School Options

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.

Your child is unique and we are prepared to work with that. We at Metro Schools have the infrastructure and resources to accommodate any set of needs that your child might have. You will likely spend significant time searching for the right school, or the right programs for your child, and we are here to help! Partnering with you and your family, we will 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.

Important Dates:

  • Tour Tuesdays will begin January 14, 2020

  • The school choice process will begin in January 27, 2020

  • The deadline to apply for the random selection process is Feb. 14, 2020

Download the Optional Schools Calendar for 2020-21 for important dates, deadline and details.

If you have any questions please feel free to email

Testing Requirement changes

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)

  • Early College Program at Middle College High School (grade 9-12)

Step 1

Your first step is to explore your options. One of the most important decisions families make is where they send their children to school. With Metro Schools, our families have the choice of sending their children to neighborhood schools or other schools throughout the district. Living in the Nashville area, you have a wealth of resources at your fingertips, so it is very important that you be educated about those resources before you make any big decisions.

The button below provides more information about the Metro Schools that will be accepting external applications. We encourage you to spend time perusing this list!

Step 2

You are searching for the school that will be the perfect fit for your child. Once you have narrowed your search to just a handful of schools, we strongly recommend that you schedule visits to these schools so that you can evaluate them in-person. This will give you a valuable opportunity to explore the facets of each school that concern you, and ask questions. For more information on how school visits work, follow the link below!

Step 3

Once you know where you’d like your child to go to school, it’s time to submit an application. Through the link below, you will find everything you need to know about applying to a school in the Metro Schools system. The application will open in January or February 2020.