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about bible in the schools - SINCE 1922

Bible History elective classes in the public schools are an opportunity for students to have a viewpoint neutral, foundational study – at no cost to taxpayers – of one of the cornerstone texts of world history, which helps students become culturally literate and better equipped to thrive and contribute to a global world.

  • In Our 98th year - Bible History elective courses have been a gift from the community to public school youth since 1922. Charitable donations to Bible in the schools cover the complete costs of running a Bible History elective course program for middle and high school students in Hamilton County, Tennessee. For the 2019-2020 academic year, Bible History elective courses will be offered in 26 schools and are available to students in grades 6-12.
  • 4,536 Students - 4,536 students completed Bible History elective courses during the 2018-2019 academic year. This is an increase of 12% over the previous year. The most current enrollment data from Hamilton County Schools projects over 4,900 students will complete Bible History courses this 2019-2020 school year.
  • No Tax DollarsBible History classes are funded in entirety by the generosity of the community through voluntary charitable contributions. Annually, Hamilton County Schools and participating Charter Schools are reimbursed for the complete costs of the program. 
  • Court ApprovedIn 1980, a federal court affirmed that teaching the Bible in public school is constitutionally permissible. The curriculum is court approved and meets legal requirements. The federal Judge affirmed the Bible will be the textbook.

  • 24 Teachers - 24 highly credentialed teachers are selected and hired by school principals. Instructional leadership and administrative oversight of all teachers is conducted by Hamilton County School's Bible History Program Coordinator, Dr. Matt Johnson (johnson_matthew@hcde.org).  These individuals bring strong pedagogy to Hamilton County Schools and collectively hold 60   degrees. All are funded by charitable donations to Bible in the Schools.



24 bible history teachers in hamilton county PUBLIC schools

All Hamilton County Bible History teachers are required to be certified by the State of Tennessee. They are college/university trained educators who also hold a minimum of 12 official college-level Bible content credit hours. All courses are required to be direct studies of books of the Bible. The 24 teachers for the 2019-2020 academic year, including the Bible History Program Coordinator, are strongly credentialed and collectively hold 60 degrees. Over 50% of the teachers hold a graduate degree in a Bible-related discipline.


26 PUBLIC schools offering bible history electives


85% of all Hamilton County public middle and high school students have access to Bible History electives. 

Graph based on enrollment reported from Hamilton County Schools.



2018-2019 Pre/Post Test Averages Reflect 127% Increase in Bible Content Knowledge County-Wide


  • Observable Change - Teachers report observable changes in student attitude, behavior, and outlook as a result of taking a Bible History course. 

  • Courses Offered - Courses are academically rigorous, for-credit, and are voluntary electives. Courses offered:
    1. Genesis - 6th Grade
    2. Exodus - 7th Grade
    3. Life of Jesus - 8th Grade (Based on book of Luke)
    4. Old Testament Survey - 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grade
    5. New Testament Survey - 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grade

  • Bible as Textbook - The textbook used is the Bible.