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Magnet school application period opens November 1 in Hamilton County

Online applications will be on the Hamilton County Department of Education's web page under the Parents and Students section starting November 1. (Image: halfdozenmama.com MGN CC BY-SA 4.0)

Beginning November 1, 2016, parents or guardians may apply for their children to attend one of the Hamilton County’s magnet schools listed below. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2017.

Online applications will be on the Hamilton County Department of Education's web page under the Parents and Students section starting November 1 with paper applications available at any magnet school in Hamilton County as well as the Central Office located on Hickory Valley Road.

If there are more applicants that seats available at a magnet school, a random drawing or lottery will be done in order to establish an equitable way in which to offer placement. This drawing is scheduled for February 24 at 10 a.m. in the Board Room of the Central Office. Parents can attend or view the process via the internet. The streaming web address will be posted to the HCDE website the week of February 13th.

After the drawing, the results of the drawing (confirmation numbers only) will be posted to HCDE's website so that parents can see in what order their child’s number was drawn. Official letters to parents will be sent out notifying them of their admission status after the lottery.

Applicants to Center for Creative Arts are given a confirmation number; however, these numbers are not drawn nor are part of the lottery process. Admission to CCA is based strictly on the results of the required audition.

Applicants for the STEM School Chattanooga are required to submit to the Magnet School Services Office two proofs of their residency before February 3, 2017, in order to establish what area high school they are zoned.

Additional information can be found on our website concerning applying to Battle Academy or Brown Academy if a parent works downtown as well as information for parents living in the Hill City area that have children entering kindergarten 2017-2018 who are interested in attending Normal Park.

Beginning November 1, HCDE will accept applications for the 2017-2018 school for the following schools:

  • Barger Academy (K-5)
  • Battle Academy (K-5)
  • Brown Academy (K-5)
  • Calvin Donaldson Environmental Science Academy (K-5)
  • Center for Creative Arts (6-12)
  • East Lake Academy (6-8)
  • Lakeside Academy (K-5)
  • Normal Park Museum Magnet (K-8)
  • STEM School Chattanooga (accepting applications for incoming 9th graders only)
  • Tyner Academy (accepting applications for incoming 9th graders only)
  • Tyner Middle Academy (6-8)

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