The Best Schools Found in Nashville

If you're relocating to Nashville, Tennessee, it may be necessary to choose an area with great schools for your kids.

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The Best Schools Found in Nashville

Posted by Gary Ashton RE/MAX Advantage on Tuesday, June 18th, 2013 at 11:46am.

If you're relocating to Nashville, Tennessee, it may be necessary to choose an area with great schools for your kids. Whether you're looking for a top high school, middle school or elementary school, you'll find what you need in Nashville. After looking at test scores from area schools, Nashville schools rank near the top in every category when compared to other schools in Tennessee.

Best Elementary Schools

A few elementary schools make it to the top of the list as the highest rated in the state and in the city. They include:

  • Glendale Elementary School
  • Harpeth Valley Elementary School
  • Lockeland Elementary Design Center
  • Crieve Hall Elementary School
  • Julia Green Elementary School

All five of these schools are ranked above the rest in Nashville.

Best Middle Schools

Only two middle schools received the highest possible rating in Nashville with many receiving good ratings, but not the best. The top two middle schools in Nashville are Martin Luther King Junior Magnet and John T. Moore Middle School. Other schools considered as good choices include Rose Park Math/Science Middle Magnet and Head Middle Mathematics/Science Magnet.

Best High Schools

Nashville is home to the top rated high school in the entire state. Hume-Fogg Academic High school was ranked higher than any other choice throughout the state. Right behind it on the list is Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet at Pearl High School. The only other area high school to make the top ten in the state was Franklin High School, which is close to Nashville.

Many of the public and private schools throughout Nashville are above average. Those listed above, are more than just above average. These are some of the best schools found in the state. If you're relocating and a top school matters, choose a neighborhood served by one of the schools listed above.

Moving to a new home requires parents to look at many things, including the schools. Williamson County Schools are the top in all of Tennessee. Both Brentwood and Franklin feature some of the best elementary schools in Nashville, according to the TCAP scores, which test Math, Science, Social Studies and Reading. All of the schools found in Williamson County receive an "A" grade from the Tennessee Department of Education.

Top Five Elementary Schools Based on TCAP Scores

  • W.P. Scales Elementary School - 300
  • Crockett Elementary School - 294
  • Sunset Elementary School - 289
  • Walnut Grove Elementary School - 289
  • David Lipscomb Elementary School - 288

Top Five Middle Schools Based on TCAP Scores

  • Brentwood Middle School - 300
  • Woodland Middle School - 278
  • Grassland Middle School - 276
  • Poplar Grove Middle School - 272
  • Sunset Middle School - 260

Top Five High Schools Based on ACT Scores

  • Brentwood High School - 25.1
  • Ravenwood High School - 24.4
  • Franklin High School - 23.8
  • Independence High School - 22.5
  • Fred J. Page High School - 22.0

The bottom line is, the scores found throughout Williamson County are much higher than averages across the state. Comparing this area to the rest of Nashville, it's clear, the best schools are found in Williamson County. The difference if overwhelming and for parents moving to the area, this might be the deciding factor when choosing a neighborhood.

Comparing the averages from Williamson County to Davidson County, Williamson County is about 20% higher, on average. It's also over 15% higher than both Wilson and Rutherford County. Twenty-percent might not seem like much, but on a regular report card, this is the difference between an "A" and a "C" or "D". If you're looking for the best schools in the Nashville area, you can find them in Williamson County.

Smiling KidFinding the best for your kids, after moving to Nashville, is necessary. Whether you're looking for the best schools, best daycare or anything else, you need to know where you can find it. Here are the best choices for your children throughout the city.

Best Schools

Nashville is full of great schools including:


  • University School of Nashville
  • Eakin
  • Percy Priest


  • J.T. Moore
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet High School
  • University School of Nashville

High Schools

  • Hume-Fogg
  • Franklin High
  • University School of Nashville

All of these schools tested higher than any others throughout the city. If you want to make sure your children get the best education, choose a home served by one of the above schools.

Best Playgrounds

Maybe you're children are not of school age yet and you need a place to take them for fun. The best playgrounds in Nashville include:

  • Dragon Park
  • Red Caboose Park
  • Nashville Zoo

A trip to any of these playgrounds will provide a great place to play.

Best Toy Stores

When it's time to reward your child with a new toy, the best places in Nashville include:

  • Brilliant Sky
  • Fairytales
  • Phillips Toy Mart

A trip to any of these toy stores will provide you with plenty of great choices.

Best Entertainment When it's Raining

Kids need a place to go when it's raining and if you want to enjoy something in Nashville, you will need to know where to go. A trip to any of the following will provide a fun day in, when the weather isn't that good.

  • Monkey Joe's
  • First Center for the Visual Arts
  • Adventure ScienceCenter

Many other places provide a great place for you and your kids, from the top kid-friendly restaurants, such as Pied Piper Eater to the best place for a birthday party, such as My Gym.

If there is one thing Nashville is known for its great private elementary and middle schools. There are plenty to choose from all throughout the city. Here’s a look at just a few of the private schools found in Nashville.

Overbrook School

At Overbrook, they believe wonder leads to knowing. That's why they challenge students to explore and learn new things. They provide children with a dynamic yet traditional style of learning.

It is very innovative and shapes the hearts and minds of all children who attend. They believe in prayer, study, community and service. It is these four pillars that help students grow up to be wonderful adults.

St. Bernard Academy

St Bernard Academy got its start way back in 1831. Their mission is to provide the best possible Catholic academic education to all of their students. They believe in self-discipline, compassion and responsibility.

Currently, they serve over 300 students from pre-kindergarten all the way up to the eighth grade. Some of the distinctive features you will find at this school include a music room, media center, science lab and full service dining hall.

The Ensworth School

The Ensworth School is an independent, coeducational school that serves students in pre-first all the way up to twelfth grade. They inspire their students to be intellectually curious. They believe in academic excellence and encourage all students to use their talents and abilities to the fullest extent. Their vision is to build a community full of love, integrity and compassion.

Ensworth emphasizes growth and continued learning to all of their students. They want to go beyond themselves and reach a broader community with the hope of touching more lives.

Here are some of the other private elementary and middle schools in the area:

Any of these private schools will provide a great education for students in the Nashville area.

Nashville first earned the moniker "Athens of the South" back in the 1800s when we were the first city anywhere in the United States to operate a public school system. Since then Nashville has remained a city dedicated to higher learning and we're proud to have such a distinguished academic heritage being part of the history of our city. If you're interested in attending a college or university in Nashville then you might be interested in one of the following:

Vanderbilt University
This private university is situated just over a mile from downtown Nashville and places consistently well in national academic rankings in terms of psychology, business, law, medicine and education courses. Vanderbilt is a recognized research university and is a member of the Association of American Universities as a result of that. With over 12,000 enrolled students each year and a student retention rate of 96% Vanderbilt is a leader in its class.

Belmont University
This private Christian university is located on 75-acres of land and is just a short drive from downtown Nashville also. There are over seventy different areas of study for students to choose from but music, nursing and business tend to be the most popular. One of the most respected universities in the south for their masters-level of education Belmont is home to more than 6,000 students each year and the 13-to-1 teacher student ratio means that you'll never feel “lost” here.

Fisk University
This university came into being to provide for the education of slaves who'd been freed very shortly after the end of the American Civil War and has gone from strength to strength since that time. Ranked as one of the better universities in the country it continues its proud tradition of being a heavily African-American influenced college since it first opened its doors in 1866. With just 500 students attending this university each year you'll feel more like a part of a family than just a larger student body.


Gary Ashton

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