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Clayton-Bradley Academy Breaks Ground on New Educational Facility

Expansion will house new science labs, classroom, cafeteria and administrative offices at Tennessee’s first STEM school for upper school students

September 11, 2019

Maryville, Tenn., Sept 11, 2019 – Clayton-Bradley Academy, Tennessee’s first STEM school, broke ground on its final educational facility expansion. Local officials and community leaders joined in a groundbreaking celebration and ceremonial dig on September 11, 2019. The expansion will highlight a new 22,498 square foot facility, called the “Student Union Educational Building” built by Joseph Construction and designed by Johnson Architecture, Clayton’s valued partners, with new science labs, classrooms, educational technology, food services and other accommodations. The expansion also includes three new modular buildings constructed by Clayton, each housing two classrooms, and additional green space for students to enjoy the outdoors and encourage collaboration.

“At Clayton-Bradley Academy, our educational resources and collaborative campus are intentionally designed to create a student-centered, positive, and hands-on environment,” said Pat Bradley, Executive Director for the Clayton-Bradley Academy. “We are anticipating the Student Union Educational Building to be complete in the fall 2020 for our students and staff to enjoy these new facilities. As the school’s physical footprint expands, so does our ability to provide unique and rewarding learning experiences for even more future students.”

“Today is an exciting day as we officially break ground on this important final phase for Clayton-Bradley Academy,” said Kevin Clayton, CEO of Clayton and founding CBA board member. “We’re thrilled about the school’s expansion, providing another great school choice for parents, and most importantly creating a great learning environment to set up Pre-K through 12th graders for a successful future.”

“From our curriculum to our environment, every aspect of the student experience at Clayton-Bradley Academy is thoughtfully designed to ignite the power of learning,” said Mary Bogert, Vice Chair of Innovative Education Partnership. “Clayton-Bradley Academy’s vision is to reimagine education, and as part of that is its dedication to reimagining the spaces that foster learning and the innovative educational tools and curriculum we provide.”

Clayton-Bradley Academy, which is located in Maryville, was founded in 2013 to create an environment for children to embrace education and spark a passion for learning. Since then, the student body has grown to over 300 students spanning from pre-k to twelfth grade.


Clayton-Bradley Academy, founded in 2013, is committed to providing educational opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to prepare students for college and career. STEM education is driven by problem solving and discovery and places an emphasis on the process and design of solutions. At CBA, STEM is integrated with the arts and humanities in real-world projects and experiences. Its more than 300 students from Pre-K-12 explore the intersection of arts and technology to develop critical thinking skills and creativity. To learn more, visit