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W.A. Bass Learning Center

My future. My way.

My future. My way.

At a Glance

  • Serves grades 9-12
  • Not Open Enrollment
  • Offers bus transportation
  • Does not offer before and aftercare

Welcome From the Principal

Henry Johnson   Principal

Henry Johnson

I’m honored to welcome you to the W.A. Bass Learning Center.

We are unique in that all of our programs are designed to assist students who have struggled in other academic settings. The entire faculty and staff are dedicated to helping this special population of learners experience the same success as their peers.

We offer three schools: Adult High School, Alternative High School and Transition School. Working with each of these nontraditional educational programs is both a challenge and an extreme honor. I welcome any questions you have about our unique learning community.


Contact Information

5200 Delaware Avenue
Nashville, TN 37209 (map)


Contact Emails:
Executive Principal: Henry Johnson
Assistant Principal: Shannon Crawford
Assistant Principal: Dr. Stephen Williams
Transition Program Coordinator: LaTangela Freeman
ALC Guidance Counselor: Dr. Casundra Sharp
Transition and Adult High School Guidance Counselor: Carla Robinson
School Board Representative: Sharon Gentry

How to Enroll

Adult High School Intake Process: We have a rolling admission process for Bass Adult High School during the regular school year. Please complete the online application below. You will be contacted by e-mail within a few days with enrollment details. (Please note there will be a processing delay if you apply during an MNPS school break). Bring all required documents to the school on the designated interview days each week. For more information about Bass Adult High School see “Helpful Links” below. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and live in Davidson County.

Apply to W.A. Bass Adult High School

If you have additional questions please e-mail Ms. Robinson.

Alternative Learning Center: Students are remanded to the ALC from their school of zone for inappropriate behavior.

Transition Program: Students are referred for interview for admission based upon their experiences either in DCS or the juvenile justice system.


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School Description

Our school houses three programs in one building: Adult High School, Alternative High School and Transition School. All programs serve nontraditional students who have had either past academic or behavioral problems. We offer unique, individualized learning from a staff who refuses to give up on any student, despite past problems. Our semi-annual job and career fair is a huge hit and continued success story every semester. We have 30-50 vendors and colleges that offer on-the-spot interviews and application assistance.

Our Alternative Learning Center offers high-school students the opportunity to continue learning during expulsion periods while also giving them the opportunity to make better choices. We are one of two options where students can spend their time as designated by the Discipline Committee. Extracurricular activities offered through W.A. Bass include Intramural Sports, Dance Club and a Video Game Club. Every student who has been expelled by Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools is encouraged to take advantage of this unique opportunity to recover lost academic status and practice making better decisions. 

In our Adult High School, students have flexible schedules that are tailored to meet the special needs of working adults. Our Transitions Program serves students in grades 9-12 and ages 14-18 who are returning from short-term incarceration, violated probation or pre-trial diversion and have been on probation for a year or less.

Bass Learning Center is proud of our parents, and we encourage all parents and guardians to be actively involved in their student's education. Parents may call the office (615-298-3278) at any time to discuss their student's behavior or academics. All of our parents are also encouraged to sign up for MNPS's Parent University and Gradespeed, as these programs are key to staying involved in your child's education.


School Hours

8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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A Typical Day at School

  • Alternative Learning Center: Eight classes per semester, meeting every other day for 90-minute periods. Advisory and intervention classes take place daily, and school clubs meet on Friday afternoons.

  • Adult High School: Classes meet daily, and students may work at their own pace using the A+ Credit Recovery Computer Program.

  • Transition Program: Five classes daily, including math, science and English. Other subjects are taught via A+ computerized instruction. Students meet weekly in groups to focus on improving social skills in addition to academics.


School Details & Links


Students must be in proper attire to attend school. Please review the W.A. Bass Learning Center Dress Code Policy and familiarize yourself with the guidelines. Parents are asked to monitor their child’s clothing to make certain they comply with the dress code. 


  • Tutoring

  • English Language classes

  • Business partners

  • Social and Emotional Learning

  • Anti-bullying training and/or clubs

  • Dance Club

  • Intramural Sports

  • Video Game Club

  • Goodwill Industries

  • Nashville Public Library

  • Vocational Rehabilitation

  • Express Pros

  • Youth For Christ

  • United Parcel Service

  • TN Technology Center

  • Nashville State Community College