Schools & More

Knox, Blount, and Anderson counties are known for their schools.

The Tennessee Department of Education maintains an excellent data set for the entire state. The site can be accessed by going to the departments site [click here for access].

Additionally, you can access the school reports for any districts, communities or individual schools by visiting the ‘report card’ on the state site [click here for access].

Beginning with the graduating class of 2015, any high school senior who graduates from a Tennessee eligible high school or completes a Tennessee home school program can apply for Tennessee Promise.

Tennessee Promise allows qualified students TUITION FREE access to Tennessee’s 27 colleges of applied technology, 13 community colleges or any in-state independent or four-year university offering an associate’s degree. The student have to maintain a 2.0 grade point average, attend mandatory meetings, work with a mentor and do modest amount of community service. After graduating from the two-year college, they can continue their education at a four-year school as a junior.

Other scholarship programs such as Tennessee Hope Scholarship Program, Ned McWherter Scholars Program, Tennessee STEP UP Scholarships, etc. are also available for students within the state.

The Knox County School System responds to the public educational needs of over 56,000 students in Knoxville and Knox county. The Knoxville area gives top priority to the education of its young citizens and focuses on their development into responsible adults.

The scope and depth of the educational programs offered by the Knox County School system individualized learning. Advanced academic programs for the gifted, as well as special programs suited to the academically disadvantaged and physically handicapped are offered. The system is devoted to the comprehensive high school concept, including advanced placement programs providing college placement credits and a full range of vocational and technical courses for the vocationally talented. Outstanding high school students, in math and science, may participate in the Governor’s School at the University of Tennessee. All high schools in the system are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Public adult education courses for those desiring study toward acquisition of a high school diploma are provided in day and evening classes, as well as summer programs. Opportunity for adult technical training also exits.

Tennessee School For The Deaf, state supported residential school, serves students with severe hearing loss. The school was organized in 1844 and has been at its historic Island Home location since 1924.

Bearden Adaptive Learning Center is available for EMR, SMR, and physically handicapped children (kindergarten through twelfth grade). Bus and van service with lifts and special equipment are also available.

Complementing the public school system are several excellent, accredited private and parochial schools in Knoxville. Some of these include:

Knoxville Montessori School Grades Pre-5 [ 865 ] 525-6042
Montessori International Grades 3 – 6 [ 865 ] 675-0545
Laurel High School Grade 9 – 12 [ 865 ] 525-3885
Thackston School Grades Kind – 6 [ 865 ] 522-6053
Tate’s School of Discovery Grades Pre – 5 [ 865 ] 690-4255
Webb School Grades 5 – 12 [ 865 ] 693-0011

Knoxville’s denominational schools are operated by Catholic, Christian, Presbyterian, Baptist, Lutheran and Seventh-Day Adventist religions. Some of these include:

Berean Christian School Grades Kind – 8 [ 865 ] 521-6054
St. Joseph School Grades 1 – 8 [ 865 ] 689-3424
Knoxville Catholic High Grades 9 – 12 [ 865 ] 560-0313
Episcopal School of Knoxville Grades Kind – 8 [ 865 ] 777-9032
First Lutheran School Grade Kind – 8 [ 865 ] 524-0308
Knoxville Christian School Grades Pre – 10 [ 865 ] 966-7060
Knoxville Baptist Christian Grades Kind – 12 [ 865 ] 524-3211
Temple Baptist Academy Grades Pre – 12 [ 865 ] 938-8180
Christian Academy of Knoxville Grades Pre- K – 12 [ 865 ] 690-4721

Additional information available on some of these schools upon request.


The University of Tennessee was the first co-educational institution of higher learning in the state and continues as the hub of higher education today. Chartered in 1794 as Blount College, a land grant institution, the college officially became the University of Tennessee in 1879.

The main campus at Knoxville heads a state-wide university system offering 415 degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate levels. The Knoxville campus recently targeted its enrollment limitations at 27,000 students. The main campus, off Cumberland Avenue, is a 550 acre complex composed of some 220 buildings.

The Knoxville campus offers degree work in agriculture, business administration, communications, education, engineering, home economics, law and liberal arts. Recent campus additions include a new $16 million school of veterinary medicine, an $8 million Walters Life Science building, the $2 million school of nursing, and $8 million art and architecture building. The school of health, physical education and recreation, plus the division of continuing education, are also located on the Knoxville campus. Popular specialized programs include the center for extended learning, non-credit and off-campus programs, workshops and university evening school.

The University of Tennessee is a recognized leader in energy research and development. The University is a partner with the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in promoting joint energy research for the industrial and economic development of the area. The University of Tennessee is also developing a cancer research center.

The University has long been the center for the performing arts in Knoxville, as well as the focal point of its nationally recognized athletic programs.

Campus Information [ 865 ] 974-1000
Undergraduate Admissions [ 865 ] 974-2184
Graduate Admissions [ 865 ] 974-5033
MBA Program

Pellissippi State is a Tennessee Board of Regents college accredited by the Commission of the southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The college main campus is located on 144 acres in the scenic foothills of West Knoxville. It offers a wide variety of career / technical and college transfer associate degree programs and a comprehensive liberal arts program.

Admissions Office [ 865 ] 694-6570

Colleges – Knox County A number of private and state-funded institutions offer programs ranging from four-year degree to shorter vocational programs.

Knoxville College – one of the south’s oldest and most respected predominately black institutions of higher learning. Founded in 1875, Knoxville college is a four-year undergraduate college.

Johnson University – Education in a christian environment. Founded in 1893, by Ashley S. Johnson, it is the second oldest continuing Bible College in the United States.

Tennessee Technical Center at Knoxville – established in 1966 to promote job training and placement. The campus consists of two buildings on the east side of Liberty Street and one building on the west side. All classrooms and lab facilities are equipped with state-of-the-art technology that is up-dated regularly to meet the rapidly changing needs of business and industry.

South College – offers the Associate of Business degree in many business related fields. Originally known as Knoxville Business College, the college has been part of Knoxville’s business community since 1882.

Colleges – Other Within a 100-mile radius of Knoxville are some of the state’s oldest institutions – rich in heritage and tradition:

East Tennessee State University Johnson City
Tusculum College Greenville
Maryville College Maryville
Carson-Newman College Jefferson City
King College Bristol
Lincoln Memorial University Harrogate
Tennessee Wesleyan College Athens
Tennessee Technological University Cookeville

Within the same area are four junior colleges offering a wide range of two-year programs:

Roane State Community College Rockwood
Walter State Community College Morristown
Cleveland State Community College Cleveland
Hiwassee College Madisonville