DGC_6915Growing 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 372075th-6th
Boys Prep730 Neely's Bend Road, Madison 371157th-8th
Cameron College Prep1034 1st Avenue, Nashville 372105th-7th
Drexel Preparatory Academy4481 Jackson Road, Nashville 37189K-6th
East End Preparatory School1460 McGavock Pike, Nashville 37216K-3rd
Intrepid Prep5432 Bell Forge Lane East, Antioch 370135th
KIPP Academy Nashville(temporary) 3410 Knight Drive, Nashville 372075th-8th
KIPP Nashville College Prep3410 Knight Drive, Nashville 37207
Knowledge Academies5380 Hickory Hollow Pkwy, Antioch 37013 5th-8th
LEAD Academy Middle School1015 Davidson Drive, Nashville 372055th-8th
LEAD Academy High School1704 Heima Street, Nashville 372089th-12th
LEAD Southeast Prep (LEAD)1814 Hayes Street, Nashville 372035th
Liberty Collegiate Academy3515 Gallatin Road, Nashville 372165th-8th
Nashville Classical Charter School217 South 10th Street, Nashville 37206K-1st
Nashville Prep1300 56th Avenue North, Nashville 372095th-8th
New Vision Academy297 Plus Park Boulevard, Nashville 372175th-8th
Purpose Prep220 Venture Circle, Nashville 37228K-1st
Smithson Craighead Academy- Elementary School3307 Brick Church Pike, Nashville 37207K-4th
STEM Preparatory Academy3748 Nolensville Pike, Nashville 372115th-8th
Coming 2014-15:
Rocketship NashvilleK-4th
Nashville Academy of Computer Science5th
Valor Collegiate5th
KIPP Nashville Collegiate High School9th