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9-12
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Knoxville, TN
Students enrolled: 1,926

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11345 Hardin Valley Rd
Knoxville, TN 37932

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(865) 690-9690
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December 11, 2014
PART 1 As a student that attends Hardin Valley let me give you some advice. Firstly, all over the walls and floors of HVA there are stains from several unknown substances. In the gym I have seen what appears to be snot smeared on the walls, in the bathroom something brown around the toilets, and many other things including a variety of drink stains. There are dust bunnies everywhere covering every corner, dead bugs scattered about, and one time I found blood all over one of the water fountains. Classrooms seem to be kept reasonably nice, but bathroom and other areas of the school are not. Secondly, bullying is a huge problem at HVA. As a student I hear numerous ocassions of people being bullied, and it's not just any bullying. On a daily basis people get followed to their class, told to kill themselves, pushed, shoved, provoked, ridiculed, and shamed for their body type, skin color, and much more. Yet the teachers do nothing. Everyone who has talked to me about their cases of bullying has also gone to the office. They have had proof of bullying like text messages, they have broke down crying, and even been scared to go class.

- submitted by a student
August 22, 2014
Just six years ago, Hardin Valley Academy is Knox County's largest high school with just over 2,000 students, with its students divided into four academies- Business/Law/Public Affairs, Liberal Arts, Health Sciences, and STEM. HVA enables staff and students to collaborate on educational projects in all academic areas. The school offers multiple AP and Honors track courses plus dual enrollment opportunities at the nearby community college. Its 2014 grads were awarded $22 million in scholarships last year. The school boasts nationally recognized a first rate band, orchestra, arts, and theatre program plus TSA, FIRST Robotics team 3824, an award-winning yearbook, DECA, HOSA, and diverse extra-curricular programs. The sports department features several state champions and numerous opportunities for student participation. Challenging academics, caring staff, and amazing students foster a terrific atmosphere. Administrators know your kids and support them in so many ways.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2014
our Academy is wonderful community of students- all shapes, sizes, & smarts- and teachers- also all shapes, sizes, smarts and empathetic- , along with an administration ( both at HVA and in the county school system) who see the bigger picture in their planning of courses, advanced opportunities and academy endorsements. And the athletics and arts opportunities are awesome too!

- submitted by a community member
February 25, 2014
Dear the parent that made a comment in August, You have to realize that in August, the staff are overwhelmed with many schedule conflicts due to the school year starting, it happens in every school. The staff do not mock the students, they may joke around with the kids because it relieves tension and creates a more friendly bond that makes kids comfortable with being around them and confronting them with issues, like your child did. Also, HVA has a wonderful academic program and even if your child's class doesn't go to their preferred field of study, there is room for extra classes in the schedule that don't have to be part of the focus, that's what block scheduling is for. Furthermore, every school has overcrowding. It comes with the growing human population and even if you had stayed in the Farragut district, you would have the same issues there. Even though HVA isn't the most perfect school, it's still in a lot better conditon than others, and the staff is trying to figure out the best way to run things but the school is still considered new if compared to surrounding schools, so it still has some flaws.

- submitted by a community member
October 06, 2013
HVA is absolutely the most progressive high school in the county. Moving into the zone to send our kids there is the best move ever. The administration has defined goals and an outstanding staff; the teacher, teaching methods, Academy approach are all focused toward the student excelling in a particular area before graduating. The advanced level of certain classes, AP level courses, and outstanding extra curricular clubs and events are all top notch. The athletics programs and facilities are first rate, as are my kids coaches. All 5 stars for our family.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2013
We moved from the Farrugut school district with the hopes this school would be just as great. But it has been nothing but problems. First of all, the school is over crowded. They have to make multiple bus trips for the same route. The staff is less than stellar. They literally mocked my child because she was upset they screwed up her schedule and she has to take throw away classes that do NOT count towards her desired course of study because of crowding issues. The guidance office does not contact the parents to help work out these issues. I would talk about the attitude of the children who attend this school, but I do not want to offend other parents. Lets just say this school sucks and I regret EVER buying a home in its district.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2013
We moved to Knoxville from out of state, and have two daughters at Hardin Valley Academy. They have felt comfortable there from the first day. The kids have been nice to them, and even invited them to eat lunch the first day so they were not uncomfortable. It is a large school, but my girls do not feel like they are a number. They are taking many challenging and interesting classes like Orchestra, French, AP, etc. We are very pleased with our decision to purchase a home in this school's district so that my kids can attend the Hardin Valley schools.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 13, 2010
Hardin Valley is communicating with parents, encouraging students to acheive, and working the academy program to it's fullest. Parents, this is a chance of a lifetime for your students and if each student took this seriously, there would be some great accomplishments come from this program. Keep up the good work teachers and staff and support people. Thanks for your dedication

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 12, 2010
I love this school to the their efforts in trying to give every student the opportunity to achieve a goal. A way to sucessed in graduate and get a scholarship for future education to college. The try to allow each student to leave their school with the idea they can and will go on the better themselves. The staff from principle all the way down to drivers education teachers have made my children feel they are important in their views as long as they try.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 11, 2010
It's great school with a caring administration and teachers.

