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New High School Opens to Freshman Class and Bright Future



In July 2013, the Knox County Board of Education voted to approve construction of an innovative high school, and on Aug. 11, 2014, a full cohort of freshmen scholars will step into the school and into their bright futures.  On that historic day, these 126 scholars will embark on a new and personalized academic adventure leading to careers in high demand, high skill and high pay fields.


Located on the campus of Pellissippi State Community College Strawberry Plains, the school—currently dubbed Career Magnet Academy at Pellissippi State—will offer greater instructional flexibility and broader access to critical career and technical education opportunities for students.


“Career Magnet Academy is a revolution in secondary education,” said John Derek Faulconer, Principal.  “The school’s visionary faculty and administration will offer students a chance to graduate with an incredibly rich education leading to associate’s degrees, and by partnering with Pellissippi State Community College, students can do just that.”


Students choose from among four career paths at Career Magnet Academy:  Advanced Manufacturing, Homeland Security, Sustainable Living and Teacher Preparation.  As they progress through the school, they will transition from being solely Knox County Schools’ students to becoming dually enrolled in both the Knox County Schools and Pellissippi State Community College.


This unique school was made possible by a partnership with Pellissippi State Community College and the Knoxville Chamber, as well as academic and business leaders in our region.


Students and the community soon will play a major role in naming the school and choosing its colors and mascot.