Nashville Big Picture High School

Pursuing our passions, to college and beyond

Pursuing our passions,

to college and beyond

At a Glance

  • Serves grades 9-12
  • Hillwood Cluster
  • Open Enrollment
  • Offers bus transportation
  • Does not offer before or aftercare

Welcome From the Principal

Chaerea Denning-Snorten Principal

Chaerea Denning-Snorten

Welcome to Nashville Big Picture High School! For more than 20 years, Big Picture Learning has worked to put students at the center of their own learning. Today, hundreds of Big Picture Learning schools in the United States and around the world work together and in their communities to reimagine and reshape education. Our students enjoy the creative, student-centered atmosphere and quickly become active members in our culture of kindness.

We welcome you and your student to learn more about our unique learning environment that cultivates compassion, helps strengthen our community and encourages students to pursue their passions.

Learn more about how our school works at or, better yet, schedule a visit and see our unique learning environment for yourself. 


Contact Information

160 Rural Avenue
Nashville, TN 37209 (map)


Contact Emails:
Executive Principal: Chaerea Denning-Snorten
Secretary/Bookkeeper: Kay White
Secretary/Clerk: Donna Spain
Counselor/LTI Coordinator: Courtney Ivy Davis
Counselor/LTI Coordinator: Bradley Wolf
School Board Representative: Amy Frogge



School Description

Nashville Big Picture High School is a dynamic learning environment based on three core principles: 

  1. We believe that learning must be based on the interest background and learning style of each student.
  2. We believe that a student’s curriculum must be relevant to people and places that exist in the real world and that these relationships are essential to success.
  3. We believe a student’s mastery must be authentically measured by the quality of her or his work. 

The Big Picture Learning experience builds upon Core Content and incorporates these foundational principles into a framework that helps our students discover how to learn. This framework is rooted in five Learning Goals:

  1. Empirical Reasoning: How do I prove it?
  2. Quantitative Reasoning: How do I measure, compare or represent it?
  3. Communication: How do I take in and express ideas?
  4. Social Reasoning: What are other people’s perspectives on this?
  5. Personal Qualities: What do I bring to this process?

Students’ learning experiences are enhanced as they explore and secure internships and other real-world experiences in the Nashville community. In addition, many students exceed the school’s course offerings by participating in dual enrollment with Nashville State Community College and Tennessee College of Applied Technology.


School Hours

8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

A Typical Day at School

Monday, Wednesday and Friday:

  • Morning: Content Area Workshops (45 minute blocks)
  • RTI or Special Workshops
  • Afternoon: Independent and Advisory Work Time

Tuesdays and Thursdays:

  • Internships


School Details & Links


Nashville Big Picture High School has been approved to opt out of standard school attire. However, a dress code is strictly enforced. Please review the NBPHS Dress Code Policy and familiarize yourself with the guidelines. 


  • Tutoring
  • Anti-bullying training and/or clubs
  • Restorative Justice


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Boys' Soccer
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Girls' Soccer
  • Girls' Softball
  • Girls' Volleyball
  • Golf
  • Wrestling
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field

Extracurricular activities:

  • Art
  • Astronomy
  • Band
  • Book Club
  • Chess Club
  • Creative Writing
  • Culinary
  • Garden Club
  • Intramurals
  • Photography
  • Poetry
  • Radio/Television
  • Student Government Association
  • Yearbook

  • Wang Vision Institute
  • Saint Thomas Hospital--West
  • Nashville Public Library
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes
  • Cupcake Collection
  • Nashville Humane Society
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Calvert Street Group
  • Pet Resorts of America
  • Shelby Bottoms Nature Center
  • West Nashville Law Offices
  • Juvenile Justice Center
  • American Red Cross
  • Centennial Medical Center
  • Tennessee State University
  • Goldthreate Tennis
  • Oasis Bike Shop
  • Harlow’s Salon
  • Lipscomb University
  • Pet Community Center
  • Star Therapy
  • Hatcher and Fell Photography
  • Frist Center for Visual Arts
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Smart Spaces, LLC
  • Pie Five
  • Northwest YMCA
  • Full Moon, Inc.
  • Trevecca University