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Chattanooga, TN
Students enrolled: 819
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1219 West Mississippi Av
Chattanooga, TN 37405

(423) 209-5900
(423) 209-5900
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October 25, 2014
We were pleased with the lower school and felt strongly that it is one of the better schools in Chattanooga. However, the upper school has been quite different. It feels that the the teachers rely on the parents to teach the fundamentals. They have young teachers who may not have the experience needed for this more advanced content. Not only that but since they do not have official textbooks it is difficult to refer back to a topic. Thus far we are disappointed and will consider a change.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2014
I couldn't rate this school any less than 5 stars! I may have just not come across a better school, but in my opinion this is the best school in Tennessee. Especially the lower school! The parent involvement is phenomenal! The teachers are so professional, caring, and genuinely the best teachers. I couldn't pick a better school if I tried!

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2014
The school is overcrowded. They have a lot of perks like field trips every week and it is a magnet school. I don't know that the teachers are any better than the other public schools. The buildings are both old and in much need of repair. They do a lot of fundraising. They have auctions and a festival every year. We left the school and went to a school with smaller classrooms and found these teachers to be just as good or better.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
Unfortunately our child had a terrible experience at NP. A child was bullying our child and despite reporting this, nothing was done. We chose to withdraw our child from NP and HCDE.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
This school presents great opportunities in many fields for the lucky students who attend. It has myriad educational, cultural and athletic offerings.

- submitted by a community member
May 05, 2013
My children have been in both Normal Park schools for five years now. They are THRIVING. My children are both straight A students, with one being in the advanced studies group (and being VERY challenged). From my experience and as an active parent at the school, I have noticed that the parents who are unhappy are the ones who have children that are disruptive in class. I have seen a few of them come to Normal Park from other schools hoping that they will have better luck here. Not every parent and personality is going to get along with every teacher/principal at any school. It's not possible. Any negative comments you read about Normal Park are coming from someone who has behavior problems they are dealing with from their child. Just like any other school, there is always the less desired teacher. It's unavoidable. At Normal Park, my children have never woken up asking to miss school; they jump out of bed excited to go to school. The work they do that is magnet related really blows us away. They are super proud to show us their work on the school's exhibit nights. Normal Park is a great community! Don't hesitate to send your kids to this wonderful school.

- submitted by a teacher
August 29, 2011
Our daughter is in kindergarten at NPMM. We have been SO impressed with the school and faculty so far. They are truly amazing and really care about the kids. The principal knows me and even attended my daughter's IEP meeting. Now THAT is a dedicated principal!! We really love it that parents are required to do volunteer work and we actually enjoy it. We are so blessed for our daughter to be attending sucha wonderful school!

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2011
I LOVE NORMAL PARK.......I LUV THE STAFF,THEY R SO GREAT WITH OUR KIDS.......I LOVE THAT THEY HAVE ORDER IN THAT SCHOOL,AND I DONT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT MY CHILD SAFETY.....EDUCATION WISE,THEY R GREAT,THEY HAVE A WAY OF TEACHING KIDS,AND THEY WANT THE BEST 4 EACH CHILD IN THAT SCHOOL......THEY PUSH PARENTS TO HAVE COMMUNICATION WITH THEIR KIDS,AND FACULTY......ITS A FAMILY ENVIROMENT......I LUV IT,AND MY SON DOES TOO....

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2010
NPMM isn't 100% DAP for ECE, but it is the closest thing you'll find. Kids are allowed to be active learners. Weekly visits to museums, the aquarium, the zoo. Kids participate fully. Curriculum addresses the whole child, not a narrow focus - there is a spanish teacher, an art teacher, a music teacher, a science teacher, a PE teacher at the lower school. With so many schools bombarded with budget cuts, it is rare to find There is also continuity - e.g., children start doing "writers workshop" in kindergarten and continue across the grades. There is a thematic strand - students work together on projects based on a "unit" theme. Every nine weeks an "exhibit night" invites parents, relatives, neighbors in to see the projects the children have made. Teachers communicate well, parents are involved, admin is wonderful. Children are clearly always the first priority. THANKS NMPMM.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2010
I have been in other schools and have worked with other teachers and administrators. There is not another school that I know of that has harder working faulty and admin than Normal Park. We put in 80 hour weeks because we care about the students and have pride in ourselves as educators. We are constantly looking to improve and never do the exact same thing twice. We adapt; we innovate; and our students reap the benefits through engaging and innovative lessons. This is the hardest job that I've ever had, but the reward is worth all of the sleepless nights. I am blessed to have two children that attend the Lower School, and they come home daily with excited faces, ready to share the wonderful things that they learned. The curriculum is set by the State; there is no other school that does more with what they are given.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating April 13, 2010
Normal Park Museum Magnet School is focused on the well being and education of the child. They go to great lengths to make sure learning is fun and effective; they know how your child is functioning in school and do whatever it takes to help each child expand their potential and ability to learn.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2010
We have been very blessed with the excellent work of the teachers and parents of the school. I must said that some of our neighborhood families were promised a position in their neighborhood school, but were turned away and issue was voted down . What happen to 'no child left behind'.

