dofeThe Hamilton County Department of Education system has more than 42,000 students, 6,500 employees, and 78 schools. Hamilton County is the fifth largest school system in Tennessee, covering the county's entire geographic area. The district boasts 78 different schools comprised of 46 elementary schools, 21 middle schools, 17 high schools, 15 magnet schools, an alternative program, a program for special needs students, and an adult high school.

Families with small children thinking about buying a home in the Chattanooga area will be pleased to know that Hamilton County is home to several Magnet Schools of Excellence. In elementary schools, 90% of the students are reading at or above their grade level. Literacy and Everyday Math are a primary focus in all schools with students on the road to success. The 2009 dropout rate was 19% with a 70% 4-year on-time graduation rate. Approximately 73% of graduates went to a 2- or 4-year college in 2009. Listed below are some of the area's top private schools.

Private Schools


utcThe University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is the second largest campus of the University of Tennessee system with a student population of over 9,500. Other institutions of higher learning in the area include Chattanooga State Technical Community College, Covenant College, Lee University, the University of the South, Southern Adventist University, Tennessee Temple University, local branches of Miller-Motte Technical College, and Virginia College. Chattanooga is home to the Chattanooga branch of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine which provides medical education to medical students, residents, and other medical professionals in southeast Tennessee through an affiliation with Erlanger Health System.

Higher Education

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