Hamilton County School District, Tennessee

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Hamilton County School District
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Hamilton County School District seal.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Rick Smith
Graduation rate:84.5%[1]
Number of schools:79
Budget: $376.5 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Mike Evatt
Board members:9
Term length:4
Hamilton County School District is a school district in Tennessee that served 43,691 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[1] This district is the fourth-largest school district in Tennessee with an operating budget of $376.5 million for the 2012-2013 school year.[2]

About the district

Hamilton County School District is located in Hamilton County, Tennessee
Hamilton County School District is located in Hamilton County, Tennessee. According to the United States Census Bureau, Hamilton County is home to 348,673 residents.[3]


Hamilton County outperformed in comparison to the rest of Tennessee in terms of education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 27.8 percent of Hamilton County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 23.5 percent for Tennessee as a whole. The median household income for Hamilton County was $46,544 compared to $44,140 for the state of Tennessee. The percentage of people below poverty level for Hamilton County was 16.2 percent while it was 17.3 percent for the state of Tennessee.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Hamilton County (%) Tennessee (%)
White 75.7 79.3
Black or African American 20.1 17.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 0.4
Asian 1.9 1.4
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or more race 1.6 1.6
Hispanic or Latino 4.8 4.8

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[4][5]


Rick Smith is the superintendent of Hamilton County School District. He has served in this position since July 2011. Smith earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee. Smith has worked in education for 38 years serving the Hamilton County School District as a teacher, coach, principal, middle school director, superintendent of operations and deputy superintendent.[6]

School board

The Hamilton County School Board is composed of nine members serving four-year terms.[7]

Hamilton County School Board
Member District Term Ends
Mike Evatt 9 2014
George Ricks 4 2016
Rhonda Thurman 1 2016
Jonathan Welch 2 2016
Greg Wilson 3 2014
Jeffrey T. Wilson 5 2014
Joe Galloway 8 2014
Donna Horn 7 2016
David Testerman 8 2014

School board elections

See also: Hamilton County School District elections (2014)

Members of the Hamilton County School Board are elected to four-year terms. The general election for five seats was held on August 7, 2014.[8] Four seats were up for election in 2012, and no seats will be up for election in 2015.


The table below displays the budget for Hamilton County School District:[2]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2012-2013 $246,633,577 65.5% $48,852,888 13% $78,001,704 20.7% $97,500 0% $2,911,519 0.8% $376,497,188
Averages: $246,633,577 66% $48,852,888 13% $78,001,704 21% $97,500 0% $2,911,519 1% $376,497,188

Teacher salaries

Hamilton County School District employed 3,088 K-12 teachers during the 2012-2013 school year.[1] Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses with raises at credit intervals. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table details the salary schedule negotiated between the district and the Hamilton County Education Association for 2013-2014:[9]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Bachelor's 36,044 53,046
Master's 39,105 58,147
MA + 45 40,125 59,167
Ed.S. 41,145 60,187
Ed.D/Ph.D. 44,205 63,247

Schools in Hamilton County School District


Hamilton County School District served 43,691 students during the 2012-2013 school year. Hamilton County School District does not publicly archive enrollment data.[1]

District schools

Hamilton County School District operates 79 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[10]

Hamilton County School District
School Name
Allen Elementary
Alpine Crest Elementary
Apison Elementary
Barger Academy
Battle Academy
Bess T. Shepherd
Big Ridge Elementary
Brainerd High
Brown International Academy
Brown Middle
Calvin Donaldson Elementary
Central High
Chattanooga High School, Center for Creative Arts
Clifton Hills Elementary
CSAS (6-12)
CSAS (K-5)
Daisy Elementary
Dalewood Middle
Dawn School
DuPont Elementary
East Brainerd Elementary
East Hamilton Middle High School
East Lake Academy
East Ridge Elementary
East Ridge High
East Ridge Middle
East Side Elementary
Falling Water Elementary
Ganns Middle Valley Elementary
Hamilton County High
Harrison Elementary
Hillcrest Elementary
Hixson Elementary
Hixson High
Hunter Middle
Lakeside Academy of Math, Science, and Technology
Loftis Middle
Lookout Mountain Elementary
Lookout Valley Elementary
Lookout Valley Middle/High
McConnell Elementary
Middle College High
Nolan Elementary
North Hamilton County
Normal Park
Ooltewah Elementary
Ooltewah High
Ooltewah Middle
Orchard Knob Elementary
Orchard Knob Middle
Red Bank Elementary
Red Bank High
Red Bank Middle
Rivermont Elementary
Sale Creek Middle/High (6-12)
Sequoyah High
Signal Mountain Middle/High (6-12)
Snow Hill Elementary
Soddy Daisy High
Soddy Daisy Middle
Soddy Elementary
Spring Creek Elementary
STEM School Chattanooga
The Howard School
Thrasher Elementary
Tyner Academy
Tyner Middle Academy
Wallace A. Smith Elementary
Washington Alternative Learning Center
Westview Elementary
Wolftever Creek Elementary
Woodmore Elementary

Academic performance

The Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program, or TCAP, is a set of statewide assessments given in Tennessee to measure students' skills and progress. Students in grades 3-8 take the Achievement Test, and high school students take End of Course exams for various subjects. Student results are categorized as below basic, basic, proficient or advanced. Students that are proficient or advanced are commmonly considered to be at or above grade level.[11]

Hamilton County School District TCAP Results 2013
Subject  % Below Basic  % Basic  % Proficient  % Advanced
3-8 Math 13.8 32.0 30.5 23.7
3-8 Reading Language 13.6 39.5 36.2 10.7
3-8 Science 15.7 24.6 12.8 16.9
3-8 Social Studies X 18.2 41.7 40.1
Algebra I 21.3 29.4 31.9 17.4
Algebra II 26.6 36.7 27.8 8.9
Biology I 16.3 22.9 45.1 15.7
English I 10.1 27.5 53.7 8.7
English II 12.2 32.4 47.5 7.9
English III 23.5 39.9 26.1 10.5
US History X X 51.4 44.7

Contact information

Hamilton County School District seal.jpg
Hamilton County School District
3074 Hickory Valley Road
Chattanooga, TN 37421
Phone: (423) 209-8400

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