- submitted by a community member
March 16, 2010
I am a 6th grade student at Normal Park, and love it!! All of the teachers Make learning fun! Every body at the school welcomes you, teachers and students. I deeply feel that if I were to go to a very expensive private school, I would either get the same or worse education.

- submitted by a student
March 05, 2010
I do like the curriculum of the school and their learning expeditions. However, little to no communication from my son's teacher. Others in the school are much better at communicating which is backwards in my mind. Also, if your child doesn't fit into a certain 'box', expect for them to come up with something wrong with your child, i.e. ADHD, autism, etc. Sorry but schools have no business 'creating' and labeling children with medical diseases and disorders. That's what doctors are for.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2009
There is great parent involvement in this school, which goes to waste. The curriculum is very lacking compared nationally, but about the same as the other local public schools here in chattanooga. They don't have many advanced classes or programs for kids that are at a higher level. Look carefully at their curriculum closely before choosing this school and see if it fits your child. Also, homes in the normal Park area usually tend to be much older and can be run down. Hope this helps.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
I have a kindergartner who attends this school and loves it. I am also very pleased with the school. The entire building is stimulating with its decor, the staff is friendly as well as professional and they have great after school programs to join. I'm not sure how the parent involvement goes to waste....And the curriculum is not the same for all. I just had a teacher conference and was pleased to see all of the extra work that was being put forth to challenge my child. My husband initially thought the school was nothing too special until he went to other public schools in the area. I am very happy that my children can walk to school every morning in our quaint neighborhood.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 26, 2009
Normal Park utilizes its museum partners in order to strengthen the lessons being taught in the classrooms. The teachers and administrative staff are fantastic and give each child the attention they need in order to learn and thrive in this wonderful environment.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2009
I love this school. My daughter has just started her second year here and loves it. The only eception is the snooty parents. Not all of them are this way but if you dont make as much money as then alot tend to ignore you or act superior. But they are prett easy to ignore. Wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 23, 2009
The Normal Park Schools are the exception, not the rule for public schools in Hamilton County. These are truely amazing schools, parents, and people. The took leamons and made leamonade.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 24, 2009
I am a 8th grade student at NPMM Upper school and it is by far the best school I have ever went to! I love the atmosphere and how it doesn't matter what grade you are in you can still be friends! I also went to Chattanooga MIddle it was an okay school but this is so much better...so if your thinking about putting your kid in this school I advise you to do so! He or she will learn more here than any other school. The teachers are wonderful even if you are not in their grade they know your name which is a lot better than being called 'Hey you' like I was all the time last year by teachers I had every day.

- submitted by a student
November 03, 2008
My son has been a student @ NPMM since the 3rd grade and it is by far the best school in this entire city, and now he attends the upper school, and I count it a priviledge to have my son at this school, there aren't enough good things I can say about the teachers and the principle of NPMM I just love it!!! And so does Malik

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2008
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- submitted by a student
May 22, 2008
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- submitted by a student
March 11, 2008
My daughter started in 2005 after visiting 3 schools (right after NPMM won best magnet school in the country) and it exeeded whatever our expectations were. Tremendous support from community.

- submitted by a parent
December 29, 2007
I feel blessed that my children attend school at Normal Park Museum Magnet. My six year old begins many of his conversations with me with the words, 'I wonder... ?' NPMM has already taught him to think critically and to wonder about things that are new to him. My daughter picked up a book on the ocean just yesterday because she knows that her class will be learning about the ocean when she returns. Check out the school website at www.normalparkmuseummagnet.com It's worth the time!

