Magnet School Applications Open Nov. 1

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – Beginning November 1st, parents or guardians may apply for their children to attend a magnet school in Hamilton County.

The deadline to apply is January 31, 2018.

Online applications will be available under the Parents & Student section on HCDE homepage. Paper applications will also be available at any magnet school in Hamilton County, as well as the Central Office on Hickory Valley Road.

Beginning Nov. 1, applications will be accepted 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 ONLY)
  • Tyner Academy (accepting applications for incoming 9th ONLY)
  • Tyner Middle Academy (6-8)

If there are more applicants than available spaces, a random drawing or lottery will be held to ensure a fair and impartial process.

This is scheduled for February 28, 2018. It will be held at 10 a.m. in the Board Room of the Central Office.

Parents will have the option to attend or view the process online. The online address will be available to access on the Hamilton County Department of Education website the week of February 19.

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


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

Applicants for STEM School Chattanooga are required to submit two documents in order to establish the area high school they are zoned to attend. These two documents may include: current utility bill, contract or lease on house/apartment, agency or government documents proving residency. Both forms of documentation should be submitted to the Magnet School Services Officer before February 9, 2018.

Additional information can be found on the HDCE website to apply to Battle Academy or Brown Academy for parents that may work downtown. Parents living in the Hill City area with children entering kindergarten in 2018/2019 can find information on the HDCE website for those interested in Normal Park.

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