PreK - 12

There are three school system in McMinn County allowing parents a choice in education:  McMinn County Schools (preK-12), Athens City Schools (preK-8), and Etowah City Schools (preK-8).  The following provides additional information on each of these award winning school system.

McMinn County Schools Excellence in Action

McMinn County Schools is a Pre-K through 12th school system operating 7 PreK-8 schools and 2 high schools.  The Career and Technical Center is doing skills training in a multi-faceted area including manufacturing skills.  A Career Pathway in Advanced Manufacturing and Information Technology is being developed within the school system.  Career and Technical dual credit opportunities are available with local Cleveland State Community College and the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Athens.  McMinn County schools offers a system-wide STEM coordinator for grades 6-12. Graduation rate in McMinn County schools is 95.7% and the average ACT composite is 18.5.

The McMinn County Schools system is the only school system in the Southeast Tennessee region (link to regional map) to receive the distinguished AP District Honor Roll out of 477 schools districts across the U.S. and Canada.

Excellence Is Athens City Schools

Athens City Schools is an award winning Pre-K through 8th school system operating two (2) Pre-K through 2nd grade schools, two (2) 3rd grade through 5th grade schools, and one (1) 6th grade through 8th grade schools.

Through a grant from the Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF), Athens City Schools has implemented TAP: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement system-wide; and is the first school system in Tennessee to implement the program in all of its schools.

TAP provides teachers with:

  • Powerful opportunities for professional growth;
  • The ability to collaborate with peers during the school day;
  • Fair and rigorous classroom evaluations to identify and improve teaching skills;
  • School-based professional development led by expert master and mentor teachers to analyze student needs and identify strategies for student learning;
  • The opportunity to take on a new role as master or mentor teacher in order to earn higher salaries and advance professionally, just as in other careers, without leaving the classroom; and
  • The opportunity to earn an annual performance-based bonus, just as in other careers.

Athens City School Teacher Advancement Program (TAP) Master Teacher and 6th Grade Math Instructor, Kevin Winters, was recently awarded the prestigious Milken Educator Award.  This national award given by the Milken Family Foundation has been dubbed the “Oscars of Teaching.”

Etowah City Schools

Etowah City Schools is a single school system offering Pre-K through 8th in the one (1) school within the system.