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

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 Leadership Academy, of the school's approval by the Hamilton County school board last April. "I think everything is going along the timeline we had planned."

In 2016, Ted and Kelly Alling announced plans to open the all-boys charter school, which aims to provide low-income youth with the support needed to counteract the crippling effect poverty can have on education. The charter application, which must be approved by the local board of education, was submitted last February and approved in an 8-0 vote in late April.

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