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Report to the Board of Trustees in October 2018

Bright leadership reported to the Board of Trustees in October 2018 that the strategic plan approved in 2015 was 94 percent completed, as the school remained focused on addressing the numerous tangible goals of the plan. A major update of the plan is slated to be completed in 2019 to coincide and inform the school's accreditation process with the Southern Association of Independent Schools in 2020. A review of the strategic plan and the status of each goal's tactics is available for download and viewing in the link below.


In 2014, Bright School’s 101st year, the Board of Trustees embarked upon articulating a vision to begin the school’s next 100 years. Our new strategic plan is a result of that work, and in this plan one will find those steps the school will take to prepare a firm foundation for its future. The timeline for this plan is 2014-15 through 2018-19.

The plan takes into consideration new developments in technology, new opportunities for creating exciting learning environments, and new ways to manage our energy resources in a sustainable manner. While remaining true to those values and practices inherent in the school’s mission, proven and tested for over a century, the plan also looks to those opportunities the future has to offer.

At the center of this plan are the people who live the school’s mission in a variety of ways namely: students, teachers, staff, parents, alumni, and trustees. As a community dedicated to helping children learn, grow, and thrive, these people have all been a part of creating Bright School’s strategic plan. In the end, the plan sustains those beliefs that enable the people involved to contribute to a most worthy endeavor.

Four core strategies provide the focus for our investment of human and capital resources to achieve our goals over the next 3 -5 years. These objectives will be used by the Head of School to create an operating plan with specific initiatives to achieve our strategic objectives. 


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Programs are the heart of Bright School, designed to meet the needs of our students and develop “the whole child.” A rigorous, foundational curriculum, strong learning communities in each classroom, instructional support and enrichment, and special area offerings are cornerstones of Bright School programs, allowing us to be responsive to our external environment and create developmental opportunities for Bright School students.

Areas of emphasis include: 

  • Expansion of the Kilbride Enrichment Center services 
  • Strengthen early childhood program 
  • Strengthen special areas 
  • Bolster foreign language program 
  • Ensure continual curriculum cohesion 
  • Become a responsive classroom school 


Jana Evans in K classroom

The Bright School will cultivate and advance a culture that supports and develops students and faculty in accordance with its mission.

Areas of emphasis include:

  • Identify, recruit and retain best qualified students
  • Recruit, retain and reward best qualified faculty
  • Align governance structure and processes


Model classroom Mrs. Warren

Invest in the buildings and campus with a focus on providing value to the curriculum and attracting the best students and faculty. Enhance and maintain appearance, functionality, sustainability and efficiency of Bright School's plant assets.

Areas of emphasis include:

  • Refurbish learning environments to enhance educational experience
  • Enhance attractiveness of the school
  • Incorporate energy efficient and renewable energy improvements
  • Optimize plant maintenance
  • Maintain sound financial model for sustaining long-term needs

Pecuniary (Financial Resources)

Thank you 2016

Develop funding priorities to provide Bright School with secure and sustainable financial resources with which to support implementation of its strategic imperatives.

Areas of emphasis include:

  • Maintain sound financial performance
  • Increase financial aid

Solar Energy

Solar panels turned on

We flipped the switch to turn on Bright Power on April 20, 2016, during a commissioning ceremony for two solar panel arrays at the school. There are 100 monocrystalline solar panels that sit atop two roofs around the concourse and quadrangle area in the middle of the school. The arrays have the capacity to produce 30 kilowatts of energy, which is about 10 percent of what the school consumes a year. Through TVA’s Green Power Providers program, the school basically sells the energy it collects to TVA. The revenue generated in turn lowers the school’s energy costs.

With this project, Bright School joined a small number of elementary schools in the United States with solar panels. While the panels will help Bright reduce its carbon footprint and energy costs, the main purpose for the project is educating students.

“In 20 years, perhaps many elementary schools will have solar panels, but you will look back on this day and remember how Bright School was at the forefront,” Head of School O.J. Morgan told the fifth graders at the ceremony. “As leaders in the future, I want you to understand how to make good things happen.”

Click here to view solar power production. 

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