Giving All of Our Students the Chance to Exceed Great Expectations
You have options!
Families living in the Nashville metropolitan area have more than 160 public schools available to them in their neighborhoods and nearby communities.
Metro Schools offer a wide variety of unique academic programs, supports, and extracurricular activities in locations that span the city so that every student has access to the tools they need to be successful. And, our Metro Nashville Public Schools have the infrastructure and resources to offer a wide variety of programs for your student.
You may spend significant time researching to find the right school, or the right programs for your child, and we are here to help. Partnering with you and your family, we strive to provide your child with the educational experience they need in order to graduate prepared to be successful in college, the professional world, and in life.
2021-2022 Optional Schools Application information
The Optional Schools Application will be available on Monday, January 25, 2021 on the Apply webpage.
Download the Optional Schools calendar for important dates, deadlines and information.
New to the District or Switching Schools Now?
We are accepting the 2020-21 Optional Schools application from students who are new to MNPS or currently enrolled in an MNPS school but would like to apply to a charter school that participates in the optional school application process.
Families must complete a 2020-21 Optional School application and either mail it in, or hand deliver the paper form, to the MNPS Family information center upon completion.
To download the application form, visit our Apply page.
The testing requirement was altered in 2017-2018 to allow students multiple opportunities to meet testing requirements. This change was made due to significant changes in the Tennessee academic standards and the introduction of new district assessments that provide national normative data. Parents will be given a report indicating whether their child met the testing requirement. This report will include all relevant test scores.
Meigs Middle School (grades 5-8)
M. L. King Junior High School (grades 7-12)
Hume-Fogg High School (grades 9-12)
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Nashville Education Facts
School Options for Nashville Students
PUBLIC ZONED NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOL
All children are zoned to a neighborhood public school and are guaranteed a seat in that school. But there are other options for parents in Davidson County.
PUBLIC MAGNET SCHOOL
A magnet school is a public school that offers specialized curricula and programs not available in traditional neighborhood zoned schools. Magnets are designed to attract students with a common interest or skillset, and students must apply and be accepted to enroll. Magnets are publicly funded schools.
PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL
Charter schools are independently run public schools that have increased flexibility in exchange for greater accountability. If a public charter school receives more applications than they have open seats, students are accepted based on a lottery. Charters are publicly funded schools.
Private schools do not receive money from the state, so they fund operations by charging tuition. Many private schools offer some form of financial aid. They’re typically run by an independent body (like a school board or the Catholic Diocese). Because they’re exempt from direct state oversight and testing, they have the freedom to choose their own standards and educational approach.Nashville Education Facts School Options for Nashville Students PUBLIC ZONED NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOL All children are zoned to a neighborhood public school and are guaranteed a seat in that ]]>