Continuing in the Chattanooga school series. North Chattanooga is one of the most popular places to live in Chattanooga. Much of it is walking distance to parks, restaurants and downtown. Older cottages, new construction and restored turn of the century show homes are all nestled in the hills of North Chattanooga. North Chattanooga is home to one of the top, award winning magnet schools in the country. Disclaimer: These posts in no way an endorsement. I do not pretend in any way to be a school expert. Instead, it is merely information that may help in the real estate search process of the relocation process.
Normal Park Museum Magnet School, or Normal Park for short, consistently ranks in the top magnet schools in the country every year. ( Magnet School of Excellence Award, Magnet Schools of America 2005-2012). The Principal, Jill Levine was awarded Magnet Schools of America’s National Principal of the Year in 2012.
A school split between two campuses, the Lower School pre-k- 3rd grade, and the Upper School, 4th-8th grade, this is a very unique school. Each week, students take “learning expeditions” to one of the partner museums or local historical areas for short seminars and exploratory sessions to investigate further into what they are studying those nine weeks in school. Whether it is studying the Civil War and visiting a battle field to walk part of the area of a battle, or to the Chattanooga Zoo to study up close the camouflage patterns that animals use, each trip furthers the tie between facts and the real world application of them.
Parent involvement is required with each family required to volunteer 18 hours and attend two parent teacher conferences each year. While 18 hours is the required amount, most families go above and beyond. You will find parents on field trips, painting backdrops, copying notes and delivering the “Happy Cart” of snacks to teachers each Friday. Studies in parent involvement have found that students see that parents put value on education and in turn, value it themselves.
The student body is a mix of children who apply via lottery to attend and those who are zoned and live in the surrounding neighborhood. Applications for the lottery are available in November via www.hcde.org/magnet and closes January 31st.
For more information regarding zoning or for a tour of the school, contact Lower School: Amy Bevis at (423) 209-5900 or email@example.com Upper School: Karin Hawkins at (423) 209-5914 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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