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Signal Mtn High, Hunter Middle get most transfer students

By David Carroll

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)- Almost two hundred Hamilton County students have transferred to "higher performing" schools under No Child Left Behind.

Statistics released by Hamilton County Schools shows 282 students were approved for the transfers, and 189 took advantage of the program.

Hunter Middle School, with 78 students transferring from Orchard Knob Middle, received the most NCLB students.  Signal Mountain High, with 34 students making the move from Howard High is the second most popular destination.

Orchard Knob Middle also lost 21 students to Ooltewah Middle School, and the NCLB transfers account for most of the school's enrollment drop, one of the most dramatic in the county.  Orchard Knob has lost almost one-third of its student body during the past year.

Howard High also lost 13 students to Sale Creek High, making a total of 47 students who transferred to higher performing schools.

Several Hunter Middle parents have called Eyewitness News, claiming that transfer students have contributed to an increase in discipline referrals at Hunter.  However, school district communications director Danielle Clark said discipline referral numbers for the first month of the school year would not be available until October.

Here is the complete list of NCLB transfers:

Clifton Hills to Falling Water Elem.:  4

Donaldson to Lookout Mtn. Elem.:  7

Donaldson to Lookout Valley Elem.: 4

East Ridge Middle to Ooltewah Middle:  9

East Ridge Middle to: Signal Mtn. Middle: 11

Lookout Valley Middle to East Hamilton:  1

Lookout Valley Middle to Hixson Middle:  1

Orchard Knob Middle to Hunter Middle:  78

Orchard Knob Middle to Ooltewah Middle:  21

Howard to Sale Creek High:  13

Howard to Signal Mtn. High:  34

Red Bank High to Sale Creek:  3

Red Bank High to Hixson High:  3


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