What is School Choice?


Every student has different interests, hopes, and dreams and must have access to opportunities that best open doors to exciting pathways to possibilities for their future. Choice schools expand the options for students to attend schools that best fit their individual interests and skillsets. These schools offer students opportunities that will propel them forward and ensure they are future-ready for college, career, and beyond.
Every student in Hamilton County is guaranteed a seat at their zone school. School Choice provides additional programs and school options through a randomized choice lottery application. Choice options include innovative learning experiences, unique academic curricula, theme-based programs, eLabs, project-based learning, and individualized learning communities. School choice options include Magnet schools, Open Enrollment schools, Future Ready Institutes, Early Postsecondary Opportunities, and Hamilton County Virtual School. 

School Choice Spanish vide

School Choice Lottery Applications are now CLOSED.

Families of ERMS, ERHS, Hixson HS, and Dalewood who could be affected by the potential rezoning proposals may still access the School Choice Lottery application by logging onto your PowerSchool Parent Portal. If you have questions or need assistance, please reach out to the School Choice Office at 423-498-6762.



School Choice options


School Choice Admissions


10/31                 Public sharing of available seats  

11/14                  School Choice application opens   

01/31/23          School Choice application ends

2/10/23           District runs Choice lottery

2/17/23           District shares lottery results with families

2/24/23          Deadline for families to respond to initial lottery offer

3/1/23  Round 2  School Choice applications open for new applicants only


Seats will continue to be offered where seats are available until the 1st day of school.

First Day Ready Timeline

The first day ready timeline is a great tool with all the important dates for our families to keep an eye on. Here, you will find key dates, deadlines, and events. Download a copy now!

Questions about School Choice? Email [email protected]