Diversity and Accessibility Policy
The Great Schools Partnership aims to provide a diversity-friendly service and work environment that encourages people of all abilities to access services and apply for open positions. If you have an accessibility request or require a special accommodation, please contact Stephanie Welch (firstname.lastname@example.org or 865-215-2042). To enable us to respond in a manner most helpful to you, please indicate the nature of your accessibility request and your contact information.
Great Schools Ranked 13th in the U.S.
Knoxville’s Great Schools was ranked 13th in the U.S. by “Stepping Up: The Top K-12 Education Foundations in the Nation,” which is a nationally recognized study of U.S. K-12 education foundations. Great Schools was also the top-ranked education foundation in Tennessee. This ranking further distinguishes our neighborhood schools as some of the very best in the nation.
The Great Schools Partnership (GSP) is a free-standing tax-exempt organization that serves as an operational partner for making Knox County Schools globally competitive.
The organization was formed in 2005 as an outgrowth of the “Every School a Great School” symposium to align efforts by leaders from the public and private sectors. The shared vision is to take Knox County Schools from good to great, with coordination through a single agency.
We believe that education is the key to our economic future. Our county commissioners and school board members want to create the best large school system in the Southeast. Setting a high goal is easy; realizing it takes courage, sacrifice and determination. With Great Schools Partnership, Knox County is quickly being positioned as a national example for exceptional education – in our students, teachers, facilities and with the community support that is the heartbeat of our progress and success. We are accomplishing this with a three-pronged strategy that gained us a national ranking in 2014 as the 13th best education foundation in the US and the top ranked education foundation in Tennessee.
Working with the Knox County Schools’ Superintendent, GSP analyzes school data to determine where limited private-sector resources could have the greatest impact on learning.
Together with local businesses and philanthropic leaders, GSP raises funds to support the most innovative and promising programs.
With public officials, GSP is working to ensure that the political culture is one that values and supports education.