Hardin Valley Academy is Knoxville’s newest high school. Home of the Hawks, the $50 million school opened its doors in August 2008. It is the first new high school to be built by Knox County Schools in 40 years — since South Doyle High School opened in 1968. The school was built to lessen crowding at Farragut, Bearden and Karns high schools.
Hardin Valley Academy is located in the developing Hardin Valley community in West Knoxville. The state-of-the-art high school facility is situated on Hardin Valley Road right next door to Hardin Valley Elementary School and just a couple of miles from Pellissippi Parkway.
Hardin Valley Academy utilizes an academy or small learning community educational model. Students can pick an interest area and focus studies there. The four learning communities are health sciences; law, business and public affairs; liberal arts; and science, technology, engineering and math.
Hardin Valley is attended by approximately 1,200 students. Its feeder middle schools are Cedar Bluff, Farragut and Karns.
The 275,000 square foot school is home to 64 classrooms, a 2,100-seat gymnasium, an auditorium with high tech lighting and sound, a media center that can hold five classes at once, as well as a baseball diamond and football field.
Students from Hardin Valley compete in athletics such as baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, dance, football, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and volleyball. The school mascot is the hawk.