Frequently Asked Questions
1) How big is the system? We educate more than 42,000 students
2) Is Hamilton County an urban system? Yes, but we also have suburban and rural schools.
3) How many employees do you have? About 6500
4) How many schools are there? 78
5) How do I enroll my child in a school? Enrollment is based on your residence. Once you move in, you should visit your neighborhood school (view zoning information) to register. For registration/enrollment information and requirements, please visit the registration page.
6) Can I enroll in a school outside of my zone? Hardship transfers are available each year from May through July. Hardships applications are reviewed individually. For more information about hardships and transfers, please visit the Student Services page.
7) Do you offer transportation? Yes, based on residence and school attendance. For specific information please visit the Transportation Page.
8) My child has special needs. What do I do? We educate ALL children. Please contact the Exceptional Education office for our evaluation process and procedures.
9) What curriculum do you offer? Our curriculum is based on the Tennessee State Standards, which have been adopted by the Tennessee State Board of Education. In elementary school, we use the Everyday Math curriculum. In middle school, we follow Connected Math and in high school we are focused on Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry. All levels follow a diverse literacy plan based on the student's individual needs, challenges and achievement.
10) What is AYP and how do I know what it means? AYP stands for Adequate Yearly Progress. This is a term from the No Child Left Behind legislation that requires schools and districts to hit set benchmarks for student achievement every year. Hamilton County Schools is in good standing. For specific information about No Child Left Behind, please visit the AYP section under Test Scores.
11) I work. Do you offer before and after school Child Care? Yes, most of our elementary schools and some middle schools offer before and after school care. Please visit the Child Care portion of the website for detailed information.
12) What do I do if I have an issue/concern with my child's school? We ask that all parent/community issues are first addressed with the school principal. Most issues and concerns are easily alleviated at the building level. If, however, a solution is not achieved, parents and community members may contact the Operations Department at the Central Office for further assistance. For information about our Operations Department, please see the applicable level (elementary, middle or high school).