping prepare students to succeed in college, a career, or whatever their future holds. In the 2019-2020 school year, the addition of college and career advisors to the district – including 18 full-time advisor positions and a lead advisor support position – contributed to the Class of 2020’s scholarship offers amounting to more than $121 million, an increase from the previous year. Students additionally benefited from opportunities to take advanced and dual enrollment courses, study advanced concepts in STEAM classes, and participate in Future Ready Institutes (career-themed small learning communities).

As further evidence of Hamilton County’s historic academic growth, in 2019, 32 schools achieved Reward status, the top distinction a school can earn in the state of Tennessee. This was a record number for the district. Dr. Bryan Johnson, superintendent of Hamilton County Schools, was named 2021 Tennessee Superintendent of the Year in honor of the tremendous results he has seen since accepting the leadership role in 2017, and six area high schools earned a 2020 College Success Award.  

The Hamilton County Department of Education, the Benwood Foundation, the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Public Education Foundation launched Chattanooga 2.0, a cradle-to-career partnership, in 2015 to improve public education outcomes for all students. A number of education-related initiatives and programs have been instated since the partnership’s inception, including Camp Kindergarten, a free kindergarten readiness program, and The Chattanooga Basics – a campaign with five evidence-based principles to help all children aged 0-3 have a great start in life. In 2020, Chattanooga 2.0 helped drive efforts to ensure Hamilton County students had access to essential technology in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To provide students with on-the-job experience, the Public Education Foundation’s STEP-UP Chattanooga program pairs 175 Hamilton County working-age students with local employers for paid summer internships each year. Through the program, interns are able to build vital professional skills, gain confidence and a better understanding of their potential, and make connections with Chattanooga professionals. 

Hamilton County is home to 13 magnet schools with concentrations in fine arts, environmental science, liberal arts, math, science, and technology. Offering specialized curriculum to students are four charter schools, while alternative schools in the area provide options for high-achieving, special needs, or at-risk students. In addition to public elementary, middle, and high schools, more than 40 private schools – many of which rank among the country’s most prestigious – serve the Chattanooga area. 

Nearby Bradley County has seven private schools serving K-12 in the region. Public education is divided between Bradley County Schools and Cleveland City Schools.

Did you know?

Out of the 2019 graduating class for all Hamilton County Schools, 99% of students took the ACT. This participation rate is higher than the state participation rate and is up 6% from 2016, when the information was first made public by the state. 

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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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