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Our Story

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 300 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.

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Our Purpose

Share practices with other educators.
Ignite the power of learning.

In early 2013, a small group of educators and parents came together to brainstorm the idea of a new school with a unique and powerful model for educating children. 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.

While the idea for the school was born from a small group, we fully recognize that we cannot take on this challenge alone. When CBA opened its doors, there were 77 students enrolled in grades
K-6 with the intention to grow one grade level per year to 580 K-12 students at full capacity. However, the desire to be a part of the CBA community has led to growth far beyond what could have been projected.

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Our goal in founding this school was to create an environment for children to embrace education as something they enjoy. We wanted to create a community that ignited a passion for learning and instilled everyday life skills. So far, we've been able to go above and beyond that goal, and I hope we can continue to do so.Kevin ClaytonPresident
Clayton Homes

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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.Pat BradleyExecutive Director
Clayton-Bradley Academy

Our goal in founding this school was to create an environment for children to embrace education as something they enjoy. We wanted to create a community that ignited a passion for learning and instilled everyday life skills. So far, we've been able to go above and beyond that goal, and I hope we can continue to do so.Kevin ClaytonPresident
Clayton Homes

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.Pat BradleyExecutive Director
Clayton-Bradley Academy

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Our Vision

VISION

Reimagining education

PURPOSE

To ignite the power of learning

MISSION

Clayton-Bradley Academy is dedicated to creating a student-centered, positive, and challenging environment where all students excel through:


  • Critical thinking
  • Collaboration
  • Problem-solving
  • Lifelong Guidelines and Lifeskills
    BELIEFS

    Clayton-Bradley Academy is committed to the following:

    • 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
    • Family involvement
    • Respect for diversity
    LIFELONG GUIDELINES

    • Trustworthiness
    • Truthfulness
    • Active Listening
    • No Put Downs
    • Personal Best
     

    Our Vision

    VISION

    Reimagining education

    PURPOSE

    To ignite the power of learning

    MISSION

    Clayton-Bradley Academy is dedicated to creating a student-centered, positive, and challenging environment where all students excel through:

    • Critical thinking
    • Collaboration
    • Problem-solving
    • Lifelong Guidelines and Lifeskills
    BELIEFS

    Clayton-Bradley Academy is committed to the following:

    • 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
    • Family involvement
    • Respect for diversity
    LIFELONG GUIDELINES
    • Trustworthiness
    • Truthfulness
    • Active Listening
    • No Put Downs
    • Personal Best
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    At CBA, we are committed to preparing students for life outside of school. We integrate the soft skills below in every aspect of our education process.

    LIFESKILLS

    • Caring
    • Common Sense
    • Cooperation
    • Courage
    • Curiosity
    • Effort
    • Flexibility
    • Friendship
    • Initiative
    • Integrity
    • Organization
    • Patience
    • Perseverance
    • Pride
    • Problem Solving
    • Resourcefulness
    • Responsibility
    • Sense of Humor
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    At CBA, we are committed to preparing students for life outside of school. We focus on the life skills below in every aspect of our education process.

    LIFESKILLS

    • Caring
    • Common Sense
    • Cooperation
    • Courage
    • Curiosity
    • Effort
    • Flexibility
    • Friendship
    • Initiative
    • Integrity
    • Organization
    • Patience
    • Perseverance
    • Pride
    • Problem Solving
    • Resourcefulness
    • Responsibility
    • Sense of Humor

    STEM Education and
    Brain-based Learning

    • Intelligence is a function of experience, the experience a child brings into the classroom.
    • Learning is an inseparable partnership of body
      and brain.
    • There are multiple intelligences to solve problems and produce products.
    • Teachers recognize that students are pattern seekers and program builders and design curriculum to differentiate learning.
    • Teachers understand that a child’s personality and temperament impact learning and performance.
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    STEM Education and Brain-based Learning

    • Intelligence is a function of experience, the experience a child brings into the classroom.
    • Learning is an inseparable partnership of body
      and brain.
    • There are multiple intelligences to solve problems and produce products.
    • Teachers recognize that students are pattern seekers and program builders and design curriculum to differentiate learning.
    • Teachers understand that a child’s personality and temperament impact learning and performance.
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    At LDA Engineering, we were looking to award grants and time to organizations that shared our vision for the future STEM workforce and its needs. At CBA, they are dedicated to developing the minds of the future generations following STEM principles of problem-solving and critical thinking, so it was a natural fit for us.Jason Brooks, P.E.President and CEO
    LDA Engineering

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    At LDA Engineering, we were looking to award grants and time to organizations that shared our vision for the future STEM workforce and its needs. At CBA, they are dedicated to developing the minds of the future generations following STEM principles of problem-solving and critical thinking, so it was a natural fit for us.Jason Brooks, P.E.President and CEO
    LDA Engineering

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    Each year, every grade level chooses a service project that focuses on a cause or organization that is important to them. Past and current service projects have included:

    • Annual Toys for Tots Drive
    • Cleaning up organic gardens for Ijams Nature Center
    • Creating care packages for Asbury Place
    • Placing scarves around Krutch Park for the homeless
    • Selling “Helping Hand” bowls to raise money for No Kid Hungry
    • And many more

    At LDA Engineering, we were looking to award grants and time to organizations that shared our vision for the future STEM workforce and its needs. At CBA, they are dedicated to developing the minds of the future generations following STEM principles of problem-solving and critical thinking, so it was a natural fit for us.Jason Brooks, P.E.President and CEO
    LDA Engineering

    Each year, every grade level chooses a service project that focuses on a cause or organization that is important to them. Past and current service projects have included:

    • Annual Toys for Tots Drive
    • Cleaning up organic gardens for Ijams Nature Center
    • Creating care packages for Asbury Place
    • Placing scarves around Krutch Park for the homeless
    • Selling “Helping Hand” bowls to raise money for No Kid Hungry
    • And many more