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2007
Great schools show excellence in leadership, staff, curriculum, and community. Normal Park sets the standard in Chattanooga for all of these.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2007
I do not feel fortunate to have my child at this school. I am sure that there are some people out there who got excited about this school winning an award. Did you know that this school does not even meet TN State averages in education? TN is also ranked in the bottom 1/3 of all the states in terms of education. How would a school like that get an award? I am a parent who has attempted to be very active in my child's education. So far, the teachers can't even return my phone calls or emails. As a parent, I do what I can to make up for the less than average education my child is receiving at this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2007
What a wonderful school for my children. I feel blessed to live in the neighborhood and not have to enter the lottery. :-) The Principal, and the parental involvement are what makes this school the best school in the Chattanooga area. The requirement for the parental involvement is paving the way for our children's future. The aftercare program is top notch and they even help your kids with their studies! When was the last time your kids told you they didn't want to leave school and go home? With a little help from the board, we will hopefully have a K-12 program. This will ensure that the success we have cultivated will continue throughout our children's school years. Come see what we have to offer your kids. Remember, we are not just parents , but mentors and role models for all the little ones we come in touch with.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2007
We feel so fortunate to have Normal Park Museum Magnet in our community and the opportunity to send all three of our children to a school that believes in the arts, that focuses on every child's strengths and that creates an environment that is both educational and inspiring. The hands-on environment is a wonderful tool for teaching and the staff is amongst the best in the country. The teachers believe in what they are doing and invest so much of their time, energy and talents in the children. it isn't just their 'job' it is their passion! We are confident that our children are receiving the best education possible and that Normal Park is helping to foster students who love to learn. We love this school!

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2005
This school is a great example of what a community can do together. The students of this school are given so many opportunities to be active, creative, and artistic. The local museums, aquarium, and landmarks provide free addmission to parent and child. This is an opportunity most parents simply could never afford. The student body is diverse and well connected to the community and events as a group. Parent involvment is higher than any school and continues to grow. Any family involved with this school is a lucky family.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2005
We love the school, it has really encouraged our son to be creative. The free passports to local museums is a great way to learn with your child. In the next ten years I believe it will at the same level as the Arts and Science shools in our area.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2005
Our son just completed his kindergarten year at NPMM and we couldn't have asked for a better learning experience than what is provided at NPMM. By incorporating visits to the area museums with the classroom activities, the children not only hear about weather, culture, transportation, history, art, the environment, science, etc.; they also get to experience it hands-on. The first words out of my husband's mouth after his first tour of the school were that if his school has been this cool, he would have loved going! Three-dimensional murals, waterfalls, sculptures, and even a T-Rex on the front lawn pale in comparison to the enthusiasm of the principal, teachers, support staff and PTA. Parental involvement is the norm, not the exception that further enriches each child's educational experience. My son told me he loves it when I go on field trips and come to his school...you know what? So do I.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2005
My daughter is in her 3rd year at NPMM, and I couldn't be more pleased. We considered lots of schools before choosing NPMM, including public schools nearer to our home, and both church-based and secular private schools with awesome reputations, before choosing NPMM. We chose NPMM because of its standards-based learning curriculum, community partnerships and hands-on learning, as well as the vision and energy of the principal and teachers. It's been everything I thought it would be! My daughter is performing above grade level, is excited about school, and comes home and teaches me things more than I care to admit! The school is diverse, which I want for my daughter, and we haven't seen any of the issues outlined by some other parents in these comments. The teachers are committed and engaged, parental involvement is high, and the school just keeps getting better! I'd choose NPMM again in a heartbeat!

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2005
When I enrolled my son, I was encouraged by having met several teachers at a neighborhood park. Without knowing that I was a potential NPMM parent, they raved about the program and administration. It IS a lot of work to provide the quality, individual instruction, but the teachers (and my own observation) tell me that it's worth it. Most 'turnover' here has been due to pregnancy, but if two teachers left by choice, that's what choice is for. Hooray for magnet schools that provide choices (without which, we would have had to move or enroll in private school.) Perhaps that negative reviewer below is just looking at numbers, which don't communicate everything, or looking at turnover and test score numbers averageing the years before the school became a Museum Magnet. If you want to know this school, come visit and see how diversity CAN work and how museums enhance learning! Come be impressed!

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2005
I had firsthand knowledge of this school 10-12 years ago and based on that I was seriously considering sending my children someplace else. The year before my daughter started kindergarten the school converted to a magnet school. I decided to look it over and then decided to give it a chance. I'm extremely glad I did. I don't think I could have found a better place. The test scores have come way up. My daughter's now in 1st grade and reading on a 3rd grade level. She is also doing extremely well in math. The teachers are great and seem happy to be working with our children, rather than just showing up for a job. My daughter loves art class and academies on Fridays. The PTA is great and does everything it can to make the school the best it can be. This is a GREAT school!

