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Knox County Schools is an above average, public school district located in Knoxville, TN. It has 60,372 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 38% of students are at least proficient in math and 40% in reading.
912 South Gay St
Knoxville, TN 37902
(865) 594-1620

Knox County Schools Rankings

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Percent Proficient - Reading
Percent Proficient - Math
Average Graduation Rate
Average SAT
256 responses
Average ACT
2,437 responses


Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Free or Reduced Lunch
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Teachers in First/Second Year


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Expenses Per Student
$9,245/ student
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Knox County Schools Reviews

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Knox County Schools is thriving academically and socially. There are multiple clubs and organizations for one to express themselves. There are even clubs devoted to students who embrace specific views. The teachers genuinely care and encourage students to take on academic challenges. As for my experience, I have developed strong relationships with several of my teachers. This makes it easier to ask questions and to be involved in the classroom. At my school, in particular, we have a very diverse student body, unlike the administrative environment. I wish more people of color would be included among the educators and administrators/staff. I would love to walk the halls and see more educators/staff who resemble me and other cultures. I feel as if my school encourages diversity, but not diversity among the educators and administration. Just as the students are challenged academically; this could be a challenge for the administration to reevaluate.
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Knox County Schools as a whole represents a very diverse group of people from many different racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Through my time with Knox County Schools, I always had my fair share of complaints to make, but not only did I realize that they were never as bad as I would hear about from other school systems, but I also found that any serious issues were handled quickly and efficiently by the administration. In going through Knox County Schools, I feel that I've been given opportunities that may not have been provided everywhere else, but I also feel that I really had to put effort in to make things happen. I didn't feel like things were handed to me just because I was in a privileged school system, but I didn't feel like it was impossible to accomplish anything either. Overall, I would say that my experience has been positive, and I think most people can expect to say the same.
Knox County Schools undoubtedly have some of the best public educational facilities in East Tennessee. There are so many educators who teach their students with passion. It goes beyond pulling words out of a textbook or from informational websites. Many teachers truly make an effort to form strong connections with their students. However, the Knox County Schools system has its flaws. Financial distribution among schools seems to be very uneven despite efforts to level the playing field. For example, football is a very prevalent athletic sport in Tennesee and especially in high schools. However, this makes other sports teams feel neglected and feel as if they have to fend for themselves when it comes to money. Other types of athletes usually do not have the same/best facilities or equipment compared to football teams.