A tradition of educational excellence and a broad commitment to public schools ensure that education is a major priority in Blount County. Students starting in pre-school can progress through vocational, technical training, certificate programs, or a two or four-year college degree without having to leave the area. Three separate public school systems offer a quality education to children in Blount County. Public education in Blount County offers quality instruction with low student-teacher ratios. Some of the finest schools in the state, and some of the highest SAT and ACT scores in the Southeast are found in Blount County schools. Private and parochial schools also serve the area.