Karla Riddle ~ Director
Hamilton County operates 13 different magnet schools in the county. Magnet programs feature a theme for the curriculum at that school and represent Hamilton County’s choice school program.
While each magnet school has its own unique characteristics, they all share a commitment to provide engaging instruction for all students. Each program offers core curriculum that includes language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science. This standard is combined with the need for parent involvement to create a progressive learning atmosphere.
Thirteen of the county’s 15 magnet schools offer admission through the annual Lottery Process. Parents apply online or in person from November through January 31 of each year. The lottery is then run through a computerized system and students are randomly selected for available magnet seats at schools based on their listed preferences.
Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences and Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts do not participate in the lottery process, but have an application. New admissions for kindergarten have been established. Please review the process under Magnet Schools, CSAS / CSLA New Kindergarten Admission Process. Parents interested in applying for all other grades should submit an application. All students are placed on a waiting list and invited to attend as space becomes available.
Karla Riddle, Director of Innovative Programs
Sandy Lowman, Administrative Assistant
Barger Academy (K-5), Performing arts
Battle Academy (K-5), Math/Science
Brown Academy (K-5), International Studies
Calvin Donaldson Environmental Science Academy (K-5), Environmental Science
Center for Creative Arts (6-12), Performing Arts
East Lake Academy (6-12), Expeditionary Learning
Chattanooga School for the Arts and Science (K-12), Paideia
Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts (K-8), Paideia
Lakeside Academy (K-5), Math/Science/Technology
Normal Park Museum Magnet (K-8), Museum
Tyner Middle (6-8), Math/Science/Technology
Tyner Academy (9-12), Math/Science/Technology