After about 15 years, Chattanooga and the surrounding area will once again have a school fair for local parents to learn more about local independent schools. The fair will be held on Sunday, Oct. 18, from 4-6 p.m. and interested, local families will be invited to come to Collegedale Commons and meet admissions staff and pick up school info packets.
Unlike the education fairs of the past, this event will focus on and specialize in independent schools. Local charter schools have been invited as well. All local, independent schools are invited to attend. It will focus on a footprint of Hamilton and Bradley Counties, as well as north Georgia and Dalton.
School Solutions of Chattanooga believes the time is now to bring this event back - but much better, said officials. This new event aims to re-establish these types of promotional events for private schools in the Chattanooga area and as a result of that long-term goal, SSC is asking that all local independent schools support this effort to re-introduce this event into the community mindset.
SSC officials said they hope to see as many independent schools there as possible and want a strong showing and it is hosting another similar event in the spring and adding in summer camps along with admissions. The local market may favor a late-season admissions push and this single spring event would allow for schools to make a "late pass" for interested families, together at one event, especially since many schools add students in the spring and early summer as well as promoting summer camps.
"The Tennessee Valley Independent School Fall Fair, will be a safe event that will honor social distancing and mask wearing guidelines," said Will Newberry. "It is primarily an outside event that will use open-air pavilions at The Collegedale Commons which is one of Chattanooga's newest, public event venues located near Ooltewah and East Brainerd on the west side of Collegedale. In addition to Hamilton County, we will target marketing in north Georgia, Dalton and Cleveland. We are staying very spread out and socially distanced with the setup."
This event aims to engage families who are “on the fence” and curious about private school. After feedback from parents, SSC is going with a two-hour event on a Sunday afternoon that officials hope will avoid many regularly scheduled activities.
"We will do our very best to stay focused on parents seeking school options and we will work to address concerns about affordability with information presentations on financial aid and affordability," said Mr. Newberry. "We will also have a Directors' Welcome with each attending admission director saying hello and sharing some brief comments about their school to the attendees. We want parents to attend who are curious about private schools and who may have questions. The Directors' Welcome and the Affordability Sessions will hopefully both be very helpful to attending parents."
For more information email info@SchoolSolutionsCHA.com.