Skip to Main Content
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Knox County Schools is an above average, public school district located in Knoxville, TN. It has 60,854 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 36% of students are at least proficient in math and 39% in reading.

Knox County Schools Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
39%
Percent Proficient - Math
36%
Average Graduation Rate
90%
Average SAT
1290
309 responses
Average ACT
26
2,873 responses

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
60,854
Free or Reduced Lunch
28%
Do You Work at Knox County Schools? Claim Your School District Today!
Claim your free account to keep your school district's data up-to-date and get insights on user activity for your profile.

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$53,856
Teachers in First/Second Year
14.6%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$8,820/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    60%
  • Support Services
    35%
  • Other
    5%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$37,703
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$815
National
$949
Median Home Value
$128,800
National
$184,700

Knox County Schools Reviews

110 reviews
All Categories
Being from Knoxville, TN, I had the pleasure to receive my education in the Knox county school department. Overall my experiences with teachers, principles, and staff were amazing! Each school I attended, K-12, had a rigorous academic plan that prepared me for college.
Start Your Review of Knox County Schools
Rate It!
My friends and I have, for the most part, enjoyed our experience in a Knox County School. Most teachers I've had are invested in their students and the classes they teach. At my school, accomplishments like high ACT scores, an impressive GPA, etc. are recognized and celebrated, and clubs are encouraged and easy to join. However, in my experience as a KCS student, I have found it disappointing that opportunities for high achievement like AP exams and NHS cost as much as they do. It makes sense that things like this require fees, but I feel like the county could definitely do more to make these opportunities more accessible. Sports, specifically football, are a big thing here in the south, which is great for a school's funding and spirit, but sometimes it seems like the arts departments might falter as a result of this. Overall, KCS has good schools where students can get out what they put in, but there is definitely room for improvement.
Knox County Schools gave me an excellent experience, especially in high school. Given that I'm interested in academics and the arts, West High School was the perfect choice. I am glad that Knox County allowed an IB school to operate within its jurisdiction. The academic challenge allowed me to expand my knowledge and perspective on the world. The choir program at West gave me many fun memories that I will cherish for all of my life. Technology provided by the county such as Chromebooks greatly improved my quality of life when it comes to school. On the other hand, sometimes the times Knox County called off school for weather seemed inconsistent. Also, they need to invest in remodeling parts of the schools. Overall, a great county.