DGC_6915Growing parent demand: In 2003, one Nashville charter school opened to serve nearly 150 students. Since then, public charter schools have grown to serve an estimated 5,300 students across 20 schools in 2014-15 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 public charter schools are overrepresented on the state’s designation of Reward Schools for MNPS. Despite representing only 12 percent of all public schools in Nashville, more than one-third (39%) of all MNPS Reward Schools were charters. The Nashville charters on this year’s list of state recognized Reward Schools are:

  • Cameron College Prep
  • KIPP: Academy Nashville
  • Knowledge Academy
  • Liberty Collegiate Academy
  • Nashville Prep
  • New Vision Academy
  • 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 PS)2835 Brick Church Pike, Nashville 372075th-6th
Cameron College Prep (LEAD PS)1034 1st Avenue, Nashville 372105th-7th
East End Preparatory School1460 McGavock Pike, Nashville 37216K-3rd
Intrepid Prep5432 Bell Forge Lane East, Antioch 370135th
KIPP Academy Nashville (KIPP Nashville)123 Douglas Ave Nashville TN 372075th-8th
KIPP Nashville College Prep (KIPP Nashville)3410 Knight Drive, Nashville 372075-6th
KIPP Nashville Collegiate High School (KIPP Nashville)123 Douglas Ave Nashville TN 372079th
Knowledge Academies5380 Hickory Hollow Pkwy, Antioch 37013 5th-8th
LEAD Academy Middle School (LEAD PS)1015 Davidson Drive, Nashville 372055th-8th
LEAD Academy High School (LEAD PS)1704 Heima Street, Nashville 372089th-12th
LEAD Prep Southeast (LEAD PS)531 Metroplex Drive Nashville TN 372115th
Liberty Collegiate Academy (RePublic Schools)3515 Gallatin Road, Nashville 372165th-8th
Nashville Academy of Computer Science (RePublic Schools)3307 Brick Church Pike Nashville TN 37207
Nashville Classical Charter School217 South 10th Street, Nashville 37206K-1st
Nashville Prep (RePublic Schools)1300 56th Avenue North, Nashville 372095th-8th
New Vision Academy297 Plus Park Boulevard, Nashville 372175th-8th
Purpose Prep220 Venture Circle, Nashville 37228K-1st
Rocketship Nashville2526 Dickerson Pike Nashville TN 37207K-4th
Smithson Craighead Academy730 Neely's Bend Rd Madison TN 37115K-4th
STEM Preparatory Academy3748 Nolensville Pike, Nashville 372115th-8th
Valor Collegiate4527 Nolensville Pike Nashville TN 372075th
*Denotes ASD charter. Students zoned to state Priority schools are eligible to attend an ASD charter.
Coming 2015-16:
KIPP Nashville College Prep Elementary
Knowledge Academy High School
Rocketship Elementary School South Nashville
STEM Prep High School
STRIVE Collegiate Academy
Valor Collegiate Academy #2