Jumpstart your Success in Chattanooga
From pre-K to college, our robust network of local schools provides some of the best education options in the state, creating a smart and savvy community with plenty of great resources.
A TOP-TIER EDUCATION SYSTEM
Chattanooga schools ensure that students get started on an early path to success. From a robust network of local public schools to highly ranked colleges and universities, Chattanooga is a hub for education at every level. Students here have access to a vast pool of resources and support, and teachers and professors are passionate about fostering students’ growth. In Chattanooga, you’re not just a number – you’re a valued student with unlimited potential.
COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga lies in the heart of our downtown district, ideally located on the banks of the Tennessee River and surrounded by plenty of local attractions. Offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs, along with many exciting research opportunities, UTC is equipped with high-tech learning facilities and accomplished professors. The university offers over 140 undergraduate majors and concentrations, and over 50 undergraduate minors. Chattanooga State Community College offers a variety of two-year and four-year degree programs and technical certificate programs. No matter what you plan on doing after graduation, there are plenty of options here to forge your own pathway.
Southern Adventist University is a private Seventh-day Adventist college offering degrees in everything from arts and humanities to science and mathematics. Bryan College in nearby Dayton, TN is a private Christian liberal arts college that offers over 50 different programs, ranging from Associates’ to Masters’ degrees. Private Christian liberal arts college Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, GA offers a specialized faith-based education. In Cleveland, TN, Lee University is becoming one of the largest Christ-centered private institutions in Tennessee, with 49 on-campus undergraduate majors in 129 programs of study.
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K-12 PUBLIC SCHOOLS
The Hamilton County Schools district operates 36 elementary schools, 19 middle schools, 17 high schools and 14 magnet schools in this region. With a 16:1 student-teacher ratio, Hamilton County Schools offer highly-rated teachers who are motivated to help students succeed. Within the network, Apison Elementary School is rated the best public elementary school in the Chattanooga area by Niche. Additionally, in 2019, Hamilton County Schools earned the highest level of student academic growth in literacy & numeracy, literacy, numeracy, social studies and overall. 45 of the district’s 74 schools are now considered level 5 schools overall, which means they meet the highest standard of academic achievement. Meanwhile, 80 percent of teachers met or exceeded student growth expectations.
Hamilton County Schools also offer 28 Future Ready Institutes programs across 13 zone high schools, providing students with career, theme-based teaching beginning in 9th grade. These diverse programs range from manufacturing and robotics to entrepreneurship and marketing, and are designed to prepare students for a postsecondary jump start.
PRIVATE & CHARTER SCHOOLS
Chattanooga also offers private and charter school options for K-12 students. Small class sizes ensure that teachers are hands-on with students. Many of these private education options include a religious education as part of the curriculum. Read more about some of these schools by clicking the links below.
- Baylor School
- Belvoir Christian Academy
- Chattanooga Christian School
- Hamilton Heights Christian Academy
- Hickory Valley Christian School
- Our Lady of Perpetual Help School
- The Bright School
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