Nashville School of the Arts
At a Glance
- Serves grades 9-12
- No Cluster (magnet or specialty)
- Open Enrollment
- Does not offer bus transportation
- Does not offer before or aftercare
Welcome From the 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.
1250 Foster Avenue
Nashville, TN 37210 (map)
Executive Principal: Dr. Gregory Stewart
Associate Principal: Randi Staggs
Associate Principal: Dr. Iris Olige
Counselor: Amy Edwards
Counselor: Will French
School Board Representative: Christiane Buggs
How to Enroll
There are nine unique arts conservatories for which applicants may audition for on Feb. 9: Dance, Music - Choral, Music - Band, Music - Strings, Music - Guitar, Music - Piano, Theatre Arts, Visual Arts, and Literary Arts.
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
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
A Typical Day at School
8:00-8:45 – first period
8:50-9:33 – second period
9:38-10:21 – third period
10:26-11:09 – fourth period
11:14-12:36 – fifth period (includes 34 minute lunch)
12:41-1:24 – sixth period
1:29-2:12 – seventh period
2:17-3:00 – eighth period
All student schedules include two arts courses, five additional academic/elective courses, and one study hall. Special daily schedules are utilized to incorporate club times, special assemblies, testing, and conservatory performances.
School Details & Links
Find additional information on www.nashvilleschoolofthearts.com
Friends of NSA (FNSA)
Social and Emotional Learning
Anti-bullying training and/or clubs
NSA has a cooperative agreement with MLK for athletics
Foreign Language Clubs
Music Makes Us
National Honor Society
Student Government Association
Video Game Club
Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt
Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt
Leadership Music of Nashville
Nashville Shakespeare Festival
Country Music Association
Frist Center for the Visual Arts
Metro Arts Commission
Nashville Arts Magazine
Tennessee Performing Arts Center
Tennessee Repertory Theater
The Recording Academy
Country Music Hall of Fame
Found Movement Group