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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Excellent academics! Extremely enthusiastic teachers and wonderful adminstration support.
great teachers; great facilities; offers wide variety of honors and AP courses
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.
Hardin Valley Academy offers its students a challenging curriculum, great teachers and administrators. HVA also has a lot of school spirit
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.
The Acedemy format creates a great learing environment that will make the students better prepared for college or any other path they choose!
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
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