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9-12
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Nashville, TN
Students enrolled: 723

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1250 Foster Av
Nashville, TN 37210

(615) 291-6600
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November 24, 2014
This school is amazing My kids LOVE it. It is the best school they have ever gone to.

- submitted by a community member
November 09, 2014
this school is amazing and I love it. everyone is so nice and the teachers are awesome.

- submitted by a student
September 29, 2014
NSA was an amazing school when I attended. I graduated class of 2013 and I wouldn't change it for the world! I was in the music department and I fell in love with the experiences and everything I learned. There were so many amazing opportunities; I played at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center three times, the Grand Ole Opry two times, and so many other amazing places. As well as widening my range of musical taste and gaining experience points; I learned a lot from the academic teachers. If you apply yourself and ask the teachers for help they are always more than willing. Both academics and arts are amazing at this school if you make both a priority. Overall I love and miss this school, but NSA definitely prepare me for college and I'd love to thank all the teachers that helped me along the way. Oh an can't forget OT "oh wahwah oh wahwah"

- submitted by a community member
June 03, 2014
I work here and would not let my own child attend this school. The administration clearly has an agenda that does not have the childrens best interest at heart. They are constantly imposing new systems that haven't been tested or tried in other schools to the detriment of our children here. Our test scores have dropped drastically and the morale is terrible. We have lost just about the entire staff to either retirement or just going to another school. its said to see what this place has become.

- submitted by a teacher
April 28, 2014
As I have been considering a relocation to Nashville, it is Nashville School of Art that intrigues me most as a mother of a child with interest this school is geared towards. Your scores prove you are a great choice in education but your innovative ways into advancing education of todays student makes you stand out from all the rest.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2013
NSA is a smaller atmosphere with smaller teacher student ratio,but this school has more flaws than the larger schools . It is true that there is no bullying and gangs ,but most of the flaws lie within the administration ,not the students. NO ONE promoted academics until the new principal showed up . The dance teachers allowed students that failed all their academic classes to be in all the shows . In other schools that offer sports ,if you don t make the grade you don t play,but at NSA if you blow off your academics you can be the star and be rewarded.. Teachers are very unprofessional and talk against the new principal to the students. Yes, It is a ART school and you should promote the arts , but MNPS states that if you don t pass your academic classes in a magnet school you will be sent back to your zoned school. Well not here if you dance pretty or draw pretty you can sell your self short in all the other areas. Also dance teachers are recruiting kids(From dance studios) out of Williamson and Wilson County teaching them how to lie and use other peoples addresses ,taking spots away from Davidson County residents.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2013
This school is absolutely amazing. The students are so different from each other that no one really gets bullied. The teachers try really hard to teach us well and work with us 1 on 1. The administration is great. Everyone enjoys coming to work/school because the environment is so welcoming. You walk in and you feel like you're at home. The academics are just as good as you'd get at other schools. For the people who said their kids didn't do well because the teacher's didn't teach well...that's just incorrect. Maybe it's because the kid was slacking in class because I know these teachers work with every student to make sure they learn. Also, in the beginning of the year, they always tell you that after-school practices run late into the evening. If you don't like it, maybe you shouldn't be at an arts school because if you really loved your art, you wouldn't mind staying late. It's just like if you're at college for your art...you have to practice WAY more than you would here. If you don't like it, don't go to this school. Just saying.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2013
If you are conservative at all, do NOT send your child here! It is extremely LIBERAL in all ways and has changed who my daughter has become. They also put alot of emphasis on the arts and extra time after school is expected out of the kids. There were several times my daughter was still there at 10:30-11:00 at night for rehearsal. Some times the teacher even ask them to be there at 5:30 in the morning for extra training. And guess what? She didn't get one scholarship award to help out with college (like they boast about at the welcome meeting). They do not have ball teams there, so if your child wants to play sports, you have to go to another school and try to get on the team???? whatever...I will NOT send my other daughter there and wish that I knew more about how the school really was, before I let my child go there.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2013
While I wouldn t choose the wording the previous parent used, I do agree that this school is unsatisfactory. My child attended this school year and we discovered a very poor learning environment. Artistic kids can be quirky sometimes. They come with all different learning styles. I believe most of the teachers do care about the kids, but have their hands tied down by the current administration s drive to compete with Academic magnet schools. I would love to see a true Arts school in our city, one that takes the artistic student where they are and develops them into a well educated individual. Unfortunately we discovered that those that don t make the grade , get booted to the street, often rejecting the quirky kid like so many others before them. The new administration has an agenda to look good, at the expense of our children.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2013
This school absolutely sucks. The teachers don't care, the administration doesn't care. Rampant drugs and sex. Metro Nashville schools stink.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2013
i would have been an 2013 graduate from NSA, had i not moved to Colorado. But, i have to comment on the school, from a students point of view. i loved this schooL! i wouldn't have gone anywhere else, had i been given the choice. i was a music major, and all the teachers at NSA, honestly are some of the best they could find! teachers try to get o know their students, and its a very homey environment. its a small school, so everyone knows everyone. we didn't have many fights at all. the student environment is so much funn, and everyone fits in somewhere! like all high schools, NSA has its problems. not with bullying or fighting, but drugs were present at the school. not nearly as bad as the reputation would have you believe, but everyone knew they were there. just this 2012-2013 school year, with our new administration, they really cracked down on drugs at the school. but, there is no need to worry. NSA requires alot of self discipline. you are at that school because you want to excel in your art, and you want to be there. there are a thousand other students very willing to tae your place at the school, and you'd be mindful to remember that. GREATEST SCHOOL ON THE PLANET! :D

