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Accepting Applications: March 1-15, 2021


Hixson Strings (6th Grade Opportunity)

 Students who are currently active in a Chattanooga Symphony Strings in Schools program in a Hamilton County elementary School may apply for enrollment at Hixson Middle School.
Hixson Middle School is proud to offer a pathway of continued music-making and learning to 5th graders participating in the Chattanooga Symphony’s Strings in Schools elementary beginner strings program.

Current HCS Families: To complete the application, please visit the “forms” section of your Parent Portal account. Access your account here.

The application opens March 1, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. Families will be informed of their enrollment status by March 26.

CSLA (9th Grade Opportunity)

Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts is adding their first 9th-grade class next school year, August 2021.  

Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts is committed to offering an accelerated, well-rounded education to all students focused on specific disciplines such as the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. In keeping with the Paideia philosophy, CSLA courses are designed to produce students who refine their reasoning, reading, and communication skills within the work of each discipline. The curriculum is designed to challenge students and prepare them for demanding college studies that lie ahead. Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses provide the rigor needed to support our students’ future.

Current HCS Families: To complete the application, please visit the “forms” section of your Parent Portal account. Access your account here.

Not Currently Enrolled in a Hamilton County School? To complete the application, complete the application here. 


2021-22 Late Choice Application
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(See Select School Choices Below)


Magnet Schools (K-8th Grade)

  • Barger Academy
  • Brown Academy
  • Tyner Middle Academy 

Open Enrollment Schools (K-12th Grade)

  • Dalewood Middle
  • Hamilton County Virtual School
  • Howard Connect Academy
  • Loftis Middle School
  • Lookout Mountain School
  • Lookout Valley Middle High School
  • Ooltewah Middle School


Early College (9th-12th Grade)

  • Gestamp
  • Hamilton County Collegiate High School
  • Mechatronics Akademie at Volkswagen
  • Polytech Academy
  • Sequoyah High School 


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Questions regarding school choice can be emailed to



Future Ready Institutes (9th Grade)

  • BlueCross Technology Academy at Red Bank 
  • BlueCross Technology Academy at Soddy Daisy
  • Institute of Aviation at Brainerd 
  • Institute of Entrepreneurship at Brainerd 
  • Institute of Law, First Responders & Forensic Science at Brainerd 
  • Bryan College Institute of Leadership, Business & Marketing at East Hamilton 
  • Institute of Innovative Engineering at East Hamilton 
  • Institute of Engineering and Design at East Ridge 
  • Institute of Building Construction at East Ridge
  • Institute of Leadership at East Ridge 
  • Institute of Advanced Agriculture, Food, Natural Resources and Technology at Hixson 
  • CHI Memorial Institute of Healthcare and Medical Careers at Hixson 
  • Institute of Future Business Leaders and Owners at Hixson 
  • Erlanger Institute of Healthcare and Innovation at Howard 
  • See Rock City Inc. Institute of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Howard 
  • Institute of Robotics and Welding at Howard 
  • EPB Institute of Technology and Networking at Tyner
  • UTC Institute of Teaching and Learning at Tyner
  • Institute of Health Sciences at Tyner Academy
  • UTC Institute of International Baccalaureate at Ooltewah 
  • Institute of Construction, Engineering, and Design at Sale Creek 
  • Institute of Advanced Manufacturing and Construction at Harrison Bay Future Ready Center
  • Institute of Architecture and Construction at Howard 
  • Institute of Technology and Engineering at Lookout Valley 
  • Institute of Automotive Maintenance and Manufacturing at Lookout Valley
  • Institute of Architecture and Engineering at Harrison Bay Future Ready Center
  • Institute of Social Media Marketing and Sports Management at Red BanK
  • UTC Institute of International Baccalaureate at Signal Mountain
  • Institute of Media and Entrepreneurship at Soddy Daisy

Priority Dates for 2021-22 School Year Choice Options


Choice Lottery Application Opens
December 1, 2020

Choice School Sibling Confirmation Letter
December 2020

Priority Deadline for Choice Lottery Application
January 31, 2021

Run Lottery
February 8, 2021

Share Lottery Results with Families
February 15, 2021

Deadline for Families to Respond to Offer
February 24, 2021

There are several categories of schools students are eligible to apply for outside of their zoned school. Explore them further below: