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Residential Life

Students at TGA had the opportunity to live the scientific life in a community designed to inspire them to think differently and deeply about the world, while still providing the comfort and safety of a home environment.

Students lived and learned in four cottages on the 100 acre campus of the Tennessee School for the Deaf, in the Island Home neighborhood of Knoxville on the banks of the Tennessee River. Two cottages housed boys and two cottages housed girls, with twelve students in each cottage. Students lived in double-occupancy rooms, furnished with standard beds, desks, and dressers. Common space in each cottage included a living room, dining room, laundry room, and two apartments for housing staff. Additionally, each cottage included meeting space for courses offered at TGA.

TGA cottages were fully equipped with Internet connections – both wired and wireless – to allow students to move freely around the cottage as they worked.



Students outside one of the cottages