CSAS And CSLA Kindergarten Admission Process Starts Soon

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Families interested in enrolling their children in kindergarten for the 2015-2016 school year at either Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences or Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts should review the criteria for submitting an application that is posted on the Hamilton County Board of Education’s website (www.hcde.org). 

The first step includes scheduling a school tour at either school. School tours begin Sept. 4. This admission process was adopted several years ago in order to be more equitable for parents and allow a more transparent process for student admission.

Only parents successfully completing the three required steps will be allowed to have their child’s application entered into the lottery which will be held on Friday, Dec. 5. 

Families interested in enrolling their children in kindergarten for the 2015-2016 school year should review the criteria for submitting an application. Families are to meet all the set criteria to become a qualified applicant eligible for their child’s application to be added into the qualified applicant pool for admissions drawings.

  • ALL kindergarten parents must meet the criteria, including parents of siblings and faculty children.
  • Only the legal guardian(s) of the child can fulfill the required criteria.
  • Parents must complete a school tour first.  Parents are encouraged to attend the location that is their first choice, but touring both locations is permitted.
  • Parents may attend meetings held at either school, regardless of their school preference.


Criteria to Follow and Dates to Remember

Criteria 1 – Call either school now to schedule your required tour – see table below.

                                        CSAS (209-5816)  or  CSLA (855-2614)


Tour Dates

Chattanooga School for the Arts & Sciences   

September 4, 11, 18, and 25

(Thursdays @ 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.)

Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts


September 9, 16, and 23

(Tuesdays @ 9:30 a.m.)

Note:  no tour on Sept. 2nd or 30th


Criteria 2 – Attend an Orientation/Philosophy Session – Mtg. #1

Chattanooga School for the Arts & Sciences

Thursday, October 2 @ 6:00 p.m. in the Auditorium/Gallery

Chattanooga School for Liberal Arts

Tuesday , October 14 @ 6:00 p.m. in the Auditorium


Criteria 3 – Attend Seminar Session – Mtg. #2

Chattanooga School for the Arts & Sciences

Thursday, November 6 @ 6:00 p.m. in Cafeteria/Classrooms

Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts

Tuesday , November 11 @ 6:00 p.m. in Auditorium/Classrooms

 (At the conclusion of this meeting, applications will be given out.)

Completed applications from parents/guardians that have met the above criteria must be submitted to either CSAS or CSLA by 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21.

Lottery will take place Friday, Dec. 5, beginning at 2 p.m. in the Board Room of the Hamilton County Department of Education.



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