- submitted by a student
December 22, 2012
My son is a 2010 graduate and is now at belmont with a scholarship. Many people say this school doesnt prepare you with a good education but that is wrong. Its all about applying yourself. If you are willing to work, put in the time, and try your hardest you will be able to have fun and get a good education. I highly recommend this school

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2011
I am a mother of a Junior who has attended this school since 9th grade. Overall I think this is a great school but I would advise any parent whose student may attend NSA to check there work and to make sure they are on target. I do feel like the students sometime get away with things due to their artistic ability. My student is an honor student and takes AP classes but I monitor all of her grades. They have to stay focus due to all the activities that go on! Principal Bob is a great principal and Ms. Williams is a wonderful Assistant Principal, she is always there to help!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2010
This school provides an excellent education while focusing on the students' creativity and artistic expression in all areas of the arts.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2010
I spent all four years of high school at NSA, graduating in May 2008. Having somehow miraculously managed to matriculate into a top-tier university in the Northeast, I am actually somewhat scandalized at how poor my secondary education really was. At the time, I thought that I was simply a bright student, receiving consistently top scores in my courses, however, I know see that my courses were largely overly simplistic and did not at all prepare me for the rigors of higher education. I currently struggle inordinately in my studies compared to my fellow students (who largely attended elite New England preparatory academies). I would discourage any college-bound student from attending this school, and to instead look into Hume-Fogg, MLK, and similar private schools, regardless of income (one thing that I wish I knew then is that these institutions often offer financial aid).

- submitted by a student
November 18, 2009
NSA is, as Principal boB says, 'the greatest school on the planet'. The school is small and teachers know kids. The teacher willingly work with kids and parents and there is a weekly conference for parents to take advantage of with any or all of a student's teachers. They offer AP and Honors classes and some of the finest arts teachers in the MNPS system. If your child is an art 'geek' in any discipline NSA will be a great home for them.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
We are the most diverse school in Nashville. Our students are artistic individualists with caring souls.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 18, 2009
the writer of the post of december 7 2008 is apparently under the impression that education is given to people by their teachers and not sought for the student himself or herself. i would imagine his or her complaint on the day after report cards would be 'why did you give me this grade!' when in reality, he or she earned it. i graduated from NSA in 2006 and while i will admit that algebra is not my best subject, the academics at NSA are just fine. as is true with any other experience you get what you put in it. the difference between this school and others is that NSA gives the students the opportunity to invest themselves in the arts.

- submitted by a student
May 02, 2009
This school was the best high school i ever went to. I unfotunately had to move in my sophomore year. But trust me, you will love this school and everyone in it.

- submitted by a student
April 23, 2009
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- submitted by a student
February 04, 2009
Anyone who is considering going to this school, please do. I'm graduating in May and I've been at NSA for the entire time I've been in high school. It's been the best experience of my life. I'll miss NSA with all my heart. We have some amazing teachers. The feeling of openness and family-like affection for one-another is awesome. Generally the people who dislike NSA are just people who like to complain.

- submitted by a student
no rating December 07, 2008
I will never be able to forgive my teachers for my horrible education. I'm a graduating senior who is at an Algebra I math level. For all those parents and kids out there who, like me, have a choice between NSA and Hume Fogg, choose HFA.

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September 19, 2008
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August 01, 2008
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June 22, 2008
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May 19, 2008
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April 13, 2008
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- submitted by a student
March 16, 2008
I'm graduating this May, and honestly, I was able to coast by on what I learned in middle school at MLK. My arts courses were generally good, however, my academics were the opposite. Academically I learned nothing outside of English, French, History, Government, Economics, and Biology. The rest was pointless. Biology isn't even good anymore since Miss Williams left. This school is a joke academically. My diploma won't even be worth the paper it's written on.

- submitted by a student
February 20, 2008
I have been very displeased by the school over all. The teachers have been the bigggest disappointment. I must admit there are a lot of gifted students but the teachers we have experienced would not rate average (with the exception of a few).

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
June 02, 2007
The arts program especially the ballet classes and theater-media classes are really great. NSA has a lot of talented children. The academics for incoming freshmen is really tough. It is definitely a big adjustment going from middle to high school. Over-all it has been a good experience.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2007
The teachers at NSA incorporates academics and art in a way that is best describe as a Harmonious Relationship. The array of arts that are brought to the school and taught by the teachers at the school are remarkable. The commitment that is shown to the students beginning with the leadership staff Principal boB and Ms. Williams and trickling down is Wonderful. NSA has the same activities available to the students as any other school accept it is unique in incorporating the arts in that dynamic. My son is a upcoming sophomore at NSA and the support I've received in helping him to transition from middle school to high school as well as the transition for myself was beyond my expectations and so appreciated. The parents as a whole are supportive of all the children and each other. I could't ask for a better school for my child to attend.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2007
One of the highest and best arts schools. It is also has a high rating for college prep cirriculum.

- submitted by a teacher
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Nashville School Of The Arts
1250 Foster Av, Nashville, TN  37210
(615) 291-6600
Last modified Nashville School Of The Arts is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Nashville School Of The Arts Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top