From boarding schools to big universities, Chattanooga runs the gamut on good schools.
Hamilton County School District is home to dozens of schools and prides itself on its high academic standards. Chattanooga School of the Arts and Sciences, a magnet k-12 school, bases its philosophy on 'Paideia' philosophy, which ensures that the curriculum is generalized, not specialized, and includes concepts of democracy and responsibility. A second magnet school, Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts, became the second school in Chattanooga to follow the philosophy.
Some may shy away from boarding schools, but Baylor School prides itself on academic excellence with a small-community feel. It offers its students supervision while also giving them a feel for independence and a built in “24-hour community.” The campus spans 670 acres where students enjoy a number of athletics and after-school activities. The school also boasts a 100% college placement rate, with eight out of ten students accepted into the first university of their choice. Baylor's program begins in the sixth grade and continues through senior year of high school.
Chattanooga also holds a number of universities. The University of Tennessee Chattanooga, one of three universities affiliated with the University of Tennessee system, is best known for its nationally ranked business program. The business school was ranked in Businessweeks's Top 100 undergraduate programs in the nation, but the university has over 140 other majors and concentrations for students to choose from. Chattanooga's Bethel University was the first in Tennessee to establish the Laptop Initiative, which provides every student with their own laptop, and nearby Tennessee Temple University was the first Christian college in the area.