Our Mission

  •  Excellence for Every Child



    The Knox County Schools Curriculum & Instruction Department believes:
    • An effective organization must engage in collaborative and continuous cycles of learning and improvement at all levels.
    • Exemplary instructional  leadership is dynamic, focused on teaching and learning, and engaged in data-driven decision-making.
    • Our department has an obligation to ensure that all students have multiple opportunities for attainment of skills and knowledge needed for post-secondary success.
    • An effective C&I department is one that courageously develops and supports the art and science of teaching and learning through innovation informed by research.
    These are the guiding principles for all decisions and activities of the department.

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Secondary Education

  • Equal Educational Opportunity Through the Program of Studies
    The concept of equal educational opportunity was accepted by the Knox County Civil Rights Task Force December 3, 1990. At the high school level, the concept translates into a comprehensive curriculum offering (1) a wide range of academic and vocational subjects, (2) a wide span of scholastic levels, and (3) courses of study in all subject areas of the Knox County system-wide Program of Studies.

    While all high schools can not be identical as to specific courses (there are approximately 300 course titles in the system-wide curriculum, twice the number needed in any one school), every high school is committed to offer courses in sufficient number and variety to provide students with opportunities to achieve four goals.

    Our Goals:
    Goal 1 - Satisfy graduation requirements.

    Goal 2 - Satisfy admission requirements of Tennessee public post-secondary educational institutions.

    Goal 3 - Satisfy job-entry requirements from among at least eight occupational areas.

    Goal 4 - Pursue personal educational goals up to the levels indicated below:

    • English Language Arts: Two units in Theater and one each in Speech and Journalism; Honors and Advanced Placement levels in English.
    • Mathematics: Through Pre-calculus/Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry and an optional 5th unit.
    • Science: At least three units each in physical and life sciences.
    • Social Studies: Four units.
    • World Languages: A choice of three languages, at least one of which offers a third unit.
    • Fine Arts: One or more courses every term in choral and instrumental music and visual art.
    • Business Education: Four units of courses for personal rather than job-entry purposes.
    • Family and Consumer Sciences: Four units of courses for personal rather than job-entry purposes.
    • Vocational-Technical Education: Four units of one-credit courses for personal rather than job-entry purposes.
    • Driver Education: One unit.
    • Physical Education and Wellness: One unit of Lifetime Wellness and one unit of Physical Education.

    Additional Course Offerings
    In addition to the minimum curriculum listed above, schools may draw from the system-wide curriculum other courses for which there are sufficient student enrollment and adequate supportive resources (personnel, facilities equipment and materials).

Secondary Education

  • Hickman

    Cheryl Hickman

    Executive Director
    Secondary Education
    Andrew Johnson Building
    14th Floor
    (865) 594-1710 Office
    (865) 594-1715 Fax

    Danny N. Trent

    Secondary Education
    Andrew Johnson Building
    14th Floor
    (865) 594-1710 Office
    (865) 594-1715 Fax

Secondary Support Staff

  • Smith

    Kim Smith

    Administrative Assistant
    Andrew Johnson Building
    14th Floor
    (865) 594-1710 Office
    (865) 594-1715 Fax