Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts to add first ninth-grade class next year

Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts is seen on Tuesday, Sept. 26, in Chattanooga, Tenn. CSLA will add its first class of ninth grade students in the 2021-22 school year.

Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts will grow its student body next year. The K-8 school will add a ninth grade class of 50 students, made up of current eighth grade students at CSLA along with students who will be selected from a lottery later this month.

Some of CSLA's current eighth grade class of 49 students will continue there for ninth grade, while others will move on to different schools, Principal Krystal Scarbrough said. For the open seats, families can apply for students to be entered into a lottery.

For the 2021-22 school year, the ninth graders and 99 magnet students from Lakeside Academy will attend school at CSLA's current campus. Meanwhile, renovation and construction will take place at Lakeside Academy's current campus before CSLA moves there the following school year.