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Be Happy.  Be BRIGHT.  Be You! 

The Bright School is a private, independent elementary school in Chattanooga, Tennessee, founded in 1913 by educator Mary G. Bright. 

Bright begins with Junior Pre-Kindergarten (age 3) and goes through 5th grade.

About Us

Our Building a Bright Future Capital Campaign has raised more than $4 million over the last three years. First through third grade classrooms and the gym have been completed, and the final phase of renovations will take place in summer 2022.
Our eco-literacy curriculum connects children with nature. Early childhood classes spend dedicated time each week learning through gardening, playing in the mud kitchens, taking trail walks in the woods, and exploring all of the green space that our campus offers. 
Bright has implemented #WinAtSocial from The Social Institute to empower students to navigate social-emotional health, social media and technology positively through lessons that meet students on their level. Our goal is to reinforce strong character traits like empathy, integrity and teamwork and to help children be their best selves.  
16 students max in each classrooom
Need-based financial aid available
Students represent 20+ countries
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Contact Director of Admissions Brooke Moore at or complete the inquiry form below.    

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To begin the admissions process for the 2022-23 school year, contact us for more information. We look forward to guiding you through the process and sharing Bright with you!

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Our campus has many outdoor spaces for learning and play.

The Bright School

1950 McDade Lane, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 37405

Bridges in Mathematics, our math curriculum, focuses on developing a student's deep understanding of mathematical concepts, proficiency with key skills and ability to solve complex problems. Lessons are experiential, using manipulatives and giving children the ability to use different strategies and work collaboratively. Lucy Calkins, our literacy curriculum, begins with building strong phonemic awareness and developing comprehension strategies and deeper level thinking skills. Reading and writing workshops are designed to provide a predictable environment so our teachers can work with individual or small groups of children based on their needs.
Renovations Underway
Engaging Curriculum
Social-emotional Learning
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