How are the schools in Eastern Tennes...

How are the schools in Eastern Tennessee?

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Hopeful Tennessian

Ocoee, FL

#1 Sep 20, 2006
I hope to eventually move to eastern Tenn. I now live in Florida with my hubbie and two children ages 7 & 9. I love many aspects of Tennessee and was wondering if anyone could reccommend a good county for schools and young families? I adore the mountains (too long living in the swampy Fl. weather) and would love to find a simple home and safe enviroment towards the mountains.
Hopeful Tennessian

Ocoee, FL

#2 Sep 21, 2006
Wow are the school systems so bad noone wants to answer? eek
Do Not Go There

Ashburn, VA

#5 Aug 12, 2007
LaLa wrote:
I like the King's Academy in Seymour...excellent school that has been there a long time.
Don't believe this post. This school has been in Seymour a long time, but it it not a good school. The schools in west Knoxville are, by far, the best schools. The schools in Powell are good also. Good luck with the move to Tennessee and welcome.
Do Not Go There

Ashburn, VA

#7 Aug 12, 2007
LaLa wrote:
Yes it is ..it is highly accredited.What do you have against a faith based education?
I attended there as well as many people I know.
I have nothing against a faith-based education. Don't be so touchy! I know this school's history, previous and current. The King's Academy isn't the best East Tennessee has to offer. I am just alerting the person asking the question to consider that a better education is offered elsewhere.

Since: Aug 07

Franklin, TN

#8 Aug 12, 2007
How sad that you feel you can critique something that you really know nothing about.
I had heard that Kings accepted toubled children, so I was apprehensive...That was until a friend sent her child and encouraged me. The elementary school children participate in their orchestra. They have a beautiful 75,000 dollar piano that is wonderful for those who choose to train classically. It's turned out to be a great school with a great campus. My child has spent 6 years in school there. I love that they teach golf and tennis. It is a boarding school as well, which has exposed my child to students from different countries. As far as troubled children. I have yet to see, or hear of any trouble at the shcool. The Sevier county school system is excellent. There are school systems from across the country that come to study their character training. I live in Knox county. My child will never attend any Knox county school. No matter what part of the county it's in. The west Knoxville parents that can afford it usually send their children to private schools on that end of town. Of course this is all personal opinion, but I really like Seymour and it's school system, private or not.
concernedmom

Pigeon Forge, TN

#10 Aug 13, 2007
I do know that one Sunday my son & I went to Kroger's in Seymour and the white bus from King's Academy was parked outside of the entrance. My son ran inside to take some movies back & one of the kids came out with a case of beer, then whoever was driving the bus took off & almost hit my child.

My child (age 13) has been in the Seymour school system since 2003 and the Gatlinburg school system before then. The public schools here in Sevier County are just as good as private schools. I also have a 3 y/o who will be starting school in a few years and I definitely want him to stay in the Sevier County system. Just my opinion.
riadda wrote:
How sad that you feel you can critique something that you really know nothing about.
I had heard that Kings accepted toubled children, so I was apprehensive...That was until a friend sent her child and encouraged me. The elementary school children participate in their orchestra. They have a beautiful 75,000 dollar piano that is wonderful for those who choose to train classically. It's turned out to be a great school with a great campus. My child has spent 6 years in school there. I love that they teach golf and tennis. It is a boarding school as well, which has exposed my child to students from different countries. As far as troubled children. I have yet to see, or hear of any trouble at the shcool. The Sevier county school system is excellent. There are school systems from across the country that come to study their character training. I live in Knox county. My child will never attend any Knox county school. No matter what part of the county it's in. The west Knoxville parents that can afford it usually send their children to private schools on that end of town. Of course this is all personal opinion, but I really like Seymour and it's school system, private or not.
concernedmom

Savannah, TN

#12 Aug 13, 2007
LaLa wrote:
I absolutely think that is a lie.
Well, I can assure you that it's not, why would I make up a story like that? And King's is the only school in the area who has those white short buses. I'm sure they use those to take the "boarded" kids to get things at the store. I'm just telling what I saw with my own eyes, don't care if you believe it or not.
parent of four

