Our school`s purpose is to change educational outcomes. Since 1971, West End Academy has helped thousands of children escape from educational disaster by offering 1:1, individualized instruction, and small class sizes.
Our mission is to reclaim success and opportunity for students who have encountered frustration and failure in their educational endeavors.
Education is not a one-size-fits-all approach and all students are individuals who have unique and specific needs.
Over the years, we have learned that students need one thing, a chance.
This chance is one to grow and thrive to become successful individuals in all aspects of life.
We strive to teach children academically and on the foundation of Christian principles, not only for today, but to give them hope for a future.
We desire to bring hope back to the student and their family, as well as provide a platform for the student to build a successful sense of self-worth.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked TN School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
  • Enrollment: 90 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $13,650
  • Acceptance rate: 90%
  • Average class size: 8 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

West End Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Tennessee for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Year Founded
1971
Summer School Offered
Yes

Student Body

Total Students
90 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
Students by Grade
West End Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
3 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
30:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
80%
Average Class Size
8 students
Number of AP Courses
3 courses
Advanced Courses
English, English Lit, Trigonometry
Average ACT score
20
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Grade school is $6500. We have tuition assistance available based on family need.
% on Financial Aid
20%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$3,500
Acceptance Rate
90%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Autumn VanDyke

School Notes

  •       Our school`s purpose is to change educational outcomes. Since 1971, West End Academy has helped thousands of children escape from educational disaster by offering 1:1, individualized instruction, and small class sizes. Our mission is to reclaim success and opportunity for students who have encountered frustration and failure in their educational endeavors. Education is not a one-size-fits-all approach and all students are individuals who have unique and specific needs. Over the years, we have learned that students need one thing, a chance. This chance is one to grow and thrive to become successful individuals in all aspects of life. We strive to teach children academically and on the foundation of Christian principles, not only for today, but to give them hope for a future. We desire to bring hope back to the student and their family, as well as provide a platform for the student to build a successful sense of self-worth.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does West End Academy cost?

West End Academy's tuition is approximately $13,650 for private students.

What is the acceptance rate of West End Academy?

The acceptance rate of West End Academy is 90%, which is higher than the national average of 86%.

What is West End Academy's ranking?

West End Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Tennessee for: Highest percentage of faculty with advanced degrees.

When is the application deadline for West End Academy?

The application deadline for West End Academy is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (4 reviews)
5  
I have been teaching at this school for 2 years now and am very impressed with the way Mrs. Autumn runs things. This is the kind of school you want your child to attend if you feel like no one is listening to you and your child is struggling with the traditional school setting. At West End, we truly strive to teach the student in a manner that best helps them to succeed. Not just with academics, but with life as well. I am proud to say that I teach here.
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5  
Our son transferred here from public school for his senior year. The teachers are incredibly encouraging, caring, approachable, and invested in wanting the absolute best for him. The class sizes are small and he has learned so much more than just academics. He has achieved such good grades and does so much more work daily than he ever accomplished in public school. It has been a perfect fit for him and in a couple of weeks will proudly be a West End Academy graduate.
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5  
1 star for nice staff and clean building. 0 stars for school curriculum.In 2017, the principal Mr. D - had a stroke and left the school. Parents were not informed. Teachers were not trained to teach older children. My child was taught incorrect information in math and grammar and now has to go back and learn the correct way. I am very disappointed in this school and wish I had never sent my child there.
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5  
Both my son and grandson attended this school. My son was suspended from high school and went to West End Academy instead. He had always had trouble fitting into school. He had good reason, actually, but he was very bright and just would not do the work. WEA was the only school he was successful at and it was the only school, he told me, where he respected the principal, Mr. David Dowling. Later, when my daughter was no longer able to homeschool my grandson (I believe about 7th grade) he started at WEA. He did very well there. He graduated a year early. He really enjoyed going there and was very fond of Mr. D as he is affectionately called by the students. The school is in a beautiful setting. It occupies a former home that was made into an administrative building and day care and the classrooms were built onto this building. There is a beautiful lake out in the front of the school which supplies ducks with a home in the spring. There are many beautiful trees on the property. It is also a very peaceful and restful setting which is great as a tool for some kids that need help with learning better behavior. I would recommend this school to anyone! David Dowling is a man of honesty and integrity and he loves children yet provides the discipline that they need to learn to succeed in this world.
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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked TN School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
  • Enrollment: 90 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $13,650
  • Acceptance rate: 90%
  • Average class size: 8 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Knoxville, TN is $7,247 for elementary schools and $8,011 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Knoxville, TN is 87% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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