Battle Academy for Teaching and Learning is a K-5 magnet school located in the heart of the Southside in downtown Chattanooga.The school was foundedin 2002 as a result of an unprecendented partnership that came together to articulate a vision and create an effective learning community for children who live downtown (zoned students) as well as for children of downtown working parents (magnet students). Members of the partnership include Hamilton County Department of Education, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, local city and county government, downtown developers, and private philanthropists. The partnership envisioned a learning community consistent with current school reform models based on scientfic research for educational design and best practices for teaching and learning.
Battle offers an innovative curriculum based on state standards and the belief that all children have a unique combination of intelligences to be honored and challenged to their maximum potential. The mission is to cultivate life long learners through rich and varied instruction, which focuses on the use of the multiple intelligences enabling students to become productive and respectful citizens. Teachers seek to sustain a safe and supportive learning community that affords all students multiple opportunities to be successful. The school was recognized as a Magnet School of Excellence by the Magnet Schools of America in 2006.
In November 2010, in collaboration with CreateHere, the school held it’s second annual fall festival, Battle Banzai – A Journey Through the Jungle on Main, featuring a performance of the children’s play Jungal Book by 3rd-5th graders. The success of this event is credited largely to sponsors who lend their names and financial support, underwriting the cost of equipment and activity rentals. Sponsors receive extended exposure through Battle’s media campaigns and promotional efforts. For a small monetary donation, or the donation of merchandise or services for the event’s silent auction, sponsors enjoy excellent exposure to an important target audience.
As a magnet school embracing the theme of multiple intelligences, everyone at Battle has witnessed the power of the arts to nurture the intelligences of their students as they learn alongside artists and explore the artistic processes through rigorous integrated instruction. Battle Banzai sponsorships assists the school in achieving their goals for student achievement and the creation of life-long learners.