Utica, KY

#13 Aug 13, 2007
Beware....be VERY AWARE!!!!I have four children and the eldest is a graduate of Gatlinburg Pittman (GP) in Gatlinburg TN. Sevier county schools encompass Sevierville, Kodak, Gatlinburg, and Seymour. I have three other children in Sevier County schools. Overall, GP is a very good school however ALL schools have many problems in this county..GP simply has less dysfunctionalism than most as it is a smaller setting. They do however have a hands on principal and officials that actually WORK to help their youth. But do not kid yourself! There are problems GALORE in Sevier county schools that result from unresponsive and lackadasical school system authorities. There is gross lack of leadership and there is a major lack of accountability from school officials. Problems are side-stepped, minimized, ignored, or out and out denied. Bad behavior by some Sevier county teaching personnel is condoned by school system authorities and goes without consequence. There is a gross lack of fiscal responsibility and the children enrolled in the public school system suffer most adversely. Anyone with an eye, ear, or brain can see this readily! Have you peered within the schools recently? Can you see what they lack? Have you arrived to the classroom unannounced? More than once? More than twice? Recurrently....all year long? Have you listened to your child as well as your child's friends describing what exactly lacks? Have you seen inappropriate conduct by teachers go unaddressed which may or may not affect your child? Have you talked with good teaching personnel who readily say off the record that there are many problems that need repair in the worst way..but they are unable to say anything aloud for fear of losing their jobs? Anyone who indicates that the schools are "excellent" really has their head in the sand, is uninformed, and does not have the facts...or has not lived anywhere else and has nothing to compare the situation to! Sevier county schools do not compare to that you receive in private schooling! My family and I have lived here for six years. We moved here by choice. However, there are big problems within the county school system! Building structures are in major disarray where the kids attend school, yet the Mountain Press reported just last year that the Director of schools for Sevier county requested and received one MILLION two hundred and fifty THOUSAND dollars for a new ROOF for the central office which houses the administrative personnel for the county school system. How exactly did that help the KIDS who go to school in Sevier county schools? Could the job have been done for less? Is it fiscally responsible to pay that kind of $$$ for a roof, when it exceeds the cost of the structure itself? Which good ol boy made money on that endeavor? Monies are not fairly dispersed and they certainly do not benefit the kids in any way! Basic supplies lack in many of these schools. Sevier county High school does not even have enough desks to go around! Furthermore, their bathrooms are deplorable and public eating establishments have been closed for less satisfactory conditions than those that exist at some schools in the county! Fecal stains on the wall, graffiti, tobacco wads etc... ad infinitum...ad nauseum. Yet the principal indicates that cleanliness of these bathrooms is "not the custodian's job." Who's job is it then? There is a new parental awareness group that has formed out of necessity in this county to address the issues that officials refuse to acknowledge. It will offend those who believe the good ol boy system works...and do not wish to see progressive change. There are those of us who do know that positive change will not occur without ACTION behind it.
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Do Not Go There

Ashburn, VA

#14 Aug 13, 2007
Hopeful Tennessian wrote:
I hope to eventually move to eastern Tenn. I now live in Florida with my hubbie and two children ages 7 & 9. I love many aspects of Tennessee and was wondering if anyone could reccommend a good county for schools and young families? I adore the mountains (too long living in the swampy Fl. weather) and would love to find a simple home and safe enviroment towards the mountains.
I just reread your post after seeing the replies you are getting. As I advised you, in Knox County the school in the western (Farragut) end are the best by far. People pay higher prices for homes just to get their children in the Farragut school system. The west end of town is growing fast and the traffic situation can be bad. In the northern end of Knox County, Powell schools are also good. As for a good place to move to and raise your children, look into Blount County. The Maryville City Schools and Alcoa City Schools there are excellent. Maryville is a small town, but not too small, and is a great place to raise children. Also the Oak Ridge school system in Oak Ridge, TN, is one of the best. Teachers in Maryville, Alcoa, and Oak Ridge are paid more than in Sevier and Knox Counties and, as a result, tend to get the best teachers. Hope this is helpful.

