Hamilton County students can now apply to attend Future Ready Institutes, open enrollment schools and early college options for the 2019-2020 school year.

"Every student has different interests, hopes, and dreams and must have access to opportunities that best open doors to exciting pathways to possibilities for their future," Hamilton Co. Schools spokesperson Tim Hensley said. "Hamilton County Schools provides educational opportunities in local communities and beyond neighborhood zoned schools to ignite the passion for learning in each child."

Hamilton County Schools refers to this group of schools as "My Future School." This group includes magnet schools, open enrollment schools, Future Ready Institutes and early college options. Students across the county can apply to attend these schools.

Applications to attend magnet schools have already closed, but applications for open enrollment schools, Future Ready Institutes and early college options will be open until March 15.

There are seven open enrollment schools students can apply to. Those schools are:

  • Dalewood Middle School
  • Howard Middle School, which will be new for the fall
  • Lookout Valley Middle/High
  • Red Bank Middle
  • Rivermont Elementary
  • Soddy Daisy Middle
  • Woodmore Elementary

In the fall, Future Ready Institutes will begin their second year of operation. This year, there were 20 institutes in 13 high schools. Six additional institutes will open for the 2019-2020 school year.

New institutes include:

  • Institute of Entrepreneurship opening at Brainerd High
  • Institute of Leadership at East Ridge High School
  • Institute of Robotics and Welding at The Howard School
  • Institute of Architecture and Construction at The Howard School
  • Institute of Automotive Maintenance and Manufacturing at Lookout Valley Middle/High
  • Institute of Health Sciences at Tyner Academy

“The new Institute of Leadership at East Ridge High will partner with the JROTC program to focus on principles of leadership as well as opportunities for students interested in entering the armed forces or emergency medical services fields,” said Blake Freeman, director of Future Ready Institutes. “Additional partnerships are being added as the program grows and we welcome the participation of the business community.”

For a complete list of Future Ready Institutes, visit the school system's website.

Students can also apply to attend an early college option.

Those include:

For more information about early college options, contact Hamilton County Collegiate High School at Chattanooga State online or by phone at 423-697-4492.

You can learn more about all of these My Future School options at an information night at Unum on Tuesday, February 19 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm.

To apply to attend a Future Ready Institute or open enrollment school, visit the school system's website.