Our Curriculum


Clayton-Bradley Academy’s unique education model was designed with the intention to make the most of learning for students and their families, teachers and the community. This model is called Highly Effective Teaching (HET), or Brain-Based Learning.


Educators at Clayton-Bradley Academy carefully design curriculum that is integrated across subject areas through common themes and concepts. Teachers incorporate national and state teaching standards into rich projects and real-world situations to prepare students to apply their knowledge beyond the classroom.


Educators implement their integrated curriculum through Project-Based Learning, inquiries, and field studies. Students combine knowledge from all content areas to solve problems and apply their learning. 


All Clayton-Bradley Academy educators are trained in the HET brain-compatible education model which was created with brain research in mind and includes proven strategies and methods for student learning, teaching and school leadership.


As part of our Brain-Based Learning model, students engage in project-based learning. Students utilize the process of inquiry to investigate complex, real-world problems. Through these carefully designed, standards-based investigations, students integrate knowledge from multiple content areas to design solutions to various problems.



Key Curricular Content
Project-Based Learning is built around crucial, grade-level standards formed across all subject areas.


Driving Question
Each project is built around an open-ended, driving question that students use to form their explorations and investigations.


Inquiry Focus
Students dive into an extended timeline and process of asking questions, using resources, and developing answers.


Future Essentials
Students build experiences critical to future education and career performance, such as team collaboration, critical thinking skills, innovation, and creativity.


Student Choices
With teacher supervision and guided development, students are allowed to make decisions on their time, product, and how they work together.


Going Public
Students share new knowledge with those outside of the classroom by presenting their solutions and findings in a public forum or medium.


STEM education is driven by problem solving and discovery and places an emphasis on the process and design of solutions. STEM education promotes critical thinking skills and real-world application. At CBA, STEM studies are integrated into performing, visual and literary arts through courses like foreign language, theatre, art, and music. Students explore the intersection of arts and technology to develop creativity and problem solving.

Why Standards-based Grading?


Clayton-Bradley Academy is fully equipped with state-of-the-art technology, cutting-edge learning management systems, and integrated digital audio/visual instructional systems, thanks to Digital AV.

Our 1:1 technology to students and faculty ratio allows real-time collaboration for students and teachers. 

Clayton-Bradley Academy offers seamless, on-campus internet connectivity, for both indoor and outdoor classrooms. Complete with a fiber optic bandwidth and world-class WIFI, the school links virtually, in real-time, to rich teaching resources including Oak Ridge National Labs, Y-12, University of Tennessee, Maryville College, The Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, and more.



Juli Sudman

Technical Support

Tom Sudman

Technical Support

Scott Smith

Technical Support



Clayton-Bradley Academy offers quality, early childhood curriculum for children ages 3 through Pre-K. Our immersive curriculum teaches and facilitates the development of independent and interactive skills through play-based learning, inquiries, and problem-solving that prepare students for future programs and learning.

Along with encouraging the child’s own thinking, our Preschool curriculum promotes positive character education and classroom culture. Housed on the Clayton-Bradley Academy campus, our Preschool students are part of the larger CBA family.

Along with our attentive educators, parents play an important part in the Preschool program and will be involved in the program through consistent communication from our Preschool instructors. We strongly believe that the combined, harmonious work of instructors and parents helps instill the life skills crucial for developing successful future students.

Our Preschool curriculum follows the Highly Effective Teaching/Brain-Based Learning model which focuses on integrated, hands-on learning in a positive, nurturing environment. 


Children must be 3 years of age by August 15th and fully potty trained before attending Clayton-Bradley Academy.


3-Day Half Day Program:
8:30-12:30 Monday through Wednesday

3-Day Full Day Program:
8:30-3:00 Monday and Tuesday & 8:30-12:30 Wednesday*

5-Day Half Day Program:
8:30-12:30 Monday through Friday

5-Day Full Day Program:
8:30-3:00 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & 8:30-12:30 Wednesday*

*Please note all Preschool students are dismissed at 12:30 on Wednesdays because of staff professional development.

Bring your child to his/her classroom and sign in between 8:15-8:30.

Pick-up time is promptly at 12:30 and 3:00 using the traffic circle at the Main Building. Parents/Guardians arriving after 12:30 and 3:00 may incur a late fee.

Parents will provide lunches for those students staying after 12:30.

Related Arts

Related Arts are essential to life here at CBA. Preschool students extend their creativity and problem solving skills in Art, Music, Wellness, and Spanish each week. Our Related Arts teachers and general education teachers collaborate to plan projects that support the core curriculum, integrate multiple subject areas, and allow students to discover new interests. Meet our Related Arts team here.


Katie Burgess

Preschool Coordinator

Stephanie Goode

Preschool Instructor

Stacie Hutchinson

Preschool Instructor


Lower School

Clayton-Bradley Academy is dedicated to creating a student-centered, positive, and challenging environment where all students excel. Our Lower School follows the Highly Effective Teaching/Brain-Based Learning model through which instructors design conceptual curriculum based on national and state standards. Students are continuously assessed in multiple ways so they can reach their highest potential regardless of age or grade.



