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The Bright School

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $185,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $660.

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Posted August 11, 2014

We have been very happy overall with Bright School. Our daughter just graduated, and our son is entering 5th grade this year. Both started with Pre-K at Bright. When my son was struggling with reading comprehension, his teacher went out of the way to further assess and keep us informed. Then she volunteered her own time to give extra help after school. With parents and teacher working closely together, our son made dramatic improvements. You just don't get this level of care from anywhere else. We highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2013

This school is impressive at first glance but the safety of the children is the last priority. The bus is unsupervised among many other safety issues. I would strongly discourage giving this school a try.


Posted September 7, 2012

My son loves Bright. We have a 50 min drive every day.We are in our 5th year 3rd grade. I feel blessed to be apart of bright and am very pleased with the foundation they are aiding me in providing my son.With my work I see the inside workings of schools in and around the area.Bright is 2nd to none!!! I walk my boy to the front door every day to wish him well and to give reminders to be kind and to take advantage of his day. I can only wish I would have had such a great place to attend scool when I was a child. It is a bit high but I want the best for my child.BRIGHT isnt for every child and parent. But it is for us.Thank you BRIGHT SCHOOL.I hope the next 100 yrs are as productive as the next
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Posted March 9, 2011

I have had at least one child enrolled at Bright School each year for the past ten years. We absolutely love the school and are extremely confident in the educational foundation Bright provides. The extras can't be matched - physical education every day, art, shop, music - all are core elements. The environment is one of high expectations coupled with confidence building and nurture. If you are seeking academic preparedness for your child in a place that values childhood, then I highly reccommend Bright School.
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Posted March 9, 2011

Our children have been at Bright since PK. We have had a good experience overall with the school. We have found the diversity among the students to be good. We would recommend this school to prospective parents.
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Posted October 27, 2010

It is my child's first year so I am not prepared this early in the year to determine Bright's academic merits; however, I can complain all day on other issues. COMMUNICATION: The website is the only mode of communication they use. If you don't look for information, you just don't get it . . . unless, they are asking for more money. My child's teacher is very nice, but there is absolutely noooo feedback about my child's progress. I have spoken to a couple of other moms and they are having the same issue. PARENT INVOLVEMENT: A select group practically run the school. DIVERSITY: I find the lack of diversity among the faculty, admin. and the students annoying. But I TRUELY find the lack of diversity (aside from age) among the teachers disturbing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2010

I agree with the parent who wrote the Feb 27 posting. We had a similar experience. Also, some staff members tell the teachers, the parents, or the prospective parents whatever they think they want to hear so there are conflicting reports which causes lots of frustration for everyone. Also, the Parent-Teacher Association (AKA the Moms) are highly involved - watch your back.
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Posted March 22, 2010

We've been at Bright School for 3 years and love it! When our children have needed extra help or extra challenges they've gotten it. They love taking shop class, gym class everyday and all of the wonderful opportunities Bright offers. My children are in K and 1st. Their teachers hug them and encourage them. Of course, no school is perfect, but Bright is as close as it can be. As for the comments about lower acceptance to middle schools, I think you need to check your facts! We did great this year!
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Posted March 13, 2010

February 27 posting must be a direct reflection of a personal fall-out! Not all experiences will be alike but the generalization of the statement cannot be applied to the overall of the school's principles. I have had 3 sons in the school over 7 years minus a few bumps inherent with raising sons and interacting with humans, the school is by far a notch above in all regards.
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Posted February 27, 2010

Please do not send your child here. The Bright School focuses a lot of attention on the Bright Start program and Pre-K and K. After that it is downhill fast. If your child needs any extra help, compassion, and security, this is not the school for you. A few of the teachers are caring if you are lucky to get them. Most are disrespectful and very rude to the students (when the parents are not around..) Plenty of great schools in Chattanooga, this is not one.
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Posted November 15, 2009

I have a child that has been at Bright for five years and we absolutely love the school and the edu@cational foundation our child is building. The school teaches the children academics while also molding a good citizen for the community. I would highly reccommend the school and teachers.
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Posted September 24, 2008

As a parent who moved to Chattanooga one year ago, I can not say enough wonderful things about Bright School. My daughter began in the Bright Start program (for 3 and 4 year olds) last year. Mrs. Anne is one of the most gentle and loving teachers I have ever met. Along with the wonderful academic knowledge she came home with everyday, she also learned valuable life lessons such as 'personal responsibility.' My daughter is now in pre-K with another wonderful teacher and assistant. She loves going to school everyday, and I am amazed at her academic progress. One other item...the Headmaster, O.J. Morgan, is a class act. He is actively involved in all of the student's academic lives and he really cares about each family, regardless of income. We even see him on Saturday's at the soccer field, cheering on the students. We are very happy with Bright School!
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Posted March 8, 2008

