Hamilton County Public School Earns Notice of US News & World Report


A Hamilton County Public School with a 44% minority population, 51% of the total enrollment are female, has earned recognition by a national ranking published annually. 

This HCPS school body features 69% of its students who are proficient or greater in math, and 66% proficient or greater in reading excelling in both the Hamilton County School District and throughout the entire state.

In the most recent USNews & World Report Best Rankings, the Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts was noted for student achievement in both the elementary and middle school grades in a nationwide assessment of almost 80,0000 schools across America.

The Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts (CSLA) was ranked as the #7 best Middle School in Tennessee and the #25 best Elementary School in the Volunteer State. The US News Report noted that the campus features the #1 Middle School in Hamilton County and the #4 Elementary School within the public school system.

The methodology for this assessment assigns a weighting of 50% for the percentage of students achieving proficiency or above in the state assessments for reading, language arts, and math.  The other half of the weighting applies socioeconomic and demographic metrics reflecting diversity to maintain consistency and comparability across all grade levels.

The K-11 school, which will add the 12th grade in the coming year, recently moved from its campus at the intersection of Vance Road and East Brainerd Road in the original Elbert Long Elementary School to Jersey Pike in the Harrison Community.

The CSLA touts on its school website the philosophy of providing “the best education for the best is truly the best education for all,” along with a code of conduct for students, teachers, and parents: “I will respect myself and others. I will be responsible for my actions. I will treat people the way I want to be treated.” The US News & World Report rankings compared 528 middle schools and 923 elementary schools across Tennessee applying the proficiencies and socioeconomic/demographic weightings to yield the rankings in the public school report.