Carter High School is a public, coeducational college-preparatory grade 9-12 high school. It is located at 210 Carter School Road in the Strawberry Plains area of Knoxville. Strawberry Plains is an unincorporated community near the border of Knox and Jefferson counties. The school is in close proximity of Interstate 40 and Asheville Highway.
Carter High School originally opened in 1915. The school’s current building opened in 1973 and is on a campus adjacent to the original location. Carter is attended by approximately 1,050 students. Its feeder middle schools are Carter and Holston. Carter is a comprehensive high school. The school offers several Advanced Placement courses. Offered foreign languages include Spanish, French and German.
The school also offers numerous vocational courses in career areas ranging from family consumer science and health science to technology engineering and marketing education. Unique to Carter is its Senior Project class. Attended by six to eight seniors, the class essentially functions as the school’s public relations agency. Students produce newsletters for parents and material for media outlets, and create promotional videos that appear on the school’s Web site and in Carter’s in-school video system.
Carter’s Business Academy offers classes designed to prepare students for careers in business as well as preparation for collegiate business programs. There are opportunities for job shadowing with local businesses such as KUB and ImagePoint. The Business Academy is funded through a $35,000 federal grant.
Carter also has a Freshman Academy designed to help students reach their potential during their transition from middle school to high school. The program was launched in 2006.
Carter students participate in sports including baseball, basketball, cheerleading, football, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. Carter’s football team was the Region 1-AAA champ in 2005, 2006 and 2007.
The school mascot is the hornet.