Building the Men of Tomorrow!

Who We Are

Chattanooga Preparatory School is an all-boys public charter school set to open its doors to sixty 6th grade students in August 2018. Located in the Highland Park area close to downtown Chattanooga, Chattanooga Prep is positioned to provide a unique and impactful educational opportunity for the young men in our urban communities.

Chattanooga Prep will offer:

  • Small Class Sizes to provide individualized instruction
  • Rigorous academic programs to support student achievement
  • Project-based learning integrating STEAM (science, technology, engineering, and math)
  • Literacy across the curriculum to inspire a love of reading and improve proficiency
  • Extended school days and summer programs to provide extra academic enrichment
  • Social-emotional development strategies to promote leadership, self-discipline, and resilience
  • Community & family engagement to build multiple support networks
ChattPrep mission
ChattPrep purpose


Find your role in building the men of tomorrow and join the Chattanooga Prep family today.


Help change the lives of young men in the heart of Chattanooga

Chattanooga Prep will be a school for the young men and future of Chattanooga. We’re opening our doors to potential students in 2018 to walk with them towards a better future for themselves, their families and the city of Chattanooga

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Help change the lives of young men in the heart of Chattanooga

Want to be part of the team that is rethinking traditional education and empowering the lives of young men in Chattanooga? If our vision, mission, and core values resonate with you, apply today and join our team!



  • Chatt Prep Recruits First Class of Boys, Mentors...

    It's been almost a year since Chattanooga Preparatory School was approved to open its doors to 60 sixth-grade boys in the fall of 2018, and things are moving along.More than 60 boys have been selected to join the new public charter school when it opens its doors, administrators and staff have been hired, even uniforms have been ordered."It happened pretty quickly, and then we moved forward," said Elaine Swafford, CEO of Chattanooga Prep and its sister school, Chattanooga Girls Lead...  Read More >

  • Golf Tournament 2018

    Susan and John Dever are excited to host CGLA and Chatt Prep's 6th Annual Golf Classic, Thursday, June 7, 2018 at the Creeks Bend Golf Course. Gather your team and your sponsorship and let the games begin! From trophies, putting contests, good food and extreme competition, the day is a fun way to support a great cause.   Read More >

  • Registration begins for the first class of 6th graders at Chattanooga Preparatory School

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Registration for Chattanooga Preparatory School, the brand new all male charter school, started yesterday, November 15, and runs until December 15.Two of the old Tennessee Temple buildings will house the new school and are currently under construction. The first classes will be in the fall of 2018.In August, the school will open its doors to their first class of sixty 6th graders.Read More   Read More >

  • Chatt Prep, a new all-boys school, waits for school board approval

    More than two months ago, leaders of Chattanooga Preparatory School submitted an application to Hamilton County Schools to start an all-boys public charter school in 2018.The school plans to build off of the nationally recognized success of Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy and provide boys with the support needed to counteract the crippling effect poverty can have on education.Hamilton County Schools officials had said the board would vote on the charter Wednesday night, but district officia...  Read More >

  • Chattanooga Prep Approved to Open its Doors in 2018

    Chattanooga Preparatory School will welcome 60 sixth-grade boys into its classrooms in the fall of 2018, after the Hamilton County Board of Education voted to approve the charter school Thursday night.Ted and Kelly Alling announced plans last year to open the all-boys charter school...Read More   Read More >

  • In a 5-4 vote, Bryan Johnson selected as next Hamilton County Schools Superintendent

    The Hamilton County Board of Education voted 5-4 tonight to name Tennessee educator Bryan Johnson the district's permanent superintendent.It took one round of voting for Johnson to receive the five votes he needed to secure the post, which former Superintendent Rick Smith vacated 15 months ago.Kirk Kelly, interim superintendent of Hamilton County Schools, received votes Thursday night from board members Joe Galloway, David Testerman, Karitsa Mosley Jones and Kathy Lennon. But school board me...  Read More >

  • Fourth graders who read for fun on their own scored 17 points higher on the NAEP

    In 2015, average reading scores were higher compared to 2013 for fourth-grade students eligible for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and for fourth-graders identified as students with disabilities. Scores for all racial/ethnic groups and for male and female students did not differ significantly in comparison to 2013.   Read More >

  • You’re invited to the Chatt Prep Open House on November 1st at 5 pm

    Come learn about our new school and meet the principal! Event will be located at Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy (1802 Bailey Avenue)   Read More >

  • Can teacher housing entice educators to work in expensive cities?

    Experiments in making life as a teacher more affordable show how rising real estate costs hurt urban districtsTeaching crises have challenged American education for decades. Increasing enrollment, substandard facilities, and a scramble to find a way to pay for solutions: Today’s familiar pressures were making headlines back in 1954. At the time, in another example of “same news, different day,” the San Francisco superintendent of schools declared that the city’s teacher s...  Read More >