Clayton-Bradley Academy is an independent PreK-12th grade school in Blount County, convenient to Knoxville and the surrounding areas. This small, year-round school offers students a nurturing place to excel through “being-there” experiences, creative project-based learning and real-world applications within the context of a rigorous curriculum.
In early 2013, a small group of educators and parents came together to brainstorm the idea of a different educational option for our community. They believed in the power of experiential learning and student ownership of the learning process, combined with a positive and enriching school environment. Included in the group were Pat Bradley-the current Executive Director of Clayton-Bradley Academy, Linda Jordan – a leading expert in Highly Effective Teaching, and Kevin Clayton – CEO of Clayton Homes.
CBA opened its doors in 2013 with 77 students in grades K-6 but has quickly grown to over 400 students in PK-12th grade. One of our goals is to maintain the small, family feel that we started with, so we will reach full capacity at 580 students, with approximately 40 per grade level.
Executive Director, Clayton-Bradley Academy
“We see this school as an opportunity to demonstrate new ways educators and businesses can partner in providing students with real-world experiences in an integrated STEM environment, starting in Preschool.”
Assistant Director, Clayton-Bradley Academy
“It is amazing to see what can happen when you allow educators to create, teach students to think critically and problem-solve, and connect standards students are learning to the real world.”
A clear and shared focus on student learning
A rigorous and integrated curriculum
High expectations for learning
Effective school leadership
Aligned instructional and assessment practices
Focused professional development
Safe and supportive learning environment
Respect for diversity
Clayton-Bradley Academy follows a year-round educational calendar so that learning is continuous. Instructional blocks and vacations are distributed throughout the year in a “45-15” day calendar, in which students attend school for approximately nine weeks followed by three weeks of vacation. The longest break period is approximately five weeks during summer.
At CBA, our classroom cottages are intentionally designed to create an optimal learning environment for students, from the earth tone paint colors in each cottage, to flexible lighting and seating arrangements.
The 8,590 square-foot multi-purpose Family Center houses a cafe, administrative offices and workrooms, and a performance stage where family gatherings are held every Wednesday morning. Our 45,000+ square-foot Main Building houses administrative offices, our teacher training center, gymnasium, clinic, and customized, state-of-the-art classrooms and labs.
Students have opportunities to work in the school gardens, including our rooftop hydroponic garden. Each class is assigned a garden space which they may use to support and enrich their curriculum. Favorite classroom treats include kale chips, strawberries, and salad bars with garden-grown lettuce.
Along with our Preschool and K-8 playgrounds, students and teachers also take advantage of our covered pavilion which is perfect for eating lunch outdoors.
In 2021, Clayton-Bradley Academy completed an Upper School facility with a robotics lab and a collaborative café workspace.