Best Public Schools in Nashville, TN


The city of Nashville, Tennessee is home to 121 public schools, including 60 elementary schools, 30 middle schools, 27 high schools, and 4 alternative schools, all part of the Davidson County School District. The district is ranked 122 out of 140 districts in Tennessee and is rated 1 star out of 5 by SchoolDigger.

Several standout schools emerge from the data, including Valor Flagship Academy, a public charter high school that ranks 23 out of 384 Tennessee high schools and is rated 5 stars out of 5. Other high-performing schools include Martin Luther King Junior School, Hume-Fogg High, and Early College High School, all of which rank in the top 25 high schools in the state and earn 5-star ratings from SchoolDigger. At the elementary level, Glendale Elementary, Lockeland Elementary, and Julia Green Elementary stand out with exceptional test scores and 5-star ratings.

However, the data also reveals significant performance gaps between the highest-performing and lowest-performing schools in the district, with a correlation between student demographics and academic outcomes. Schools with higher percentages of white and Asian students tend to have stronger test scores, while those with more African American and Hispanic students generally struggle. Additionally, the public charter schools in the area, such as Valor Flagship Academy and KIPP Nashville Collegiate High School, outperform the traditional public schools, particularly in mathematics and English language arts.

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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Tennessee Department of Education.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMERS: Not all boundaries are included. We make every effort to ensure that boundaries are up-to-date. But it's important to note that these are approximations and are for general informational purposes only. To verify legal descriptions of boundaries or school locations, contact your local tax assessor's office and/or school district.

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