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2010
Challenging. Concerned teachers.

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2010
Excellent academics! Extremely enthusiastic teachers and wonderful adminstration support.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 10, 2010
great teachers; great facilities; offers wide variety of honors and AP courses

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 08, 2010
Great principal - caring teachers - challenging curriculum

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2010
Hardin Valley is trying to improve the way school is done.....the fun and pride has gone out of school. Hardin Valley is trying to bring it back and also meet the high standards that are set by the state.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating November 05, 2010
Hardin Valley Academy offers its students a challenging curriculum, great teachers and administrators. HVA also has a lot of school spirit

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2010
The organization of the academies helps focus the kids on career paths that are interesting to each of them. It further assists each child find the appropriate academic path either honors for an appropriate challange.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2010
The Acedemy format creates a great learing environment that will make the students better prepared for college or any other path they choose!

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2010
Great teachers - beautiful facility

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2010
great faculty and opportunities for students

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2010
I love Hardin Valley Academy because it a wonderful school with a mulitude of opportunities for students to learn in a non traditional classroom setting. Students are encouraged by their teachers to achieve and to think outside of the box. The Academy opens many avenues of study for their students that they would not have in a tradition public school

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2010
Great principal, great teachers, a daily effort to make life-long learners and well-rounded students!

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2010
High academic standards and great school spirit. Great marching band.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2010
It's creative approach to education and the devoted staff and faculty.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2010
I am very impressed with Hardin Valley Academy so far. This is the first child I have had to go to HVA. Our experience there, so far, has been great. I feel like he has quality teachers who care about the student and helping them to acheive more than what what they thought they were capable of.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 31, 2010
The school strives to push the students to higher academics and the teaching staff is great! They are truly there for the kids.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2010
My son was part of the very first graduating class at HVA. His 2 years there were awesome. The teachers were great, the Principal was so wonderfully involved with the school and the students and overall I couldn't have asked for a better high school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2010
Top-notch facilities, teachers and administrators. Great experiences for our kids!

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2010
We transferred into this school and drive a great distance each day to give our daughter the opportunity to be in an environment that is student centered, thinks outside the box, and is always striving to improve. Mrs. Reynolds is an extremely dynamic and dedicated leader.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 28, 2010
Hardin Valley Academy is an exciting place to attend because of its new concepts on learning and moving forward into the future.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2010
Principal and staff very involved in helping the students achieve their highest potential. They are also very visible at extracurricular activities. Students know the Administration and teachers care about them as individuals.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2010
It is a great school and my child loves it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 28, 2010
The school challenges my child academically.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 28, 2010
Good staff, enthusiastic spirited students

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2010
Latest in educational programs and available resources providing amazing opportunities for students!

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2010
The parents support the teachers in their efforts to seek excellence in education and teh students are really sweet!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 28, 2010
my children love this school. we move around alot and this is there favorite school by far!!

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2010
I love Hardin Valley because of the eclectic students, the great faculty and most of all the awesome administration

- submitted by a teacher
October 28, 2010
They have great teachers and I feel my son is getting the best education available with them!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 27, 2010
I love Hardin Valley Academy because the student are the priority. As it should be. The well being of the whole student mental, social, physical, academic are recognized and engaged here at Hardin Valley Academy. The staff and administration are truly caring and compassionate about helping the students transition from young adolescents into early adulthood. This is an emotional time for the students therefore the staff and administration gear their teaching with this in mind. The staff, administratin, and students have come together to form an excellent safe, caring learning environment. There is no place I would rather work.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 27, 2010
Love the principals, teachers, and direction they are driving the school toward trying new ways to teach and reach each student.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2010
The teachers and administration are hands on. They know the studnts, the teachers, the successess and growth areas.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2010
The principal is a leader who is determined to build a solid foundation for long term success in educating students.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2010
Hardin Valley Academy is a great school. We are so glad that it was built in time for our daughter to attend all of her high school there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 26, 2010
It is an exciting learning enviroment that challenges students to reach their potential in many areas including academics, sports, cultural arts, and service to the community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 26, 2010
I hear great comments regarding the staff. Many parents have expressed how caring and compassionate the teachers are.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 26, 2010
It has wonderful teachers, high internal standards, and a cohesive culture that is conducive to academic success.

- submitted by a community member
October 26, 2010
I love the fact that it has such a strong music program. In a time when music and art classes are seen as "extras", it is wonderful to see a school and principal value and support these programs.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 26, 2010
It is an amazing enviroment where the students have come together from everywhere to join together as one group, always supporting each other thru every venture....win or lose. It is contagious!

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2010
Hardin Valley Academy is a learning community that truly cares for students and wants to offer them a legitimate learning experience that will prepare them for the postsecondary world.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 26, 2010
Hardin Valley High School is a great school!

- submitted by a community member
October 25, 2010
Best new school ever. Great students, parents, and staff. We have lots of new programs to inspire and motivate everyone. Glad I am here.

