W.A. Bass Learning Center
At a Glance
- Serves grades 9-12
- Not Open Enrollment
- Offers bus transportation
- Does not offer before and aftercare
Welcome From the Principal
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.
5200 Delaware Avenue
Nashville, TN 37209 (map)
Executive Principal: Henry Johnson
Assistant Principal: Chandra Graham
Program Assistant: Albert Holloway
Transition Program Coordinator: LaTangela Freeman
ALC Guidance Counselor: Casundra Sharp
Transition and Adult High School Guidance Counselor: Carla Robinson
School Board Representative: Sharon Gentry
How to Enroll
Adult High School: The online application for the August 2018 session is now closed. The October 2018 online application will be available September 1. For more information about Bass Adult High School see Helpful Links below. If you have 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.
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.
8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
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.
- 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