Statement from Mr. Brad Scott, CEO PREP Public Schools:
Knoxville, Tenn. – March 28, 2023 – In response to the letter and corresponding attachments received today from the Knoxville Branch NAACP, the leadership team at Chattanooga Preparatory Schools and Knoxville Preparatory Schools is writing to address the inaccuracies in those documents created by the Knoxville Branch NAACP:
o Studentscurrentlyenrolledshallbegivenfirstenrollmentpreferenceandareexcluded from the lottery.
o Students residing in the LEA service area where the public charter school is located
(Knox County Schools), who were previously enrolled in a public or private school in the
service area during the previous year.
o Students residing outside the LEA service area in which the public charter schoolis located and who were attending another public or private school during the previous
• Supplemental application documentation- Part of the application includes required
supplemental documentation that includes the most recent report card, attendance report, and discipline report. These reports are used to help Chatt Prep and Knox Prep faculty prepare for the incoming class but have no merit in their admissions process. The information provided on the incoming students is used to make sure the school has everything in place to adequately support the students for success.
As part of our continued efforts to engage the Knoxville community and create a school that serves boys in Knox County well, upon approval, Knoxville Preparatory School will host a series of town hall meetings to allow prospective parents and students, educators, business leaders, and community members to come and learn about the school and engage with our leadership team. These town halls will allow our team to continue listening to community members to help us tailor our model to best serve Knox County families.
About Prep Public Schools
Prep Public Schools is driven by a mission to engage young men in a rigorous, yet supportive, learning environment that fosters resilience, promotes academic excellence, inspires leadership, and prepares critical thinkers to become the men of tomorrow. Public charter schools under Prep Public Schools offer a unique and impactful educational opportunity for young men in urban communities. Quality STEM- centered curriculum and leadership development ensure students' future success in a fast-paced world.
Prep Public Schools currently operates Chattanooga Preparatory School in Chattanooga, TN, open since 2018, and have submitted a charter school application to the Knox County Board of Education for Knoxville Preparatory School, intended to open in Knoxville, TN in fall 2024, pending approval.