The Hamilton County Department of Education enjoys broad support from a wide spectrum of local organizations, foundations and businesses. This support is integral to the job we do in educating our students. Each partner supports the system in a unique way.
We are very appreciative of our Community Partners!
- 4-H Youth Development - Hamilton County 4-H is a non-profit organization that is part of the University of Tennessee Knoxville & Tennessee State University Cooperative Extension. 4-H Youth Development provides educational, research based programming for elementary, middle, and high school aged youth within various schools in Hamilton County. The variety of lessons, activities, and projects offered through Hamilton County 4-H are in line with at least 106 of the Tennessee Curriculum Educational Standards and numerous State Performance Indicators inclusive of both state courses by academic area & courses by program area. The UTK/TSU – Hamilton County Extension provides resources and educational outreach initiatives in various subject areas that promote life skills to youth in rural, urban, and suburban communities.
- Allied Arts - Allied Arts of Greater Chattanooga is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the arts in the community. This organization provides artists in residence for art instruction at various schools, administers the "Imagine" program, which exposes all elementary students to some form of professional performing arts performance, offers support for instruction through professional development for performing arts teachers.
- The Benwood Foundation - The Benwood Foundation is a non-profit foundation that has funded the Benwood Initiative for the last 8 years. This initiative, which has received national acclaim, funneled more than $15 million into the lowest performing elementary schools in the county. Relying on the concepts of strong leadership and extensive professional development, the Benwood Initiative has transformed elementary education in Hamilton County. It has been hailed as a role model for turning around low performing schools within the national Race to the Top initiative.
- Carnegie Corporation of New York - The Carnegie Corporation partnered with the Public Education Foundation and HCDE to reform high schools by creating small learning communities within each school. This effort, called Schools for a New Society, garnered more than $10 million in grant funds. It focused on four primary goals: personalization, flexibility, increased rigor and relevance. As part of the SNS reform initiative, each school created a career academy which infused real-world concepts into daily learning. Hamilton County is home to 2 National Career Academies of the Year and 2 National Career Academy Teachers of the Year.
- Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce - The Chamber has become an active partner with the system in the last four years, helping to bridge the gap between business and education. Each council adopts a local school, offering support through a variety of means including monetary donations and sweat equity.
- County Mayor Claude Ramsey's Read 20 Initiative - In 2004, County Mayor Claude Ramsey held an education summit to gather input from the community about the future of education in Hamilton County. Read 20 was born out of that summit. Read 20 seeks to ensure that community members, parents, and educators read to a child 20 minutes a day with hopes of having all students reading on grade level by third grade. In the last two years, Read 20 has distributed more than 30,000 books to students in Hamilton County to promote reading.
- Fund for Excellence / Kid's First - the Fund For Excellence is a local non-profit organization that exists to support Hamilton County Schools. This organization runs the annual Kids' First Coupon book sale, that offers citizens and residents a book of coupons to local retailers for $10. Elementary schools sell the books and keep $7 of each book sold to be used at the principal's discretion. Coupon Book proceeds have been used for technology, teacher supplements, conferences, supplies and other school needs.
- Junior League of Chattanooga
With its rich history of service to the community and its proven training, Junior League of Chattanooga (JLC) continues to make a lasting impact by investing time, talents and finances in programs and projects to improve the quality of life for thousands of residents around the greater Chattanooga area.
JLC believes that an emotionally, physically, spiritually and mentally healthy child is the product of a supportive, well-balanced family structure. Through collaborations with other individuals, agencies, and organizations that share our values, JLC’s community impact is greater than any member could make on her own.
- The Lyndhurst Foundation - In 2006, the Lyndhurst Foundation partnered with the Public Education Foundation and HCDE on a middle school reform initiative called Middle Schools for a new Society. This reform initiative, patterned after high school reform efforts, sought to improve instruction in all 21 middle schools with four key concepts: personalization, flexiblity, rigor and relevance. Lyndhurst has funneled about $6 million into the reform effort in the last 4 years.
- Public Education Foundation - For the last 20 years, the Public Education Foundation has raised money to support public education in Hamilton County. PEF partners with the district on a vareity of instructional reform initiatives including the Benwood Initiative, MSNS, College Access, the Principal Leadership Academy and staff development.