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
  • Does not offer bus transportation
  • Does not offer before or aftercare

Welcome From the Principal

Dr. Gregory Stewart   Principal

Dr. Gregory Stewart

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. 

Audition Info: Spanish | Arabic | Kurdish

Dance Audition Info: Spanish | Arabic | Kurdish

Literary Arts Conservatory Audition Info: Spanish | Arabic | Kurdish

Music Conservatory Audition Info: Spanish | Arabic | Kurdish

NSA Audition Visual Art Audition Info: Spanish | Arabic | Kurdish

Theatre Arts Audition Info: Spanish | Arabic | Kurdish


Contact Information

1250 Foster Avenue
Nashville, TN 37210 (map)


Contact Emails:
Executive Principal: Dr. Gregory Stewart
Associate Principal: Randi Staggs
Associate Principal: Dr. Iris Olige
Counselor: Anthony Seal
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.


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

  • 8:00-9:00 – first period

  • 9:05 - 9:55– second period

  • 10:00-10:50 – third period

  • 10:55-12:15 – fourth period

  • 12:20-1:10 – fifth period (includes 34 minute lunch)

  • 1:15-2:05 – sixth period

  • 2:10- 3:00– seventh period

    All student schedules include two arts courses, five additional academic/elective courses, and one study hall. Wednesday and Thursday are block schedule day. Special daily schedules are utilized to incorporate club times, special assemblies, testing, and conservatory performances.


School Details & Links



  • Friends of NSA (FNSA)

  • Tutoring

  • Social and Emotional Learning

  • Anti-bullying training and/or clubs


  • 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

  • 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

  • Rocketown