Be Curious. Be Prepared. Be Bright!
For more than 100 years, The Bright School has provided an educational foundation for generations of children in the Chattanooga area. We believe in an approach to learning that allows children to be involved and nurtured, to experiment, to be active and to ask questions. Our curriculum fosters a sense of responsibility, curiosity and persistence that is necessary to succeed in all areas of life. Small classes from preschool age to fifth grade allow teachers to focus on every child throughout the day, and our rich traditions help provide a connection that lasts a lifetime. Bright supplements its academic experience with art, music, shop (woodworking) and daily P.E. Each grade performs a play, and students sing and play instruments on stage for special events throughout the year.
"Bright School is specifically designed to prepare students to move seamlessly from grade to grade and then on to middle school. Former parents and students frequently tell our fifth grade team that their children transitioned well to their school of choice and are successful in middle school." -- Fifth Grade Teacher Beth Warren
Bright is not affiliated with a religion or church. Our community includes families of many faiths, ethnicities and cultures, and we celebrate the diversity of our students with events and activities. The Guerry International Plaza, which overlooks the school, includes flags representing our families from more than 20 countries.
We encourage parents and families to be involved in the education of their child. Teachers have an open dialogue with parents, and our classrooms and Parents' Association provide many volunteer opportunities.
What do our parents say about a Bright education?
What do our alumni say about their Bright experience?
“I absolutely loved it. I felt nurtured. I stay in touch with some of those friends." -- Gina Crumbliss '75, President and CEO of the Chattanooga Area Food Bank
“When I got to middle school here, I was well prepared for the journey and opportunities ahead of me." -- A.J. Johnson '10, Baylor graduate
"When I got to Bright, I was looking forward to the play the entire year. I would not be as confident in front of people now if early on I had not had those experiences.” -- Tia Kemp '10, GPS graduate
“What prepared me most for middle school and high school was the thoroughness of the work we were expected to do." -- Allen Liu '11, McCallie senior