Bedford County delivers an array of top-notch education opportunities, including public and private institutions.
With 13 schools, a vocational annex and Bedford County Learning Academy, housing alternative learning programs, the Bedford County Department of Education offers many quality public education programs. These educational facilities serve approximately 7,800 students and are staffed with approximately 950 employees. Among these schools is Thomas School, which was chosen to serve as Bedford County's magnet school in 2009. This school, designed for high achieving students, serves grades K-5 and focuses on technology, leadership and after-school enrichment opportunities such as drama, art and science.
Since 1870, The Webb School in Bell Buckle has served as one of the South's oldest and top-performing boarding schools. Offering college-preparatory courses and college-preparatory honors courses, the private school is committed to seeing students excel academically and personally. Serving grades 6-12, Webb offers small classroom sizes, making it easy for students to receive intimate training and individual attention. In addition to its core academic areas of study, Webb also offers several electives to its students. Many of them have the option of taking such classes as advanced painting, world religions, computer applications, wilderness skills, creative writing or fresh water biology. Webb, despite its small size, also allows students to choose from a range of advanced placement classes, where they can earn college credit or advanced placement in college courses. Other private schools in the area include Christian Chapel Academy and Victory Baptist Academy.
Located two miles from downtown Shelbyville is the Tennessee Technology Center. This 20-acre campus, housed under the Tennessee Board of Regents system, specializes in competency-based training both traditionally and online, helping students prepare for jobs and job advancement. Opening its doors in 1964, this school offers state-of-the-art equipment, giving students the hands-on experience and training they need to succeed. Areas of study available to students include collision repair, computer information technology, practical nursing and truck driving. The school also offers supplemental training based on business, industry and public demand in select areas. Additional higher education institutions, including Middle Tennessee State University and Motlow State Community College, are just a short commute away.