I am a community member with a long history in community music. With regard to the reviews which touch on music programs, I have to point out that competitions do NOT provide a measure of a music program. The measures of a truly great program are 1) how much the activities encourage and foster lifelong musical interest, knowledge and community contributions; 2) how much music activities contribute to character and community values rather than bleeding a community of its talent and finances; and 3) how well the music programs support and enhance academic and athletic programs. When people read the words posted here, ask yourself - was it truly someone in the community that wrote this? Or is it someone hoping to elevate outside unaccountable interests? Nothing helps kids more than solid, consistent character.
Carter High has the most competent and caring teachers you can find. There just aren't many advanced classes. Also, arts are an issue. You can't have a winning band with 2 directors and 200 kids. Knox Co. should give more support. If they did, Carter High would be a shining star for Knox County!