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Schools That Work| Case Study

Normal Park Museum Magnet School

Grades K-8 | Chattanooga, TN

Learning Beyond the Classroom Walls

Collaboration with local museums and community organizations offer Normal Park students real-world connections to the curriculum.
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What This School Is Achieving


Since becoming a museum magnet school, Normal Park has been awarded the Magnet School of America Excellence Award and the J.F. Kennedy School of Distinction in Arts Education.

Normal Park consistently outperforms the state on standardized tests in math, reading and science. Attendance is higher and suspensions are lower than the state average.

How They Do It

Travel Journals: Student-Created Textbooks

Travel Journals: Student-Created Textbooks

Each student at Normal Park Museum Magnet School creates a unique “travel journal” to explore the themes of science and social studies units.

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Using Exhibits as Assessment

Using Exhibits as Assessment

Students at Normal Park Museum Magnet School create various types of museum-style exhibits to demonstrate their understanding of academic topics.

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Learning Expeditions: Rethinking Field Trips

Learning Expeditions: Rethinking Field Trips

For Normal Park students, the entire community of Chattanooga, Tennessee -- from museums and cultural centers to local businesses and natural areas -- provides opportunities to make real-world connections to curriculum.

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