Clayton-Bradley Academy’s Lower School practices looping in select grades. Looping refers to the increasingly common practice of keeping groups of students together for two or more years with the same teacher.

According to research findings, the academic benefits of looping include:

  • Teachers gain extra teaching time. “Getting-to-know-you” time becomes virtually unnecessary during the second year.
  • Teacher knowledge about a child’s intellectual strengths and weaknesses increase over time.
  • Students reap benefits from time spent on developing social skills and cooperative group strategies in subsequent years.
  • Looping encourages a stronger sense of community and family among parents, students, and teachers.


Related Arts are essential to life here at CBA. Lower School students extend their creativity and problem solving skills in Art, Music, Wellness, Technology, and Spanish. Our Related Arts teachers and general education teachers collaborate to plan projects that support the core curriculum, integrate multiple subject areas, and allow students to discover new interests. Meet our Related Arts team here.


Melissa Singleton


Bailey Thompson


Jenna Jackson

1st & 2nd grade

Amber Kitts

1st & 2nd Grade

Katie Murrin

1st & 2nd grade

Cherie Miller

3rd grade

Allison Wallace

3rd Grade

Amy Lovin

4th grade

Jennifer Webster

4th grade

Nick Starkey

5th grade


Upper School

Clayton-Bradley Academy is dedicated to creating a student-centered, positive, and challenging environment where all students excel. Upper School instructors follow the Highly Effective Teaching/Brain-Based Learning model to design and facilitate learning opportunities to promote critical thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving.


Follow the links below to learn more about the opportunities available to CBA Upper School students. Along with the core curriculum, these learning opportunities promote critical thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving.


Each spring, Clayton-Bradley Academy hosts a STEM Fair competition and Scholars’ Showcase. Middle School students participate in the STEM Fair, delving into a topic of interest, researching that topic, creating a display board, and presenting their learning. Ninth and tenth grade students embark on a passion project and present their learning at our Scholars’ Showcase. The Scholars’ Showcase project is meant to inform or evolve into a student’s Junior LEEP experience and Senior Capstone project.


As a junior in high school, making the leap into the first chapter of adult life becomes a fast approaching reality. In this course, students participate in activities designed to create a bridge between the classroom and the awaiting real world. Career and college exploration, further training in academic research, and a mandatory internship experience in a local, professional setting are all components of this course. This class also serves as preparation for the senior capstone experience.


This class serves as a platform for seniors to culminate their K-12 educational experience. The class is designed around 4 distinct facets: the paper, the product, the portfolio, and the presentation. Seniors further their academic prowess through extensive research on a topic connected to future aspirations. They have the possibility of an extended internship experience building skills for success in career and college. As well, they wrestle with questions concerning world view and global citizenship. The senior service trip serves as a culminating field study to explore the world from a different perspective. Finally, students present their capstone project as a culmination of their educational journey.



Laura Greene

6th/7th Science

Dan DeMarchis

8th Grade Math & HS Science

Becky Adkins

6th/7th Grade Mathematics

Dr. Yvette Freter

High School Humanities

Susan Ehrenclou

6th grade

Lizabeth Shugart

7th grade

Nicole Whitecotton

8th grade

Dr. Jennifer Bruce

High School Mathematics

Arielle Kennedy

High School Mathematics

Dr. Francisco Camacho

High School Science

Sarah Bollschweiler

High School Social Sciences

Scott Hussey

High School Social Sciences

Joshua Riggins

High School Social Sciences

Related Arts

Our Related Arts classes enrich the core curriculum, explore the intersection of the arts and sciences, and allow students to pursue a variety of topics and interests through “being there” experiences.


Sheli Voorhees

PreK-2nd Grade Art

Dr. Barry Lucas

Technology, Upper School

Lori Vines

Techology, Lower School

Maria Toncray

STEAM, Upper School

Cindy McDannel

3rd - 12th Grade Art

Stephen Taylor

Spanish, Lower School

Laura Atwood

Spanish, Upper School

Yan Diaz

Chinese, Upper School

Josh Counts


Katie Hutchinson


Jill Emert

General Music, Lower and Upper School


Standards-Based Grading

Clayton-Bradley Academy utilizes standards-based grading which focuses on student mastery of state and national standards. Through standards-based grading, teachers focus on the essential skills and knowledge students must learn and select or design tasks and activities that will have the greatest impact on student learning. Students have opportunities to demonstrate their learning in multiple ways, through a variety of assessments and projects, and to show their growth over time. Students and parents receive detailed feedback indicating what learning a student has or has not demonstrated. Clayton-Bradley Academy sends out progress reports every 3 weeks and report cards every 9 weeks to help students and families track their progress toward mastery using the following scale. At the high school level, our standards-based grading scale can be translated into a GPA and transcript that will be recognized by colleges and universities.

    Application of knowledge in meaningful ways; can produce, not just reproduce knowledge/information.
    Understanding of the concepts & information pertaining to the topic/standard with the ability to independently express and apply understanding.
    An average understanding but not enough knowledge to apply information or work independently.
    A beginner’s knowledge with lots of room for growth and learning but little to no evidence that shows understanding.