Nashville School of the Arts

 
Artist, Scholar, Individual

Artist, Scholar, Individual

At a Glance

  • Serves grades 9-12
  • No Cluster (magnet or specialty)
  • Open Enrollment
  • Offers bus transportation
  • Does not offer before or aftercare

Welcome From the Principal

Dr. Gregory Stewart Principal

Dr. Gregory Stewart
Principal

Welcome to the Nashville School of the Arts, where every student is an artist, scholar and individual. 

Every one of our students is an artist, whether in instrumental or vocal music, visual art, theatre, dance or literary arts. Every one of our students is a scholar, and NSA is rapidly becoming known for its strong academics as well as its stellar arts programs. Every one of our students is also an individual. You feel it from the minute you walk in the door. Six hundred unique young faces, and the best part is the respect and admiration that they carry for each other. 

We invite you to come for a performance or a tour and experience firsthand the artists, scholars and individuals of NSA. 

 

Contact Information

Address:
1250 Foster Avenue
Nashville, TN 37210 (map)

Office:
615-291-6600

Contact Emails:
Executive Principal: Dr. Gregory Stewart
Associate Principal: Randi Staggs
Dean of Students: Matthew Kilkenny
Counselor: Amy Moore
Counselor: Jesse Zabal
School Board Representative: Christiane Buggs


@NSA_Magnet
@NSA_Magnet

How to Enroll

There are nine unique arts conservatories for which applicants may audition: Dance, Music - Choral, Music - Band, Music - Strings, Music - Guitar, Music - Piano, Theatre Arts, Visual Arts, and Literary Arts.

For specific information about admissions and auditions, please see the "Helpful Downloads" section below.
 

School Description

The Nashville School of the Arts is a specialty high school serving talented arts students from across the school district. There are nine unique arts conservatories for which students may audition. These include Dance, Music-Choral, Music-Band, Music-Strings, Music-Guitar, Music-Piano, Theatre Arts, Visual Arts and Literary Arts. As artists, they practice and rehearse and edit, honing their craft over their four years in conservatories that immerse them in artistic excellence.

At NSA, we’re about more than just the arts; our school is also becoming known for its strong academics. Our percentage of students participating in Advanced Placement courses is third in the MNPS district, behind the two academic magnets. Our percentage of students passing the AP exams is only a few percentage points behind those academic magnets. And every year our seniors are offered millions of dollars in scholarships to attend not only nationally recognized arts programs, but prestigious institutions where our students train to become musicians, actors, painters, dancers and writers—and also doctors, lawyers, engineers and scientists. 

Our safe, creative atmosphere serves to enhance our school-wide focus on integration of arts and academics, while programs like NSA Presents works to further expand our students’ horizons. This popular program brings in well-known artists (such as Chip Esten and Chris Young) for an Inside the Actors Studio-style Q&A and student performances inspired by that artist’s work

 


School Hours

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


A Typical Day at School

  • Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays are 7-period days with 45-minute classes 
  • Wednesdays and Thursdays are block days with 90-minute block classes 
  • Daily advisory class for a variety of purposes, including Response to Intervention, Study Hall, Tutoring, Social/Emotional learning, Master Classes, Assemblies, Intramurals and Clubs (180 minutes/week)
 

School Details & Links

 

 

  • Friends of NSA (FNSA)
    President: Chel Rattray
  • Tutoring
  • Social and Emotional Learning 
  • Anti-bullying training and/or clubs 

Athletics: 

  • NSA has a cooperative agreement with MLK for athletics 

Extracurricular activities:

  • Anime Club
  • Art
  • Band
  • Book Club
  • Chess Club
  • Choir 
  • Creative Writing
  • Dance Club
  • Debate/Speech
  • Drama
  • Foreign Language Clubs 
  • Garden Club
  • Intramurals
  • Intramural Sports 
  • Math Club 
  • Music Makes Us 
  • National Honor Society
  • Newspaper
  • Outdoor Club
  • Photography
  • Poetry 
  • Recycling
  • Science Club
  • Student Government Association 
  • Video Game Club
  • Yearbook

  • Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt
  • Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt 
  • Leadership Music of Nashville
  • Belmont University
  • Community Spirit
  • DART
  • PG-13 Players
  • Youth Villages
  • Oasis Center
  • Nashville Shakespeare Festival
  • Cheekwood
  • Country Music Association
  • Frist Center for the Visual Arts
  • Metro Arts Commission
  • Nashville Alliance
  • Nashville Arts Magazine
  • Nashville Symphony
  • Oz Nashville
  • Tennessee Performing Arts Center
  • Tennessee Repertory Theater
  • The Recording Academy
  • Trevecca University 
  • Country Music Hall of Fame
  • Found Movement Group