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Hardin Valley Academy

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Posted 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


Posted 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!


Posted 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.


Posted October 6, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted November 11, 2010

It's great school with a caring administration and teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2010

Challenging. Concerned teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2010

Excellent academics! Extremely enthusiastic teachers and wonderful adminstration support.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2010

great teachers; great facilities; offers wide variety of honors and AP courses
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2010

Great principal - caring teachers - challenging curriculum
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 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


Posted November 5, 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


Posted November 4, 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


Posted November 4, 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


Posted November 4, 2010

Great teachers - beautiful facility
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2010

great faculty and opportunities for students
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 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


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 65% in 2013.

369 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
58%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 42% in 2013.

452 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
62%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 62% in 2013.

397 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
81%
English I

The state average for English I was 68% in 2013.

458 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
85%
English II

The state average for English II was 59% in 2013.

478 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
81%
English III

The state average for English III was 40% in 2013.

308 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
70%
U.S. History

2013

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Gateway/End-of-Course (EOC) exams to test high school students in language arts, math, science, and social studies upon completion of relevant courses. Students must pass the algebra I, English II, and biology I tests, called the Gateway exams, in order to graduate. The Gateway/EOC exams are standards-based tests that measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students68%
African American53%
Asian83%
Hispanic36%
White73%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities43%
English language learnersn/a

Algebra II

All Students66%
African American47%
Asian76%
Hispanic52%
White69%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities42%
English language learnersn/a

Biology I

All Students86%
African American82%
Asian91%
Hispanic67%
White87%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities45%
English language learnersn/a

English I

All Students85%
African American73%
Asian81%
Hispanic64%
White88%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities42%
English language learnersn/a

English II

All Students84%
African American69%
Asiann/a
Hispanic62%
White86%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities39%
English language learnersn/a

English III

All Students62%
African American53%
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
White64%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities21%
English language learnersn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Gateway/End-of-Course (EOC) exams to test high school students in language arts, math, science, and social studies upon completion of relevant courses. Students must pass the algebra I, English II, and biology I tests, called the Gateway exams, in order to graduate. The Gateway/EOC exams are standards-based tests that measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 83% 67%
Black 9% 23%
Hispanic 4% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 2%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 25%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Arts & music

Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Performing arts
  • Drama
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11345 Hardin Valley Rd
Knoxville, TN 37932
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Phone: (865) 690-9690

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