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 you 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.

The school choice application process for the 2018-19 school year will look a little different than last year. The process will begin later than usual on January 10, 2018. The later start date will allow the district and school board time to finalize plans for MNPS Next and will allow families more time to apply before the random selection process. This change will benefit families and will allow more time for families to prepare for the application process. This change is also consistent with the recommendation from the School Choice Transition Team to “extend the application period for the school choice process." The deadline for families to apply for the random selection process this year is February 2, 2018 and the selection day results will be available Friday, February 23, 2018.

Please take notice of the application period beginning on January 10, 2018 and “Tour Tuesdays” beginning on January 9, 2018. If you have any questions please feel free to email schooloptions@mnps.org.

Testing Requirement changes

The testing requirement has been altered for the 2018-19 application period. This change has been 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 new testing requirement. This report will include all relevant test scores. The following schools have Academic Entrance Requirements:

  • Meigs Middle School (grades 5-8)
  • M. L. King Junior High School (grades 7-12)
  • Hume-Fogg High School (grades 9-12)
  • 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.

Optional School Application Booklet PDF: Arabic | English | Kurdish | Somali | Spanish