Chattanoogans have reason to be proud of their public school system.

More than 44,000 students from grades K-12 attend city and county schools, which are fully accredited by the State of Tennessee. The combined city/county school systems place strong emphasis on maintaining the finest in curriculum and facilities, and both provide special education programs and services for handicapped students.

Strong parental interest is shown in the active involvement in PTA, booster clubs and other support groups. Additionally, more than 60 local businesses participate in the nationally recognized Adopt-A-School Program.

Information you should know

  • A child must be 6 years old on or before September 30th to enter the first grade. A birth certificate is required.
  • Kindergarten is mandatory for enrollment in the first grade since July 1, 1993.
  • Kindergarten and first-grade students must, by law, have a series of inoculations and a recent physical examination. For more information, call the Child Health Division, 423-209-8050.

Hamilton County Department of Education
Administrative Office
201 Broad Street
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37402

Private and Parochial Schools

Chattanooga is home to some of the foremost private and parochial schools in the country. Baylor, McCallie, Girls Preparatory School, the Christian School and Notre Dame are noted for their strong college preparatory emphasis. The following is a partial list of private schools in the Chattanooga area.

Girls’ Preparatory School (7-12)
200 Barton Avenue
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37405
The Baylor School (7-12)
Williams Island Ferrv Road
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37405
The Senter School (K-8)
1512 S. Holtzclaw Avenue
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37404
The Bright School (K-6)
1950 Hixson Pike
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37405
McCallie School (7-12)
2850 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37404
Boyd Buchanan School (K-12)
4626 Bonnieway Drive
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37411
Chattanooga Christian School (K-12)
3354 Broad Street
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37408
Lutheran School (K-8)
800 Belvoir Avenue
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37412
Notre Dame High School (9-12)
2701 Vermont Avenue
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37404
St. Jude Catholic School (K-8)
930 Ashland Terrace
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37415
St. Nicholas School (K-6)
7525 Min – Tom Drive
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37421
Our Lady of Perpetual Help School (K-8)
505 S. Moore Road
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37412
Brainerd Baptist School (K-8)
300 Brookfield Avenue
Chattanooga, Tennessee
The Scenicland School (1-6)
3319 Hixson Pike
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37415
The Scenicland High School
1130 Mountain Creek Road
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37405