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

Dr. Stephen Sheaffer   Principal

Dr. Stephen Sheaffer

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: Dr. Stephen Sheaffer
Academy Principal: Dr. Todd Colicchio
Academy Principal: Dr. Danielle Holdren
Academy Principal: Celia Jolly
Academy Principal: Mr. Ron Sparkman
Academy Coach: Mrs. Mary York
Director of Campus and Community Marketing: Mr. Clifton M. Mitchell
School Board Representative: Amy Frogge




School Description

At Hillwood High School, students have the opportunity to develop both career and college readiness skills through the variety of programs offered.  Enrollment in career academies offers students the opportunity to work with local business partners, attend job shadows and internships and earn industry certifications. 

In addition to enrolling in one of Hillwood’s three career academies, students also have the opportunity take multiple advanced placement courses and dual enrollment courses.  These options give each student the opportunity to tailor a personalized learning plan to fit his or her needs.  The myriad of academic opportunities, coupled with a robust fine arts and athletics program provide students with an inclusive and supportive environment that challenges them to work to their full potential. 

We invite all interested families and students to visit Hillwood and see first-hand the many opportunities the school has to offer. To schedule a tour, please contact Mary York at mary.york@mnps.org.

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 75 minutes, and students participate in a 45-minute Intervention or Enrichment period every day.

  • All extracurricular activities meet during the enrichment time or after school on scheduled days.

Academies and Pathways

Hillwood is one of twelve high schools that make up the Academies of Nashville. Students have a choice of different academies offering a practical, hands-on approach to learning in fields that interest them ranging from engineering to healthcare. The Academies empower students through career exposure so they can make timely, informed decisions and discover their true passions while earning early college credit and nationally recognized industry certifications. General education content is taught through the lens of their academy while business and community partners provide authentic experiential learning opportunities at every level. The academies and pathways include the following:

Academy of Health Sciences

  • Diagnostic Services

  • Therapeutic Services

Academy of Art, Design, & Communication

  • Digital Arts & Design

  • Audio/Visual Production

  • Visual Arts

Academy of Business & Hospitality

  • Culinary Arts

  • Hospitality and Tourism Management

  • Music Arts


School Details & Links


Hillwood follows a relaxed dress code. 

Please refer to the dress code attachment in the Helpful Links section for details.


  • Hillwood Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO)

  • Tutoring

  • English Language classes

  • Social and Emotional Learning


  • Baseball

  • Basketball

  • 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

  • Nashville Education, Community, and Arts Television (NECAT)

  • HCA Marketing

  • Snapback Digital

Academy of Business & Hospitality

  • Holiday Inn Vanderbilt

  • Loveless Cafe

  • PDK Southern Kitchen

  • Gray Line Tours

Academy of Health Sciences             

  • Belmont University School of Nursing

  • HCA

  • Metro Nashville Fire Department

  • Tennessee State University School of Health Sciences

  • Medic One