The Tennessee Department of Education reports that 957,423 students are enrolled in the state’s 1,800 public schools. Tennessee has over 70,000 public school employees, including educators, principals, supervisors, and other professional employees. There are 68,838 teachers in the state, making the ratio of students to teachers 14:1.
Tennessee offers inter-district and intra-district open enrollment, which allow families to attend schools outside of their assigned district. Other Tennessee public school options include charter and magnet schools. Families may also choose to send their children to private school. Tennessee offers two school choice programs to assist with private school tuition: the Education Savings Account Pilot Program and the Individualized Education Account Program. Additionally, Tennessee families may homeschool their children if they notify the state.