The APEX Bus Tour: Coming to a stop near you!

The Action Plan for Educational eXcellence (or APEX Project) is driven by YOU!  The APEX survey closed for submissions on November 20. But here’s the next phase to add your voice to the Action Plan for Educational eXcellence (APEX Project)!
Our research and policy team has analyzed the thousands of survey responses we received from August through November, in which community members identified issues of inequity across the Hamilton County public school system and envisioned solutions to those problems. The most common issues and solutions have been analyzed from our community’s input, and 25 themes have been identified. Now it’s time for you – every member of our community – to prioritize which of these issues need to be acted on most urgently by our:
  • Elected officials
  • Hamilton County Dept. of Education central office administration
  • Schools
  • Community members
  • Community organizations
Each of these categories is explained through an interactive exhibit outfitted in a school bus, coming your way soon! The APEX Bus Tour is heading across Hamilton County – stopping at grocery stores, recreation centers, churches, athletic centers, and more – and asking you to vote on your top priorities. The most popular themes identified by the community will be be researched to identify the best solutions proven to work in schools across the country to solve similar issues.
These solutions will be the  Action Plan for Educational Excellence policy platform, to be released in February 2018. 
Be on the lookout for the little red “The Passage” bus and come share your priorities with our team!

Bus Tour Schedule

More December stops to be announced each day, plus more dates to be announced soon for January 2018! 
Let us bring the APEX Bus Tour to you!
Contact us to bring The Passage bus to your community group, business, venue, or any other place your community gathers!
(Let’s schedule it! Contact us at or(423) 991-7790. Limited dates available in Mid-December and Mid-January.)
Wednesday, December 13
10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Lookout Valley Middle/High School (350 Lookout High St., Chattanooga)
5:00 – 8:00 p.m. – The Commons (2000 Union Ave., Chattanooga)
Thursday, December 14
10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Ooltewah High School (6123 Mountain View Rd., Ooltewah)
5:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Tyner Recreation Center (6900 Ty Hi Dr., Chattanooga)
Friday, December 15
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Northside Neighborhood House (9358 Dayton Pike, Soddy Daisy)
Saturday, December 16
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. – Brainerd Recreation Center (1010 N Moore Rd., Chattanooga)
12:30 – 6:00 p.m. – Tennessee Aquarium (1 Broad St., Chattanooga – Horseshoe loop at end of Broad St.)
Monday, December 18
11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences (865 E 3rd St., Chattanooga)
5:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Food City (5604 Hixson Pike, Hixson)
Tuesday, December 19
5:00-8:00 p.m. – Shepherd Recreation Center (2124 Shepherd Rd., Chattanooga)
Thursday, December 21
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Waterhouse Pavilion / Miller Plaza (850 Market St., Chattanooga)
5:00 – 8:00 p.m. – East Lake Recreation Center (3601 Dodds Ave., Chattanooga)

More ways to be involved with the Action Plan for Educational eXcellence

Attend a workshop
You can help build our community’s power to make change! We’re here to support you to affect the change you want to see in public education, and our trainings and workshops give you the skills and tools to organize within your network and neighborhood. Choose from workshops focused on equity, the history of education in Hamilton County, and field organizer training. Details & schedule >
Sign up here to be notified of upcoming volunteer opportunities with UnifiEd. (We need volunteers for the APEX Bus Tour in December and January!)