The education sector in Tennessee consistently adapts to the evolution of technology. In fact, Tennessee was the first state to connect all of its K-12 public schools to the internet in the 90s. Tennessee has stayed ahead of the curve since then. The state is now home to an online public high school, a few Tennessee online colleges, and a number of digital K-12 classrooms.
Higher Learning Initiatives
University of Tennessee Online
University of Tennessee Online is a branch of the University of Tennessee’s brick-and-mortar campus. It offers a number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs for working adults who need the flexibility of an online school. University of Tennessee Online is one of the many first-rate online schools in Tennessee, and it’s also one of the most affordable. All of the online courses offered by the University of Tennessee are taught by the school’s professors and provide students with the digital materials, lectures, and forums they need to truly master the subjects they study.
Tennessee Online Public School (TOPS)
Tennessee is home to one of the only 100% online public schools in the U.S., the Tennessee Online Public School (TOPS). TOPS serves 9th through 12th graders in Tennessee and provides them with opportunities to take all of the classes they need to graduate in an online setting. All TOPS classes are approved by the state and taught by teachers certified in Tennessee. Additionally, TOPS provides its online high school students with unique opportunities to work on group projects and socialize by joining student government and other groups.
The Tennessee Department of Education works with Education Networks of America to provide all Tennessee public schools with wireless internet access to a secure K-12 network. Schools in Tennessee are able to use this network to collaborate on learning initiatives and expose students to a wealth of knowledge from other schools in the state as well as from the world wide web. ConnectTEN was the first network of its kind for K-12 public schools in the U.S. It remains a successful model that many states emulate.