- submitted by a teacher
October 25, 2010
We love HVA's great staff and academic options!

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2010
It's a great school with innovative teachers. There is good interaction between parents and staff.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2010
HVES is a beautiful school with caring and dedicated teachers.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 25, 2010
It is a school that has high expectations of its students. Students rise to the top to meet those expectations - no questions asked.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 25, 2010
The principal, faculty and staff are dedicated to making Hardin Valley one of the best in Knox County and the state.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 24, 2010
We are new and up in time with tech. Got the best teachers and gret school spirit.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 24, 2010
HVA is a wonderful school! It is definitely a collaborative learning community.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 24, 2010
The teachers are great and very responsive child's need.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2010
HVA is such an amazing school. With great faculty and staff it is hard not to love the school. The teachers at Hardin Valley care about education, but their support does not stop there. The things this school does to help in the community is like no other high school Knox County has seen.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 24, 2010
Sallee Reynolds is the BEST!

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2010
Why do you love Hardin Valley High School? Because we are a family!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 24, 2010
Hardin Valley Academy is incredible! Both of my children are attending this school and they have just flourished. They have grown into themselves and developed their own amazing personalities. The teachers there are so kind and helpful--they are always interested in what is good for my children and are out for my childrens' best.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 23, 2010
It is a beautiful new school in a great location/

- submitted by a community member
October 23, 2010
The "parent interface" is usually well organized. Disciplinary issues are handled well. The counseling office is much more helpful than the school we transferred from.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2010
awsome great football team awsome teachers great staff

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2010
***** Five star - academics, clubs, club sports, sports - all are top notch. From the principal to the teachers - everyone is doing a wonderful job.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2010
Love the involved administration, enthusiastic teachers and diversity of learning opportunities that Hardin Valley offers!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2010
HVA is a great school, run by great administration and conscientious teachers and staff. Communications are frequent and varied--online, on paper, through website and email, telephone. My children are enthusiastic about learning in that environment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2010
I like having the different academies, because not every child's interest is the same. They also have counselors that are willing to help out with your child especially with college apps.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2010
Administration and faculty are the best and care about education.

- submitted by a community member
October 21, 2010
My student has been able to be involved in the arts in a way she never has been. Her academic classes are challenging. She has the option to choose AP, Honors, etc.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2010
Awesome school that cares about the students!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2010
Everything about it is great about it. A great education, wonderful teachers and just an all around good school. This school gives my child a great foundation for the rest of her life.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2010
Great school, great kids, lots of parental support and the community is really getting behind HVA! Coming from a rezoned area, we initially didn't want to have to go to HVA..... now it's the best thing that could have happened!!!! There isn't anything that I do NOT like about the school. The marching band is awesome and has won all it's competitions this year!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2010
Great staff and students, where all are working

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 20, 2010
It is new and has tougher standards

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2010
HVA has a lot of potential or something.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2010
HVA has the best teachers and staff in the Knoxville area. They have one of the best marching bands in the area too.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2010
The staff are always friendly, and as a parent, I can tell they genuinely care for the students. I feel so fortunate that my son goes to this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2010
I love Hardin valley highschool because the staff seems to care about our students. They are very helpful. They have great lunches.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2010
HVA is fabulous! Love the teachers and the staff. The facilities are wonderful. I'm so glad my daughter goes to this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2010
This is my son's first year at Hardin Valley and so far he love's it. It's a wonderful school and his teacher's are very good. Keep up the good work.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2010
Our eldest son was in HVA's first graduating class. His two years at HVA were incredible. He loved his teachers, coaches and friends. We are so thankful our second son is now able to experience HVA.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2010
This school has a good variety of classes and the transition from a private junior high to a very large public school has been smooth.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2010
I work at HVA. I believe we challenge our students to achieve more than they thought possible.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 20, 2010
I love the block system and the academies.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2010
It appears to make every effort to fit the student with the curriculum and not the other way around.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2010
hardin valley academy is a great school that breeds independent, intelligent and well-rounded students that dream big and work to reach those dreams. It' s an awesome place to be!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2010
For the high standards of student care and academic ingenuity

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 19, 2010
The staff, teachers and facility are awesome. Also, there is just a great attitude surrounding the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2010
Our daughter has an excellent counselor and has had some wonderful teachers!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2010
great teachers, great academic learning environment

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2010
The teachers are great and care about the students' education.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2010
Hardin Valley Academy is a school that encourages greatness for both its staff and students. As a student, I have been pushed very hard, but I've had creative, competent teachers to help me along the way.

- submitted by a student
no rating December 09, 2009
We're an Academy, but I started at HVA after going to another school for my first 2 years of high school, and am super proud to say that I'll graduate as a HVA hawk!

- submitted by a student
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Hardin Valley Academy
11345 Hardin Valley Rd, Knoxville, TN  37932
(865) 690-9690
Last modified Hardin Valley Academy is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Hardin Valley Academy Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 97 reviews. Top