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The Bright School At A Glance

Founded in 1913, The Bright School is Tennessee's oldest, independent elementary school, enrolling 306 boys and girls in junior pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. Bright School is dedicated to the academic, artistic, and physical development of each student and emphasizes citizenship, the joy of learning, and self-confidence within a happy, welcoming environment. An advanced curriculum encourages children to think critically and reason logically and provides opportunities for creative growth in music, visual art, physical education, Spanish, computers, and manual art (wood shop). After school activities include dance, intramurals and handbells. The school's philosophy is carried out by a talented and dedicated faculty that has been consistently successful in aiding children in becoming top rate students who most often enter some of the finest college preparatory schools in the country.


History and Campus

Established: 1913 
Campus: 22 acres in North Chattanooga 
Last building addition: Early Childhood Center, 2001 
Volumes in Library: 16,171



Junior Pre-K - 5th Grade: 301 students
Average Class Size K-5: 14
Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:7


Tuition and Financial Aid

Junior Pre-K: $5,200-$7,500
Pre-K: $10,285
Kindergarten - 5th Grade: $14,862 .
Students receiving financial aid: 14%
Grant totals: $297,000


Faculty and Staff

Full time: 53 Part-time: 12 Total: 53 
Classroom Faculty & Staff Holding Advanced Degrees: 56%



Operating Budget: 
$4.5 million
Endowment market value: $5 million
Value of physical plant:
$8.3 million



100% participation by parents, faculty/staff and board
Bright Fund & Auction: $202,100
Centennial Capital Campaign: $5 million



Middle School Acceptance Rate (Baylor, GPS, McCallie): 96%



National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) 
Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS)
Mid-South Independent School Business Officers (MISBO)
Tennessee Association of Independent Schools (TAIS)
Educational Records Bureau (ERB)