CCSE High Introduces New Principal

About our Principal

Chattanooga Charter School of Excellence High is pleased to introduce Ms. Kelli Fulton as its school leader. Ms. Fulton is a visionary educator with several years of experience in leadership. Most recently Ms. Fulton worked as an Assistant Principal at The Howard School and as a principal at Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy. With a proven record of success as a leader in education, Ms. Fulton brings a wealth of experience and an unwavering passion for providing scholars with the highest quality education.

We Offer Co-Ed Classes With a “Small School Community Feel”

Chattanooga Charter School of Excellence High (CCSE High School) is a co-ed charter school that will be opening with ninth and tenth grade scholars this year. We are intentionally small so that we can offer a “small school community” feel, which allows us to personalize the educational experience for our scholars. Our school is a place, where we partner with parents, to build a better tomorrow for our scholars through providing opportunity, academic discipline, rigorous instruction, and personal excellence.

Located in the South Chattanooga community of Alton Park, the newly renovated high school is at the site of the former Franklin Middle School, 201 E. 37th Street. Any 9th or 10th grade scholar can apply to attend our tuition-free public charter school. Unlike our elementary and middle charter schools, where scholars are grouped by gender at each grade level, our male and female high school scholars will attend classes together. Transportation is free to all students who live at least one mile away from campus. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are provided free of cost.

We Offer an Award-Winning Leadership Program

The school uses “Leader in Me,” which is an award-winning, evidence-based, comprehensive leadership model implemented in over 5,000 schools globally that empowers scholars to be leaders, equipped with life skills required to succeed in a global economy. It creates a culture of trust, engagement and scholar empowerment, and aligns systems to drive results in academics. “Leader in Me” positively impacts schools by showing decreased discipline issues, improvements in communication, and students taking more responsibility and showing leadership skills, which in turn has a positive effect on school culture and academics.

We Foster Creativity and Collaboration in Learning

CCSE High School offers a STEM curriculum that includes flight, drone, and laser technology. Our STEM-education program fosters creativity and collaboration in learning, while focusing on careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. We also offer the Teaching as a Profession (TAP) program. The TAP program is designed for scholars who desire to pursue careers in the education and training fields, such as becoming a teacher, school counselor, trainer, librarian, or speech-language pathologist. TAP covers classroom professionalism, ethics, policies, and communication. Scholars will fulfill internships and, upon completion of the program, be prepared to pursue advanced training at a college level.

We Promote Skills Training and a Well-Rounded School Experience

As our school expands, CCSE High will be adding ROTC, Cosmetology, and Dual Enrollment. These programs will promote future academic and career readiness success.

With continuing growth of the CCSE campuses (including our elementary and middle charter schools), there is an overwhelming demand from our current scholars to play sports. As a result, CCSE High has partnered with Brainerd High School (BHS) to allow our scholars to compete on the following BHS sports teams: football, baseball, softball, volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, soccer, track & field, and wrestling.

CCSE High also offers the following clubs: Art, Robotics, Culinary Arts, Theater, Dance, Yearbook, and Student Government. Current elective offerings are Music, Chorus, Physical Education & Wellness, and Spanish. We expect to add electives, as the school expands one grade level per year to 12th grade.

To apply or get additional information, visit or call 423-702-2273.

Blog Post written by:
Renee Krehl
Chief of Staff