Growing parent demand: Charter schools began opening in Hamilton County, which includes Chattanooga, in the 2009-10 school year, beginning with approximately 127 students in two schools. Since that time, parent demand for increased high-performing education options for their children has driven more student enrollment. Student enrollment has grown more than six times since charter school began operating in Hamilton County.

Current landscape: There are an estimated more than 600 charter school students in Chattanooga in the 2013-14 school year enrolled in three schools.

Student achievement: On average, students attending Tennessee charter school students receive a better education than their peers in district schools. According to the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University, Tennessee’s charter school students gained the equivalent of an additional 86 days of learning in reading and 72 days in mathematics in comparison to their traditional public school counterparts. These results were among the highest of all states studied.


Chattanooga Charter School of Excellence5600 Brainerd Road, Chattanooga 37411K-5
Chattanooga Charter School of Excellence - Middle School5600 Brainerd Road, Chattanooga 374116
Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy1802 Bailey Avenue, Chattanooga 374046th - 12th
Ivy Academy8520 Dayton Pike, Soddy-Daisy 373799th-12th