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About BBS



One of the Premier Elementary Schools in Chattanooga, TN

Brainerd Baptist School enjoys and benefits from a close relationship with Brainerd Baptist Church which founded BBS in 1953. While close institutions that share the campus, the school and the church are legally distinct institutions. BBS is its own 501c-3 with its own Board, endowment, budget, programs and operations.  The school is a non-denominational Christian school that provides an academically challenging program for students in prekindergarten through 5th grade.



Since its inception, Brainerd Baptist School has prided itself on being one of the top elementary schools in Chattanooga. Our approach, along with our teachers and curriculum not only prepares our students to be accepted at the best college preparatory schools in Chattanooga, it also ensures they excel once they get there. We work very closely with several middle/high schools to ensure that our students are prepared for the next step in their academic careers.


Over 100,000 square feet in the historic Belvoir area of Chattanooga.
Students come from urban, suburban and rural communities within a 30-mile radius of Chattanooga.
Volumes in Library: Approximately 16,000


2013 - 2014 Enrollment
Prekindergarten through Grade 5
Total: 307
Boys: 165 Girls: 142
PK - K5: 115 1-5: 190
Average Class Size: 13.5
Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:9.1


Tuition - (2014-2015)
$3,575 (K3 T/Th
$5,075 (K3 & K4 MWF)
$6,210 (K3 & K4 M-F)
$8,050 (K5
$8,400 (1-5)


Faculty and Staff
Full time: 38
Part-time: 10
Total: 48
Academic Faculty Holding Advanced Degrees: 40%


Affiliations and Accreditations
Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce
Educational Records Bureau - (ERB)
National Association of Independent Schools - (NAIS)
Southeast Christian Schools Consortium - (SECSC) 

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools - (AdvancED)
Southern Association of Independent Schools - (SAIS)
Tennessee Association of Independent Schools - (TAIS)
United Way Center for Nonprofits  - (CNP)


Board of Trustees
Mrs. Tammy Barber (Chair)

Mrs. Jan Billingsley
Mrs. Celeste Bradley 

Dr. Megan Bray

Mr. Jeff Burns (Vice-Chair)
Dr. Corey Carpenter

Mr. Sean Corcoran (Head of School)
Mr. Mark Dragoo

Dr. Robby Gallaty
Mr. Greg Gibson
Mrs. Tonya Hathorne (Secretary)
Adrian Long
Mr. Michael Mathis (Treasurer)
Mr. Brent Morgan

Mr. Ken Rannick

Dr. Keith Tedford

Mr. Austin Watson


Brainerd Baptist School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.  It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid awards, and athletic and other school-administered programs.