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Head of School Welcome


Welcome to Boyd Buchanan School and thank you for taking the time to visit us as you consider BBS for your child’s education. As a parent, you have the responsibility of choosing a school to partner with you in raising your child and we recognize the gravity of that decision.

For 70 years, God has blessed Boyd Buchanan School as we hold true to our mission of offering a loving, Christ-centered environment fully nurturing the spiritual, intellectual, social, and physical potential of each student. Boyd Buchanan is a rare & special place for students to walk with the Lord and embrace life’s challenges with joy, courage, and wisdom.

Our purpose is to not merely to inform students but work in partnership with families and most of all, the Lord, to help transform them into the likeness of Christ.

We offer a distinctively Christian education that sets us apart from other independent or public schools. Our goal is for every child to know and be known, investing in our students and creating an environment that promotes truth, ignites a passion for learning, and develops a heart for serving others. These unique differences explain why our students consistently go on to attend the best colleges and universities, taking with them a spiritual framework that is foundational as they move forward in life.

I invite you to explore our website and visit our campus to see our students and faculty in action. They are remarkable and can tell you in their own eloquent words why BBS means so much to them. I hope I have the opportunity to meet you soon.

Look at the remarkable love the Father has given us, that we should be called God's children. I John 3:1


Trusting God to use our efforts for His glory,

Dr. Jill Hartness
President and Head of School


Jill Clevenger Hartness, a Chattanooga native, is in her 10th year as Head of School at Boyd Buchanan. Dr. Hartness holds degrees from Lipscomb University, the University of Tennessee, and Abilene Christian University as well as a certification in Conflict Management and residency in Mediation. She served as a BBS Trustee for 5 years and an officer of the board for 3 years. She was honored as the Boyd Buchanan School Distinguished Alumnus of 2010. 

President Hartness serves as the Board Chair of the National Christian School Association, on the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Association of Independent Schools and locally on the Synovus Advisory Board and the Board of Bible in the Schools. Dr. Hartness is an accreditation chair for the Southern Association of Independent Schools and a 2017 graduate of Leadership Chattanooga.

Jill is married to Jeb, a 1988 BBS graduate and they have two children, Grayson (’14) & May (’17).