As a parent, I am disappointed with my experience at Bright. I have found the school to be too focused on 'standing' and not enough on educating and loving my child. The facilities are nice, but overall, I wish we had chosen another school and I cannot recommend it to anyone. And, I have found that the acceptance rates at the secondary schools are not as high as some of the other elementary schools in town (or across town.)
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Posted April 11, 2007

We have a son in first grade and could not be more impressed with the leadership provided by OJ Morgan at Bright School. He is driven to create an environment where students become caring and compassionate citizens of the word. The school is in a time of change to become more student centered. Tradition is well balanced with preparing students for a changing world. This change is managed and well led. The classrooms are engaging and challenging. The extracurricular activities are of the highest quality and appeal to every aspect from music to scholarship to arts.
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Posted June 16, 2005

After moving to the Chattanooga area, we had no doubt that, if accepted, our child would attend The Bright School. We found it to be the best school in the area. Acceptance is NOT based on ability to pay the tuition. There are many students receiving financial aid and most grades have a waiting list full of students who would not need financial aid. Bright school students have a 99% acceptance rate to one or both of the upper schools of their choice. Our child has had an exceptional experience so far at The Bright School. In addition to a challenging curriculum the school offers many extras not offered elsewhere: daily physical education, music, spanish, computer classes, shop, art, field trips, and each grade does a play each year. There are extracurricular activities in place to excite and challenge all students about learning. For us, The Bright School is the Best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2005

Bright School is a wonderful teaching and learning environment. I am the parent of two Bright School students. We live in Georgia but definitely believe that the commute is worth it to the best elementary school around. Art, shop, computer, science, Spanish, and music are all integral parts of the curriculum - not extras. Physical education EVERY DAY for EVERY CHILD taught by TWO FULL-TIME instructors is wonderful. Afterschool sports with practices after school are so convenient - and fun. And the addition of ENRICHMENT CLUSTERS - activities taught by a professional in the child's area of interest like veterinations, filmmakers, stock brokers, sports agents, etc. - are unparalleled. How wonderful to realize that you really can do what you love at a young age! Although my children are very different, their respective educations thus far can best be described as EXCEPTIONAL.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2004

After years at Bright our family chose to leave the school. What was once an outstanding educational institution is now simply an 'elite' private school.If you can afford to get in, you are in. The admissions standards have become such that the school has been forced to water down the curriculum and teach only to the 'middle of the road' student. Anyone with a child that is bright and wants to work hard should look elsewhere. Bright has a very traditional educational perspective and it does not/will not work creatively to challenge students. The teachers are resting on laurels, what matters is 'tradition' and the school has simply faded in its glory. We want the very best education for our child, and unfortunately Bright is no longer the best that Chattanooga has to offer. Before selecting Bright look closely. Look beyond the simply beautiful campus and ask questions. Ask about the admissions rate to upper schools, ask about the true student/teacher ratio, ask if they can accomodate (truly) the gifted child, and most especially ask how many families have left in the past three years. Spend time in the classroom, read the handbook, and make certain that you truly get a feel for the instituion. So so many families enter in pre-k and have a great pre-k and k experience, but after that the departure rate soars. Be advised. Its a good school, but not a great one. At least not anymore.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2004

By far Bright School is the best school in this area. Before enrolling my child in Bright I visited most of the schools. After analyzing all the aspects I came to a definite decision that Bright will be alma matar of my kid. My son who is in first grade came from a public school and within three months I could see the personality change in him, thanks to Ms Levine and all other faculty members I am positive he will have a solid base. Enrolling my son in the Bright is the best investment I have ever made.
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Posted February 23, 2004

Bright School is indeed an excellent school. I would like to see smaller classroom sizes(Pupil/Teacher ration).
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Posted August 26, 2003

This school is by far the best school in this area. My daughter is in her second year there and she loves to go to school. She is always asking if tomorrow is a school day because she misses school. The teachers are excellent and the faculity is always there to assist you with any questions and concerns. I would recommend this school to anyone that is looking for an elementary school. The number of students in each classroom is very small and I feel like my daughter is getting an excellent education there. I would like to say that Miss Emily Hon is the best Pre Kindergarden teacher that I have ever been associated with. She is excellent with the kids and they all love her.
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Ethnicity This school State average
White 92% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 2%
Black 3% 23%
Hispanic 1% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1950 Hixson Pike
Chattanooga, TN 37405
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