Magnet High School
At a Glance
- Serves grades 9-12
- Pearl-Cohn Cluster
- Open Enrollment
- Offers bus transportation
- Does not offer before or aftercare
- Community Achieves school
Welcome From the Principal
Welcome to Pearl Cohn High! I am honored to be the Executive Principal of Pearl Cohn; my goal is to continue the outstanding student support work being done in the classrooms, hallways, and administrative offices at Pearl. In addition, it is also my goal to engage our community in supporting our students as they strive to meet their academic, social emotional, and career and college goals.
At Pearl we know that high school is the spring board to our students’ adult lives. It is with great urgency and transparency that we work with parents, businesses, and the four neighboring colleges in ensuring successful pathways for our students. We have high expectations for our students and will help them achieve these expectations by offering dual enrollment, career certifications in our academies, and advanced placement courses. We offer authentic experiences beyond our classrooms and school walls. We are committed to supporting our students athletically and offer them enriching club experiences.
We know it takes a village to help students succeed and perhaps our greatest goal this year is to fully engage our families, our neighborhoods, and our surrounding communities. Students achieve more when they are supported by family and community partnerships, and when they view school as a place where they feel safe, cared for and supported. You can help us in our endeavors by providing input to our faculty and staff and be engaged in your child’s school experience and the Pearl Cohn Family. Come for parent and partner meetings, ask about our work, walk through our halls, plan with us and your child, and attend school events! Help us continue FIREBIRD PRIDE in all aspects of Pearl Cohn High!!
904 26th Avenue, North
Nashville, TN 37208 (map)
Executive Principal: Miriam Harrington
Academy Principal, Academy of Entertainment Management / Principal of Curriculum & Instruction and Data Analysis: Dr. Meghen Sanders
Freshmen Academy Principal: Dr. Gerlonda Fite
Academy Principal, Academy of Entertainment Communication: Dr. Ronald Wooding
Principal of Special Populations: Terry Cole
School Board Representative: Christiane Buggs
Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School, located near historic Jefferson Street in North Nashville, is the only entertainment magnet high school in the country, yet that’s only the beginning of what attracts our students and families.
Through our three Academies of Nashville, we work to equip all students to be citizens, scholars and leaders by engaging them through academics and creative career- and service-based learning experiences. And it shows: In 2015, Pearl-Cohn students earned more than $3.5 million in college scholarships, 81 percent of our graduates received college admissions and we increased our graduation rate by 15 percent.
Our Freshman Academy provides support and guidance to incoming students, ensuring they land on a pathway toward a future they’re excited to pursue. During sophomore year, students enter their area(s) of interest.
The Academy of Entertainment Communication includes pathways in Audio Engineering and Broadcasting. Students participating in this Academy have the opportunity to produce programs for both local and national television affiliates airing weekly and around the country in our state-of-the-art, $1.2 million recording studio.
The Academy of Entertainment Management includes pathways in Marketing Communication, Personal Care Services/Stylist and Image Consulting (Cosmetology) and the Recording Industry. In partnership with Warner Music Group, Pearl-Cohn is the first school in the nation to house a student-run recording label affiliated with a major recording label. Students have the opportunity to work with artists in phases including song creation, production and distribution.
Beyond our Academies programs, every student’s education at Pearl-Cohn also includes a core curriculum of math, English, science, and history, with advanced placement and honors courses offered in math, English, science and social studies.
There are so many extracurricular activities for our students to explore, it’s hard to cover them all. The ever-popular Pearl-Cohn marching band provides an outlet for students who wish to explore their musical talents. Other clubs include robotics, creative writing, debate/speech and radio/television. Our dynamic athletic program is well recognized, as well, with our 2015 football program bringing home the title of State 4A runner-up champions. We offer 12 additional TSSAA sports, including girls’ and boys’ soccer, wrestling and cheerleading/dance, to name a few.
7:05 a.m. - 2:05 p.m.
A Typical Day at School
Pearl-Cohn is on an A/B alternating block schedule with 75 minutes of instruction to maximize student learning through collaborative learning, technology integration, student-centered learning activities and problem-based learning.
In addition, students have a 45-minute advisory each day where teachers cultivate growth in students by focusing on social and emotional learning.
*Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet is an Arts360 school sponsored by the Tennessee Arts Commission.
Academies and Pathways
Pearl-Cohn 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. 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. The academies and pathways include the following.
Academy of Entertainment Industry
• Audio Production
• Audio/Visual Production
• Recording Industry
Academy of Health Science & Personal Care
• Personal Care & Imaging (Cosmetology)
• Therapeutic Services
School Details & Links
Philosophy: We believe that school prepares us for college, careers and life, and that professionalism is central to success. We believe that attention to detail in all parts of our lives will help us to realize and achieve our potential.
Please familiarize yourself with the Pearl-Cohn Dress Code Policy.
Parent Student Teacher Organization
Lawanda Page, PTSO president
Darlene Stephens, PTSO vice-president
Family Resource Center
Parent training classes
Social and Emotional Learning
Adult job readiness skills, e.g. resume writing
Enrichment and Remediation
Cheerleading / Dance
Track and Field
Bonus Tracks, Capitol Christian Music Group Partnership
Music Makes Us
National Honor Society
Debate, Speech, Spoken Word
Anime Book Club
More to Me
The Future program
Meharry Medical Health Club
Academy of Entertainment Communication
Audio Engineering Society
Belmont University Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business
International Bluegrass Music Association
Lenox Music Productions
Middle Tennessee State University Department of Recording Industry
Nashville Education, Community and Arts Television
Notes for Notes, Inc.
Tennessee State University Commercial Music Program
Tuned In Broadcasters
Academy of Entertainment Management
Ascend Federal Credit Union
Let's Make Up
Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum
Nashville Music Tech/ Digital Divas
Prime Focus LLC
Warner Music Nashville
Capitol Christian Music Group (Bonus Tracks)