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Staff Photo by Robin Rudd/ Chattanooga Preparatory School students return to classes on August 1, 2019.

Chattanooga Preparatory School was named a finalist for school of the year by the Tennessee Charter School Association in its 2021 Virtual Charter Champion Awards.

"Our Chattanooga Prep community has never lost sight of our most important goal, which is to ensure all children thrive in our school both academically and socially. At Chattanooga Prep, we focus on the whole child and ensure all of our students are prepared to excel to and through college," said Brad Scott, CEO of Chattanooga Prep, in a Wednesday news release.

Chattanooga Prep was one of three finalists in the category, along with Emerald Academy in Knoxville and Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering, with Emerald Academy receiving the honor Tuesday.

(READ MORE: Chattanooga-area schools start returning to class this week)

The organization recognizes charter schools and educators in several categories, including administrator of the year, advocate of the year, community impact project of the year and teacher of the year.

Other Hamilton County finalists included Angie Markum of Ivy Academy for administrator of the year and Angel Ulmer of Chattanooga Prep for advocate of the year.

— Compiled by Anika Chaturvedi

(READ MORE: Three new charter schools could open in Hamilton County in 2021)

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