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Nashville School of the Arts

1250 Foster Av, Nashville, TN 37210
(615) 291-6600

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 717 students 20 students/teacher (TN avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade


Gateway/End-of-Course (GT/EOC)

In 2011-2012 Tennessee used the Gateway/End-of-Course (EOC) exams to test high school students in language arts, math, science and social studies upon completion of relevant courses. This year they introduced two new exams in algebra II and English III. Students must pass the algebra I, English II and biology I tests, called the Gateway exams, in order to graduate. The Gateway/EOC exams are standards-based tests that measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
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About this school

Nashville School of the Arts is a public high school in Nashville. The principal of Nashville School of the Arts is Robert Wilson, whose e-mail is 717 students go to Nashville School of the Arts and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 30% of the 717 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Nashville School of the Arts is 20:1. Jesus Only Academy is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish


  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 59% 33%
Hispanic 4% 15%
Black, non-Hispanic 36% 48%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Asian 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.2%
Multiracial 0.1% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 30% 65%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    NSA is a smaller atmosphere with smaller teacher student ratio but this school has more flaws than the larger schools . It is true that there is no bullying and gangs but most of the flaws lie within the administration not the students. NO ONE promoted academics until the new principal showed up . The dance teachers allowed students that failed all their academic classes to be in all the shows . In other schools that offer sports if you don t make the grade you don t play but at NSA if you blow off your academics you can be the star and be rewarded.. Teachers are very unprofessional and talk against the new principal to the students. Yes It is a ART school and you should promote the arts but MNPS states that if you don t pass your academic classes in a magnet school you will be sent back to your zoned school. Well not here if you dance pretty or draw pretty you can sell your self short in all the other areas. Also dance teachers are recruiting kids(From dance studios) out of Williamson and Wilson County teaching them how to lie and use other peoples addresses taking spots away from Davidson County residents.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is absolutely amazing. The students are so different from each other that no one really gets bullied. The teachers try really hard to teach us well and work with us 1 on 1. The administration is great. Everyone enjoys coming to work/school because the environment is so welcoming. You walk in and you feel like you're at home. The academics are just as good as you'd get at other schools. For the people who said their kids didn't do well because the teacher's didn't teach well...that's just incorrect. Maybe it's because the kid was slacking in class because I know these teachers work with every student to make sure they learn. Also in the beginning of the year they always tell you that after-school practices run late into the evening. If you don't like it maybe you shouldn't be at an arts school because if you really loved your art you wouldn't mind staying late. It's just like if you're at college for your have to practice WAY more than you would here. If you don't like it don't go to this school. Just saying.

  • (1 year ago)

    If you are conservative at all do NOT send your child here! It is extremely LIBERAL in all ways and has changed who my daughter has become. They also put alot of emphasis on the arts and extra time after school is expected out of the kids. There were several times my daughter was still there at 10 30-11 00 at night for rehearsal. Some times the teacher even ask them to be there at 5 30 in the morning for extra training. And guess what? She didn't get one scholarship award to help out with college (like they boast about at the welcome meeting). They do not have ball teams there so if your child wants to play sports you have to go to another school and try to get on the team???? whatever...I will NOT send my other daughter there and wish that I knew more about how the school really was before I let my child go there.

  • (1 year ago)

    While I wouldn t choose the wording the previous parent used I do agree that this school is unsatisfactory. My child attended this school year and we discovered a very poor learning environment. Artistic kids can be quirky sometimes. They come with all different learning styles. I believe most of the teachers do care about the kids but have their hands tied down by the current administration s drive to compete with Academic magnet schools. I would love to see a true Arts school in our city one that takes the artistic student where they are and develops them into a well educated individual. Unfortunately we discovered that those that don t make the grade get booted to the street often rejecting the quirky kid like so many others before them. The new administration has an agenda to look good at the expense of our children.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school absolutely sucks. The teachers don't care the administration doesn't care. Rampant drugs and sex. Metro Nashville schools stink.

  • (1 year ago)

    i would have been an 2013 graduate from NSA had i not moved to Colorado. But i have to comment on the school from a students point of view. i loved this schooL! i wouldn't have gone anywhere else had i been given the choice. i was a music major and all the teachers at NSA honestly are some of the best they could find! teachers try to get o know their students and its a very homey environment. its a small school so everyone knows everyone. we didn't have many fights at all. the student environment is so much funn and everyone fits in somewhere! like all high schools NSA has its problems. not with bullying or fighting but drugs were present at the school. not nearly as bad as the reputation would have you believe but everyone knew they were there. just this 2012-2013 school year with our new administration they really cracked down on drugs at the school. but there is no need to worry. NSA requires alot of self discipline. you are at that school because you want to excel in your art and you want to be there. there are a thousand other students very willing to tae your place at the school and you'd be mindful to remember that. GREATEST SCHOOL ON THE PLANET! D

