Hillwood High School

  We ARE Hillwood!

We ARE Hillwood!

At a Glance

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

Welcome From the Principal

Welcome to Hillwood High School. At Hillwood, we celebrate the individual and collective strengths of our students, and we value student achievement across academics, the arts, and athletics. At Hillwood, our three academies have achieved national model status, and our students are recognized for success in and out of the classroom. Our students receive a positive and meaningful high school experience.

I have been serving the students of Metro Schools for over 20 years. I previously served as the executive principal at Oliver Middle School. Prior to these roles, I was an academy principal, academy coach, instructional coach, and classroom teacher. I am excited to be working with the students and families at Hillwood and look forward to a great 2018-19 school year! 

This year and I am joined by four talented academy principals, Ms. Celia Jolly, Mr. Ronald Sparkman, Dr. Danielle Holdren, and Mr. Todd Colicchio. Along with our highly trained and dedicated faculty and staff, we are honored to work with over 1,000 students and their families. If you would like to learn more about Hillwood High School, I personally invite you to take a tour and come see all that is taking place at Hillwood!


Contact Information

400 Davidson Road
Nashville, TN 37205 (map)


Contact Emails:
Executive Principal: Stephen Sheaffer
Academy Principal: Dr. Todd Colicchio
Academy Principal: Dr. Danielle Holdren
Academy Principal: Dr. Chirelle Jefferson
Academy Principal: Mr. Ron Sparkman
Curriculum Principal: Ms. Rhea Baker
Academy Coach: Mr. Trip Nicholson
School Board Representative: Amy Frogge




School Description

Hillwood High School has three career academies: Academy of Art, Design and Communications; the Academy of Business and Hospitality; and the Academy of Health Sciences, all of which have been designated by the National Career Academy Coalition as model programs. Hillwood was the first high school in the district to achieve this recognition. 

Students select the career academy in which they will participate in the 8th grade, but do not begin taking courses in the selected academy until their sophomore year. Within each academy, there are multiple pathways in which students are able to focus their studies. Additionally, we offer six nationally recognized industry certification opportunities.

Not only does Hillwood help its students become career ready, it also prepares them for college. Hillwood offers 19 Advanced Placement courses, the most of any zoned school in Nashville, as well as nine dual-credit/dual-enrollment opportunities. One of the reasons Hillwood students are so successful is because of our state-of-the-art facilities, including a newly remodeled culinary arts lab and library equipped with 3-D printer. 

Complementing our diverse academic offerings is a range of more than 15 extracurricular activities and 17 varsity sports. Hillwood is the only school in the district with a Basketball Pep Band, our cheerleaders qualified and competed in the national competition, and our band has played in the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade. 

Hillwood Freshman Orientation will take place on Thursday, August 3rd from 1:00-3:00pm. All freshman students and their families are invited to meet the Freshman Academy teachers, visit classrooms, and begin preparing for the new school year!


School Hours

7:05 a.m. - 2:05 p.m.

A Typical Day at School

  • Hillwood operates on an A/B Day Block schedule. 
  • Classes meet every other day for approximately 80 minutes, and students participate in a 30-minute Intervention or Enrichment period every day. 
  • All extracurricular activities meet during the enrichment time or after school on scheduled days.

School Details & Links


Shirts of any color with a collar.

No T-shirts, denim or hooded sweatshirts. 


  • Hillwood Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO)
  • Tutoring
  • English Language classes
  • Social and Emotional Learning


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

Extracurricular activities:

  • Anime Club
  • Art
  • Band
  • Best Buddies
  • Book Club
  • Cheerleading
  • Choir
  • Color Guard
  • Creative Writing
  • Culinary
  • Dance Club
  • Debate/Speech
  • Drama
  • FBLA
  • HOSA
  • Math Club
  • Music Makes Us
  • National Honor Society
  • Newspaper
  • Outdoor Club
  • Photography
  • Radio/Television
  • Recycling
  • Skills USA
  • Special Olympics
  • Student Government Association
  • Yearbook

Academy of Art, Design & Communications

  • Frist Center for the Visual Arts
  • HST Interior Elements, LLC
  • The Parthenon
  • Watkins College of Art, Design, & Film

Academy of Business & Hospitality

  • American Paper and Twine
  • Belle Meade Plantation
  • BELL Garden
  • Community Hospitality
  • Hillwood Country Club
  • Hilton Hotel Downtown Nashville
  • Holiday Inn Vanderbilt
  • Print-on-Demand

Academy of Health Sciences             

  • Belmont University School of Nursing
  • HCA
  • Metro Nashville Fire Department
  • Tennessee State University School of Health Sciences