Director of Schools,
215 South College Street
Winchester, TN 37398
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State Industrial Training Service Available Franklin County Public School System and Franklin County affords outstanding educational opportunities at all levels. Public and private schools offer strong college preparatory, vocational, and technical programs. A variety of higher education opportunities are available within driving distance of Winchester. These include two of the leading academic institutions offering graduate programs, a community college, and two area vocational technical schools.
Franklin County Schools offer a variety of enrichment programs that take students beyond the normal curriculum. Our elementary schools have achieved “Exemplary Schools” status awarded by the Tennessee Department of Education and have received one of the “Ten Great Schools” awards. The “Basic Skills First” program focuses the efforts of elementary teachers on reading, language arts, and mathematics. Our Excel program gives gifted students opportunities for enrichment. Music, art, and physical education teachers promote creativity and good physical health. Special education gives help to our special needs students.
At the secondary level, enrichment is provided for college preparatory courses. An “honors” mathematics program begins at the ninth grade level and allows students to complete calculus in high school. English classes are grouped so students can be challenged at their own levels. Franklin County students compete successfully in the Chattanooga Regional Science Fair. Annually, over one million dollars in scholarships are awarded in public high schools. Academic enrichment in music, drama, and art broaden the cultural awareness of our students and community.
Many of our students begin a vocation immediately after graduation. Introduction to trades and equipment begins during middle school and helps develop leadership and teamwork skills that will contribute to their success. Through the vocational educational focus, training is available in trades and through industrial education, childcare, health occupations, consumer science, agriculture, office occupations, marketing, and industrial arts.
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has accredited Franklin County High School and the middle schools. The system’s professional staff consists of 450 teachers with over 50% holding a Master’s degree or above. Our teachers are dedicated, caring people who work hard for the children of Franklin County.
Accredited private schools that offer classes in kindergarten through grade twelve are also available. There is close coordination between the public and private schools.
There is a major intangible resource that makes a positive impact on the lives of the students in Franklin County. This resource is the “helping hand” shown through the support of parents, the Chamber’s Partner-In-Education, Education Edge programs and by private citizens. It increases motivation, academic achievement, and improves behavior. If you are seeking excellence in education and a desirable environment in which to rear children, Franklin County deserves your consideration.