Clarksville Schools: Guide to CMCSS & Private Schools [2023]

Clarksville has many school options for students to attend, whether they're seeking a public school or higher education. Here are some of the schools and school districts in Clarksville, TN.

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Clarksville Schools: Guide to CMCSS & Private Schools [2023]

Posted by Gary Ashton on Thursday, November 17th, 2022 at 3:07pm.

Schools and School Districts in Clarksville

The city of Clarksville is located about 50 miles northwest of Downtown Nashville on the Tennessee-Kentucky border. Like with any move, people moving to Clarksville will want to know the educational options available here. One school district manages the public schools for all of Montgomery County, and there are also several nearby private schools, colleges, and universities. Here is a closer look at Clarksville schools and the local school district.

Clarksville-Montgomery County School System

Clarksville is the only major town in Montgomery County, making school zoning easy. There is one school district here: the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System (CMCSS). All students who live in homes near CMCSS schools more than 1.5 miles from their assigned school can use the district bus system. The district uses a bus tracker system with StopFinder, so parents can always know where their child's bus is located in real-time.

Finding public schools for any Clarksville or Montgomery County address is simple using their InfoFinder website, even for families that purchase Clarksville new construction homes that are technically outside city limits. Type in an address and zip code to obtain a list of zoned schools for that address.

CMCSS has 23 elementary schools, eight middle schools, and seven high schools. The district also operates the Moore Magnet STEM School, a Pre-K through Grade 5 elementary school that focuses heavily on STEM coursework. The district's K-12 Virtual School allows students to get a complete public school education, up through graduation, in a homeschool setting.

Each of the eight traditional high schools in Clarksville offers interest-driven academies for students interested in specific college tracks. For example, West Creek High School has academies for Law & Criminal Justice and Teaching & Learning, while Clarksville High School offers an academy focused on Business and Marketing. The district's Early Technical College allows students to work toward certification in specific industries while earning their high school diploma. The programs include Diesel Powered Machinery, IEMM, HVAC, Nursing, and Pharmacy Technology.

Clarksville Private Schools

Private Schools in Clarksville, TN

There are several notable private schools in Clarksville, TN:

  • Little Scholars Montessori
  • Clarksville Academy
  • Clarksville Christian School
  • Immaculate Conception School

Little Scholars Montessori accepts students as young as six weeks and offers a program that lasts through 5th grade. While Little Scholars uses the standard Montessori education method (self-guided learning, multi-age classrooms, peer mentorship), it also blends traditional educational curricula into the mix. It accepts a maximum of 91 students per year. The campus is in a neighborhood of Clarksville golf course homes nestled between the Clarksville Country Club and the Mason Rudolph Golf Course.

Clarksville Academy is a secular preparatory school accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The school was established in 1969 and accepts students from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. Parents usually receive an acceptance letter (or rejection) within a few days of sending in a completed application.

Clarksville Christian School is a private, Pre-K–Grade 12 Protestant Christian school with a student-to-teacher ratio of 11:1. The school offers college prep coursework, STEM courses, and more than two dozen sports teams for its 550 students.

The Immaculate Conception School is a private Catholic school serving kindergarten through 8th-grade students. The curriculum includes Religion, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Spanish, Family Life, Music, Art, and Computer Education.

Colleges and Universities near Clarksville

Austin Peay State University is the largest public university in Clarksville, with an annual enrollment of around 11,000 students. Its sprawling campus is near the Red River and Cumberland River confluence. Most of the attendees are undergraduates, and it has approximately 1,000 students in its post-graduate programs. Austin Peay is organized into six separate colleges and two schools, and the colleges and schools are divided among dozens of different departments and offices. The colleges and schools granting degrees are:

  • College of Arts & Letters
  • College of Behavioral & Health Sciences
  • College of Business
  • Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education
  • College of Graduate Studies
  • College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • School of Technology & Public Management at Fort Campbell

Nashville State Community College is another option to prepare local students for jobs in Clarksville and anywhere else. It has a Clarksville Campus that offers 15 associate degree programs and several technical certification programs. This school has a Teacher Residency Program in partnership with Austin Peay State University and the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System. The other associate degrees offered by the school include:

  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Healthcare Management
  • Hospitality Management
  • Industrial Process Control Technology
  • Paralegal Studies

Hussian College has a Clarksville campus primarily focused on healthcare-related trades. It offers associate degrees in Billing & Coding, Business Management, and Physical Therapy Assistant. Students can also earn a diploma in dental assisting and clinical medical assisting.

Great Schools & Great Opportunities in Clarksville, TN

With a small-town feel, Clarksville is a picturesque community with many parks and recreation opportunities. Residents are never far from the big city either, as it's just an hour's drive south for everything the Nashville area offers. In addition to Clarksville's cost of living, which is below the national average, potential residents are drawn to the variety of educational options, including public and private schools. Anyone considering the greater Nashville area should give Clarksville a good look!

If Clarksville is your top choice for a new home, contact The Ashton Real Estate Group of RE/MAX Advantage with Nashville's MLS at (615) 603-3602 to speak to a Clarksville real estate agent and get started finding your Clarksville dream home.

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