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2005
Our son is in first grade at Normal Park Museum Magnet and has been a student there for two years. We feel so fortunate to have the opportunity that the school provides academically and socially. The committed staff and school families work together under the leadership of a forward thinking principal to create an atmosphere that allows for hands-on, minds-on learning that includes all types of learners. The high expectations coupled with outside the box thinking creates a learning environment that is a model for public education. We are very thankful for the opportunity that is available to our son.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2005
I would definitely recommend this school to parents looking for a school that inspires children while placing a strong emphasis on reading, writing, math and science. I have two children at the school, a boy (K) and a daughter (2nd grade). My daughter is reading at a fourth grade level and both my children have been introduced to reading as a fun activity. My children have also enjoyed the music, Spanish and science curriculum...especially the wonderful science lab. I suggest taking a tour and seeing the quality of student exhibits and projects and the enthusiasm of the teachers. Local artists have been involved in creating an inspiring setting. Parent involvement is very strong with many dynamic events and opportunities. They have a parent coordinator to encourage parent involvement. The after care program has been wonderful for my family since we are professionals that work full time...it includes art and music programs.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2005
This is my daughters second year at Normal Park. We have been so happy with the principle, teachers and the overall school. They other the children choices and let them make alot of decisions that affects the whole school. They have a very active PTA and they work towards goals that directly accects the kids. Super School! This is a A+ school and I would recommend it to everyone.

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2004
We have just completed our first year at Normal Park, having moved to Chattanooga in the middle of the 2003-04 school year. We love this school. My sons are two grade levels ahead in reading, yet their classmates who need extra help aren't left behind. The 'module' topics allow them to learn in-depth and hands-on about topics that come to life through history, science, art and music -- for example, Medieval times, Native Americans or Ancient Egypt. Parents are always welcome to volunteer, so we get to see first-hand how the teachers elicit the best from their students. It's a gem. Worth the move!

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2004
This school is beyond amazing! The diversity of the school is one of the best in the county. People drive from all over Hamilton County for their children to be part of the innovative curriculum. The staff is excellent. My child is challenged by museum learning expeditions, a rich gifted program, daily reading that is at his level and much more. Test Scores have gone up every year since the school converted to a magnet school. Last spring 100% of 5th graders were proficient on the state writing test. I can't think of anywhere I would rather for my child to go to school.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2004
My child could not be happier with this school. He just started 2nd grade. I have seen more 'street culture' from 'wanna be gangstas' in rural schools! My son tested at a fourth grade reading level before he finished first grade here. I have been nothing but impressed with this school from top to bottom. The curriculum is made so interesting, fresh and exciting that my son can't wait to get there every day. I have never seen students treated any other way than with fairness, dignity, and respect. We have never for a moment regreted choosing this school for our child.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2004
One should check the teacher turnover ratio to begin to analyze how unhappy the situation is there. Then branch out to look at the schools test scores. You would find that at least half the teachers leave there yearly, stressed out enough to pursue other teaching positions and even careers. Street kids mix with alternative type students that creates somewhat of a social disorder. As for the principal, she does do an admirable job in a school that should really concentrate on the basics instead of all that magnet fluff.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2004
The previous reviewer must have been talking about a different school! The atmosphere at Normal Park is wonderful. It is calm, yet exciting. I have never heard at teacher yetll. The staff is caring, creative, and fabulous!Students are taking part in hands on learning, they are learning at museums and they are building incredible exhibits. My child is taught to read a a daily reading group of four other students. He is reading above level because of the instruction of the teachers. I can't say enough good things about this school. It is one of a kind.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
The principal's enthusiasm is the best thing about this school. Unfortunately, no school is a one person show. We felt we were sold a false bill of goods regarding this school. It was all talk and no delivery in the classroom regarding the magnet program. The street culture ruled the atmosphere of the school and bullying was rampant. I personally broke up several fights on the days I volunteered. There wasn't a day when I walked down the hall that I didn't hear a teacher literally screaming at children. It certainly wasn't the type of environment we had hoped for our child.

- submitted by a parent
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Normal Park Museum Magnet School
1219 West Mississippi Av, Chattanooga, TN  37405
(423) 209-5900
Last modified Normal Park Museum Magnet School is a Public school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Normal Park Museum Magnet School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 46 reviews. Top