  • (2 years ago)

    My son is a 2010 graduate and is now at belmont with a scholarship. Many people say this school doesnt prepare you with a good education but that is wrong. Its all about applying yourself. If you are willing to work put in the time and try your hardest you will be able to have fun and get a good education. I highly recommend this school

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a mother of a Junior who has attended this school since 9th grade. Overall I think this is a great school but I would advise any parent whose student may attend NSA to check there work and to make sure they are on target. I do feel like the students sometime get away with things due to their artistic ability. My student is an honor student and takes AP classes but I monitor all of her grades. They have to stay focus due to all the activities that go on! Principal Bob is a great principal and Ms. Williams is a wonderful Assistant Principal she is always there to help!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    This school provides an excellent education while focusing on the students' creativity and artistic expression in all areas of the arts.

  • (4 years ago)

    I spent all four years of high school at NSA graduating in May 2008. Having somehow miraculously managed to matriculate into a top-tier university in the Northeast I am actually somewhat scandalized at how poor my secondary education really was. At the time I thought that I was simply a bright student receiving consistently top scores in my courses however I know see that my courses were largely overly simplistic and did not at all prepare me for the rigors of higher education. I currently struggle inordinately in my studies compared to my fellow students (who largely attended elite New England preparatory academies). I would discourage any college-bound student from attending this school and to instead look into Hume-Fogg MLK and similar private schools regardless of income (one thing that I wish I knew then is that these institutions often offer financial aid).

  • (5 years ago)

    NSA is as Principal boB says 'the greatest school on the planet'. The school is small and teachers know kids. The teacher willingly work with kids and parents and there is a weekly conference for parents to take advantage of with any or all of a student's teachers. They offer AP and Honors classes and some of the finest arts teachers in the MNPS system. If your child is an art 'geek' in any discipline NSA will be a great home for them.

  • (5 years ago)

    We are the most diverse school in Nashville. Our students are artistic individualists with caring souls.

  • (5 years ago)

    the writer of the post of december 7 2008 is apparently under the impression that education is given to people by their teachers and not sought for the student himself or herself. i would imagine his or her complaint on the day after report cards would be 'why did you give me this grade!' when in reality he or she earned it. i graduated from NSA in 2006 and while i will admit that algebra is not my best subject the academics at NSA are just fine. as is true with any other experience you get what you put in it. the difference between this school and others is that NSA gives the students the opportunity to invest themselves in the arts.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school was the best high school i ever went to. I unfotunately had to move in my sophomore year. But trust me you will love this school and everyone in it.

  • (5 years ago)

    Anyone who is considering going to this school please do. I'm graduating in May and I've been at NSA for the entire time I've been in high school. It's been the best experience of my life. I'll miss NSA with all my heart. We have some amazing teachers. The feeling of openness and family-like affection for one-another is awesome. Generally the people who dislike NSA are just people who like to complain.

  • (6 years ago)

    I will never be able to forgive my teachers for my horrible education. I'm a graduating senior who is at an Algebra I math level. For all those parents and kids out there who like me have a choice between NSA and Hume Fogg choose HFA.

  • (6 years ago)

    I'm graduating this May and honestly I was able to coast by on what I learned in middle school at MLK. My arts courses were generally good however my academics were the opposite. Academically I learned nothing outside of English French History Government Economics and Biology. The rest was pointless. Biology isn't even good anymore since Miss Williams left. This school is a joke academically. My diploma won't even be worth the paper it's written on.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have been very displeased by the school over all. The teachers have been the bigggest disappointment. I must admit there are a lot of gifted students but the teachers we have experienced would not rate average (with the exception of a few).

  • (7 years ago)

    The arts program especially the ballet classes and theater-media classes are really great. NSA has a lot of talented children. The academics for incoming freshmen is really tough. It is definitely a big adjustment going from middle to high school. Over-all it has been a good experience.

  • (7 years ago)

    The teachers at NSA incorporates academics and art in a way that is best describe as a Harmonious Relationship. The array of arts that are brought to the school and taught by the teachers at the school are remarkable. The commitment that is shown to the students beginning with the leadership staff Principal boB and Ms. Williams and trickling down is Wonderful. NSA has the same activities available to the students as any other school accept it is unique in incorporating the arts in that dynamic. My son is a upcoming sophomore at NSA and the support I've received in helping him to transition from middle school to high school as well as the transition for myself was beyond my expectations and so appreciated. The parents as a whole are supportive of all the children and each other. I could't ask for a better school for my child to attend.

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