The Clayton-Bradley STEM Academy held a ground-breaking ceremony in Maryville Friday.
The science, technology, engineering and math school will feature kindergarten through 12th grades.
Friday, the young students broke ground on the school. The campus is the first non-religious private school in Blount County, and it's the first private STEM school in Tennessee.
The school is currently accepting applications for kindergarten through sixth grade.
"We need more STEM educated students," said Donald Bruce. "The vast majority of the jobs that are being created today and into the future involve some STEM field. Whether that be high tech bio-engineering, or a simple computer-assisted technology on the assembly line."
The entire campus will be built in about four months. The school will open in July.