Growing parent demand: In 2003, one Nashville charter school opened to serve nearly 150 students. Since then, charter schools have grown to exponentially to serve an estimated 4,500 students across 18 schools in school year 2013-14 thanks to overwhelming parent demand for high-quality public school options.
Current landscape: Currently, only one in five students in Nashville is enrolled in a high-quality public school. This means that far too many students are trapped in schools that are not providing them a high-quality education.
Student achievement: In their first year of operation, two charters founded by Center fellows – Liberty Collegiate and Nashville Prep – outperformed comparable Metro Nashville Public Schools middle schools by a significant margin.
Currently, Nashville charter schools are overrepresented on the state’s designation of Reward Schools for MNPS. Despite representing only 10 percent of all public schools in Nashville, one-third of all MNPS Reward Schools were charters. The Nashville charters on this year’s list of Reward Schools are:
- KIPP: Academy Nashville
- Liberty Collegiate Academy
- Nashville Prep School
- STEM Prep Academy
On average, students attending Tennessee charter school students receive a better education than their peers in district schools. According to the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University, Tennessee’s charter school students gained the equivalent of an additional 86 days of learning in reading and 72 days in mathematics in comparison to their traditional public school counterparts. These results were among the highest of all states studied.
|Brick Church College Prep (LEAD)||2835 Brick Church Pike, Nashville 37207||5th-6th|
|Boys Prep||730 Neely's Bend Road, Madison 37115||7th-8th|
|Cameron College Prep||1034 1st Avenue, Nashville 37210||5th-7th|
|Drexel Preparatory Academy||4481 Jackson Road, Nashville 37189||K-6th|
|East End Preparatory School||1460 McGavock Pike, Nashville 37216||K-3rd|
|Intrepid Prep||5432 Bell Forge Lane East, Antioch 37013||5th|
|KIPP Academy Nashville||(temporary) 3410 Knight Drive, Nashville 37207||5th-8th|
|KIPP Nashville College Prep||3410 Knight Drive, Nashville 37207|
|Knowledge Academies||5380 Hickory Hollow Pkwy, Antioch 37013||5th-8th|
|LEAD Academy Middle School||1015 Davidson Drive, Nashville 37205||5th-8th|
|LEAD Academy High School||1704 Heima Street, Nashville 37208||9th-12th|
|LEAD Southeast Prep (LEAD)||1814 Hayes Street, Nashville 37203||5th|
|Liberty Collegiate Academy||3515 Gallatin Road, Nashville 37216||5th-8th|
|Nashville Classical Charter School||217 South 10th Street, Nashville 37206||K-1st|
|Nashville Prep||1300 56th Avenue North, Nashville 37209||5th-8th|
|New Vision Academy||297 Plus Park Boulevard, Nashville 37217||5th-8th|
|Purpose Prep||220 Venture Circle, Nashville 37228||K-1st|
|Smithson Craighead Academy- Elementary School||3307 Brick Church Pike, Nashville 37207||K-4th|
|STEM Preparatory Academy||3748 Nolensville Pike, Nashville 37211||5th-8th|
|Nashville Academy of Computer Science||5th|
|KIPP Nashville Collegiate High School||9th|