Neighborhood Micro Schools

Giving Back to

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CCS is committed to creating partnerships with local churches to create Neighborhood Micro Schools in order to build a strong foundation for more 6th grade ready students in Chattanooga.

What are Micro Schools?

  • Small Kindergarten-5th grade schools located in underserved neighborhoods.
  • A partnership with churches, using existing facilities, leveraging the backbone of CCS.
  • One class per grade with one master teacher and 12 students per class.
  • Focused on fundamentals, especially reading and math.
  • Diverse population, both ethnically and socioeconomically.
  • All families are invested, some paying full tuition and others receiving partial scholarships.
  • Using existing wraparound care to serve whole families, working with social service agencies for sustainable neighborhood renewal.

Support Neighborhood Micro Schools

To give a gift now, click the button below to be connected to the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga website. Please select "Micro School Opportunity Fund" in the designation drop down.

You can also mail a check made payable to: The Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, 1400 Williams Street, Chattanooga, TN 37408. Please include Micro School Opportunity Fund in the memo line.

Thank you for your support!

Creating Partner Schools

CCS is committed to initiatives that provide platforms for our students, faculty, and staff to give back to Chattanooga. We view these service opportunities as integral to our mission. One such initiative is the creation of K-5 neighborhood micro schools located in underserved neighborhoods in the Chattanooga area in partnership with local churches, using their existing facilities. 

Studies show that 3rd graders who are not proficient in reading are four times more likely to drop out of school before graduating. It is our hope that by educating more 6th grade ready students who will then matriculate to area middle schools, we will not only have a positive impact on other schools, but most significantly on the lives of these students and, by extension, their families and communities. 

The King School, the flagship neighborhood micro school, opened in the fall of 2019 with one class of Kindergarteners and one class of 1st graders (12 max per grade) and two master teachers. The school is housed on the campus of Olivet Baptist Church. Funding for The King School is through the “Micro School Opportunity Fund” at the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga which awards student scholarships.
For more information about The King School and the micro school model, please view the brochure linked above. To learn more about giving to this initiative, contact John Stroud at