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
  • Does not offer bus transportation
  • Does not offer before or aftercare
  • AdvancED Accredited School

Welcome From the Principal

Brenda Diaz   Principal

Brenda Diaz

Welcome to Nashville Big Picture High School! Since 2007, the Nashville Big Picture High School has existed to share with students how academics and the real world come together to impact learning experiences. The Big Picture model emphasizes students at the center of learning which engages and challenges the student including making learning authentic. Students experience learning through varied methods including workshops, projects, real-world internships, field trips and community service.

We have been recognized for student projects in our school district, students have obtained internship experiences with an assortment of community partners, students have highlighted their learning through quarterly exhibitions and we’ve had a our student Cassidy M. be Nashville’s Youth Poet Laureate! We are excited to be featured in Edutopia’s Schools That Work segments online at that can be viewed at  

I invite you and your family to learn more about our unique learning environment that encourages students to pursue their passions, cultivates student academic self-awareness, as well as helping to strengthen our community through service to others.  To visit our school during the School Choice timeline, please call our school at (615) 353-2081 ext. 142306 or email



Contact Information

160 Rural Avenue
Nashville, TN 37209 (map)


Contact Emails:
Executive Principal: Brenda Diaz
Secretary/Bookkeeper: Kay White
Secretary/Clerk: Donna Spain
Counselor/LTI Coordinator: Kelly D. Brown
Counselor/LTI Coordinator: Tamasa Pinkerton
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

7:55 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

  • The Parthenon

  • Essence Day Spa

  • St Thomas Hospital

  • Monell’s Restaurants

  • Lipscomb University

  • O’Charley’s

  • Nothing Bundt Cakes

  • Shoney’s

  • Publix

  • Walmart

  • Kroger

  • Moe’s Southwest Grill

  • Newk’s