TOPS was launched in 2012 by Bristol TN City Schools after the state passed the legislation which allowed school systems to create their own statwide virtual schools. A leader in the state in distance learning and online learning since 2007, BTCS was in a prime position to have a virtual school. In its first year, TOPS had 40 students in the fall semester and grew to 92 by the end of the year. The first graduating class had three seniors. In 2015, TOPS has over 200 students and will have a graduating class of 40 students.