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Collegiate High FAQs

Do students receive a diploma?

Answer: 

Yes. Students that graduate from Hamilton County's Collegiate High at Chattanooga State receive a high school diploma when graduation requirements have been fulfilled. Students that earn the required 22 Carnegie units and 23 1/2 credits also earn the required 60 college credit hours, receive a high school diploma and an associate degree.

Do the students have the opportunity to participate in a commencement exercise?

Answer: 

Yes. Collegiate High graduates during the Chattanooga State commencement exercises.

What are the admission requirements?

Answer: 

Students in grades 10 - 12 must score 19 or better on the ACT (national or residual). Students in grade 9 must score 19 on the EXPLORE test or take the Chattanooga State College ready compass scores. Students must submit 2 recommendations. The recommendations should be obtained from their high school principal or guidance counselor or a teacher. Students and parents are interviewed. Upon acceptance to the Collegiate High, the students make application to Chattanooga State.

What is the cost?

Answer: 

Students at Collegiate High are full time students at Chattanooga State; therefore, the tuition is the same as full time college students. College textbooks must be purchased. (For further information on tuition, please contact the Bursar's Office at 423-697-4732).

Is financial aid available for Dual Enrollment?

Answer: 

Yes. The Tennessee Dual Enrollment Grant is available to juniors and seniors. Chattanooga State offers partial scholarships to students based on financial need.

Is there an age limit?

Answer: 

Yes. Students must be enrolled in grades 9 - 12 to be eligible for admission.

How many credits are required for graduation?

Answer: 

Please refer to the curriculum page.

What about grades?

Answer: 

All students must score proficient or better on End-of-Course exams in AlgebraI, Language Arts 10 and Biology to meet graduation requirements.

What does a typical schedule consist of and what about the time frame of the classes?

Answer: 

Classes are scheduled to meet the needs of the student. A typical day at Collegiate High reflects a college schedule on certain days of the week based on college credit hours.

Who is eligible to attend Collegiate High?

Answer: 

Applicants that meet the requirements for admission to Collegiate High and are eligible to attend Chattanooga State can apply.

Do you have other questions?

Answer: 

Contact the Collegiate High office at 423-697-4492 or e-mail sonja.rich@chattanoogastate.edu (link sends e-mail)

Collegiate High is collaboration between Hamilton County Department of Education and Chattanooga State.

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