McMinn County is your one-stop-shop for a quality education

McMinn County, Tennessee is blessed with quality, award winning school systems. Education begins in pre-Kindergarten in McMinn County with the option of extended learning through post-secondary undergraduate and graduate programs. We recognize in McMinn County that the cornerstone of a strong economy is educating our students for success.

Secondary Education


Public Schools: PreK - 12

There are three public school systems 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) all have STEM educaton programs.   The following provides additional information on each of these award winning school system.



McMinn County Schools


















  • Pre-k - 12th
  • Graduation Rate - 93.5%
  • ACT Average Score - 20.2
  • Student Population - 5,390
  • Reward Schools
  • Designated as an Advancing School District
  • CTE (Career Technical Education) Concentrators - 60.5%
  • Career Pathway in Advanced Manufacturing and Information Technology
  • CTE dual credit opportunities are available with local Cleveland State Community College and the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Athens.
  • Dual EnrollmentAg Business, Green House, Animal Science, Nutrition Medical, Nutrition Lifespan, Mechatronics, Electrical Mechanical, Welding, Auto Collision Repair, Construction, Nursing Education, Computer Applications, Cad/Drafting, AP Human Anatomy and Physiology, AP US Government and Politics, Calculus and Physics.
  • Even Playing Field Classrooms – Every classroom (375) has three-point accessibility – keyboard, touchscreen, and stylus – to accommodate each teacher’s instructional approach.  Seventy (70) inch touch panel mounted with an integrated sound system and tablet.
  • Distance Learning Classes – these classes are for teaching Algebra 1 from the High School to the Elementary Schools.
  • STEM Fair



Athens City Schools

  • Pre-k - 8th
  • Student Population - 1,573
  • Desginated as an Exemplary School District
  • Ranked first in TCAP (state standardized testing) 3-8 English Language Arts and Math among all the districts in the Southeast Core Region.
  • One to one technology in 5th – 8th grades
  • STEM
  • Camp Oo-Tah-Nee-Noh-Chee
  • Let’s Read Bus
  • Reward School

     Etowah City Schools

  • Pre-k - 8th
  • Student Population - 368
  • Designated as an Exemplary School District
  • STEAM Family Nights
  • Reward School


Private Schools: McMinn County

There are several private schools throughout the region that serve McMinn County.  To learn more about these schools, please follow the link provided for the schools in the list below.


Christ’s Legacy Academy (K-12)


Fairview Christian Academy (PreK-12)

Liberty Christian School (K-12)










Regional Private Schools

A.W. Spalding Elementary (PK-5)

McCallie School (all boys 6-12)

Bachman Academy (special ed. 6-12)

Notre Dame High School (9-12)

Baylor School (6-12)       

Ooltewah Adventist School (K-8)

Berean Academy (PK-12)

Our Lady of Perpetual Help School (PK-8)

Bowman Hill School  (K-9)

Silverdale Baptist Academy (PK-12)

Boyd-Buchanan School (PK-12)

St. Jude School (PK-8)

Bright School (K-6)       

St. Nichols School (PK-5)         

Calvary Christian School (PK-12)

St. Peters Episcopal School (K-6)

Chattanooga Christian School (K-12)       

Standifer Gap SDA School (PK-8)

Collegedale Academy (9-12)                       

The Montessori School (NS-8)

Girls Preparatory School (6-12)

Tennessee Christian Academy (K-12)

Grace Baptist Academy (PK-12)

Shenandoah Baptist Academy (K-12)

Hamilton Heights Christian Academy (9-12)

United Christian Academy (K-8)

Hickory Valley Christian School (PK-5)

























 Higher Education


Whether you are looking for a two-year degree, undergraduate four-year degree, or post-secondary graduate degree, McMinn County colleges offers it all.  There are also multiple choices for higher education in the region with our convenient location to Chattanooga and Knoxville. The following highlights both local and regional post-secondary education opportunities.

Tennessee Promise 
The Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect programs provides students a last-dollar scholarship that covers tuition and fees not covered by the Pell grant, the HOPE scholarship, or TSAA funds. Students may use the scholarship at any of the state’s 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology, or other eligible institution offering an associate’s degree program.  


Community and Technical Colleges





Cleveland State Community College operates a satellite campus in McMinn County in the City of Athens.  Their main campus is located in Cleveland, Tennessee and within 28 miles of their satellite campus.  Cleveland State Community College is an accredited public community college serving approximately 3,500 credit students and 1,500 non-credit students. Committed to quality education, Cleveland State operates within the governance of the Tennessee Board of Regents.  The average age of the student population is 28 years old.  More than 200 employees work at the college with 70 full-time faculty members of which 94 percent hold a master’s degree or higher.  A variety of academic degrees are available in Humanities and Social Science, Math and Science, Business and Technology, and Health, Wellness and Nursing.




The Tennessee College of Applied Technology Athens is McMinn County’s choice for skills education training.  Established in 1964, the Tennessee Technology Center at Athens serves McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Bradley and Polk counties. The Center is one of twenty-seven technology centers strategically located across the state. The TTC Athens is governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents, and is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education.  Through the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology's Workforce Development mission, Tennessee residents are able to obtain the technical skills and professional training necessary for advancement in today's competitive job market. Full-time certificate programs include:  Administrative Office Technology, Automotive Technology, Collision Repair Technology, Computer Electronics, Industrial Electricity, Industrial Maintenance, Machine Tool Technology, Pharmacy Technology, Practical Nursing, Special Industry Training, and Welding. 

Colleges and Universities

Located in McMinn County in the City of Athens, Tennessee Wesleyan University, is a liberal-arts university associated with the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church.  The student population is approximately 1,100 students with a 16:1 student-faculty ratio.  The college offers over 30 undergraduate majors and graduate master’s degrees in Curriculum Leadership and Business Administration.  They also offer articulation agreements with Tennessee Technology  University for enineering degrees.  Tennessee Wesleyan University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and master's degrees. 





The University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK) s Tennessee’s flagship university.  Located within 50 miles of McMinn County, the university has a student population of 21,033 undergraduate and 6,138 graduate students.  The average first-time freshman ACT is 27.  The student-to-faculty ratio is 15:1.  The University of Tennessee Knoxville has 11 colleges and offers over 300 degree programs and employees 9,791 faculty and staff.




The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) is located in the City of Chattanooga within 46 miles of McMinn County.  The university has a student population of 10,287 undergraduate and 1,377 graduate students.  The national mean ACT composite for first-time freshmen is 21.7.  UTC has a total of 1,053 full-time equivalent faculty and staff.  Over 100 undergraduate degree and 45 graduate degree programs are offered at UTC. 


Japanese Schools

McMinn County’s largest employer is Japanese-owned Denso Manufacturing, so it is important that Japanese-speaking families have educational opportunities for their children. At this time, McMinn County does not have a Japanese school locally, but as the Asian population continues to grow we anticipate the need for a local school will be required.

The East Tennessee Japanese School at Maryville College is located within 37 miles from McMinn County in Maryville, Tennessee, where Denso has another manufacturing facility. The school educates both Japanese and non-Japanese students age 10 and up in Saturday School format.

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