Since: Aug 07

Franklin, TN

#15 Aug 16, 2007
I think it is ironic that your screen name is "Do Not Go There." It's obvious you have an issue with Sevier county. I am a female with a 6 figure income and I've lived in West Knoxville and both my husband and I currently work in West Knoxville. We looked into buying a home in Gettysvue, but after meeting some of the folks, we decided to opt out. Sometimes you can drown in a rainstorm just from the position of your nose. People usually pay higher prices for homes, because they're catering to their ego. Obviously you haven't seen some of the homes being built in Seymour, nor do you know the value of the land. It's odd that you recommend almost anywhere, but Sevier, so it's hard to take your comments seriously. The lady who assumes that just because Kings Academy has a small white bus that IT had to be the one who bought the beer, really needs to reevaluate her coments. I have a friend who owns a limo company that transports groups in a small white bus. There are several in this area that don't have writing on them. I'm stunned at how someone could throw around unsubstantiated allegations so easily. I'm not saying you're lying. I'm saying if you didn't see Kings Academy written on it, then you shouldn't assume. Rumors can grow into gigantic cancerous tumors that cause great harm and irreparable damage.
To the peson that hopes to move to TN....You might want to check on how much taxation you'll find on the west side. I suggest you visit and experience the different regions, contact the school systems, ask lots of questions, but most importantly, pray. We will all have biased opinions, but God will never fail you.
Do Not Go There wrote:
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I just reread your post after seeing the replies you are getting. As I advised you, in Knox County the school in the western (Farragut) end are the best by far. People pay higher prices for homes just to get their children in the Farragut school system. The west end of town is growing fast and the traffic situation can be bad. In the northern end of Knox County, Powell schools are also good. As for a good place to move to and raise your children, look into Blount County. The Maryville City Schools and Alcoa City Schools there are excellent. Maryville is a small town, but not too small, and is a great place to raise children. Also the Oak Ridge school system in Oak Ridge, TN, is one of the best. Teachers in Maryville, Alcoa, and Oak Ridge are paid more than in Sevier and Knox Counties and, as a result, tend to get the best teachers. Hope this is helpful.
Hemigurl2U

Rogersville, TN

#16 Aug 22, 2007
I totally agree Seymour Schools are too infested with teachers whom are not qualified to teach good education. How many of you parents have had to pay College Tuition for your children to take remedial classes in order to further their education. It's sadd that our teachers do not take the time to do what they are hired to do. If I had children still in school I would drive as far away from Seymour as I could. Blount County surpasses buy far. Another "point" what happened to the dress code, You can hardly tell the students from the teachers. Shame on you Sevier County for not enforcing a decent dress code for teachers, parents try to abide but what is the point. Teachers and Students in flip flops come on, if people think Seymour is the place to send your kidds then everyone needs to get their eyes checked. STOP'LOOK'LISTEN. Been there done that.
Lisa

South Pittsburg, TN

#17 Oct 8, 2007
My kids go to William Blount in Maryville and they went to Heritage before attending WB. Both are Blount County schools. William Blount is rather large and overcrowded, but they like it. I would prefer that they go to a smaller school, such as Greenback and we are considering moving to that area soon. I don't have any experience with Knox or Sevier County schools, but have been pleased with the Blount County schools for the most part.
luvbackbear

Cookeville, TN

#18 Oct 9, 2007
I am a resident of Sevierville also a transplant from West Palm Beach Florida. My son attends a school in Sevier COunty and he loves it and we adore the teachers. My son when in public schools in florida, from K-2, cried everday that he hated school we then had to pay for private school and he began to like school now he doesn't miss a day. The teachers actually care about his education and work with us to create a great learning environment. It all starts with the teachers. Also, I see that "DO NOT GO THERE" is responding from Georgia. Wussup wit dat?? Anyway, I say Caton's Chapel is NUMBER 1!!!!!!
alison

Sevierville, TN

#19 Jan 26, 2011
Hopeful Tennessian? Hi. My name is Alison and I'm a freshman at The King's Academy in Seymour, Tennessee. I have been going to this school for 10 years now, and I can assure you that this lady who says some kid came out of Kroger with a case of beer is seriously mistaken. I know everyone of the staff at King's including the dorm directors and I know that they would never let any dorm student do that. While it's true that we do own a short white school bus, I can assure you that no child who has ever been in The King's Academy's dorm has ever done anything like that. King's Academy is a very highly recommended school worldwide. I hope this review has helped you since it actually came from a student.
ProudstudentofTK A

Sevierville, TN

#20 Jan 26, 2011
Hopeful Tennessian,I have had the privilege to attend The King's Academy for twelve years and am able to attest to what a blessing it has been. You will not find teachers that care more for your students than those at King's. They truly wish to see each child succeed and go out of their way to make it happen. The King's Academy has always been like one giant family to me. The warm environment and constant love, prayer, and support received from the faculty truly make this school one of a kind. Furthermore, as to the comment made by Concerned Mom, I can assure you that alcohol is not tolerated at The King's Academy. I know all of the dorm directors and can say with confidence that they comply with the standards that the Academy has set forth.
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Seymour, TN

#21 Jan 27, 2011
Wow, nice to read all the comments on a post that is about 4 years old....lol I wonder if this person ever actually moved here?

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