Advanced Academics

Advanced Academics

In order for students to grow academically, they need to be challenged. At Metro Nashville Public Schools, we recognize that not all students learn in the same ways. Some students require intellectual stimulation that goes above and beyond our normal school curriculum, and we work very hard to be able to facilitate that. MNPS has programs for academically gifted, highly motivated students of every age level.



Gifted & Talented Program for Young Learners

We do our best to identify exceptional, academically gifted students as early as possible. If students show signs of extraordinary academic talent in their early years, we urge parents to enroll them in our elementary gifted and talented program, Encore. Students who participate in Encore will have access to advanced academic curriculum, putting them on the fast track to advanced education.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Internationally-Focused Curriculum Advocating For Peace

Our rigorous International Baccalaureate (IB) Program begins in Middle School (or a select group of Elementary Schools) and continues through High School. Our IB Program aims to develop inquisitive, knowledgeable, caring young people who want to help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

Cambridge International Examinations (CIE)

Internationally Respected College-Preparatory Curriculum

Cambridge International Examinations prepares students for life, helping them develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning. Metro Nashville Public Schools shares these goals for our students, and are proud to teach the Cambridge curriculum to our students. These international qualifications are recognized by the world’s best universities and employers, giving students a wide range of options in their education and career.

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses

College-Level Courses Made Available To High School Students

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses were developed by College Board for schools in the U.S. and Canada. AP Programs allow MNPS to offer college-level courses to high school students. If a student earns a qualifying score on an AP Exam, they can receive credit for the corresponding course at most accredited colleges and universities in the United States and around the world. Students who participate in the AP program are viewed favorably by college admissions boards and enjoy the  flexibility to explore their prospective fields of study earlier rather than later.

Dual Enrollment Program

Work Towards High School & College Degrees Simultaneously

The Dual Enrollment Program allows eligible students to work toward both a high school diploma and a college degree at the same time. For each course, students earn honors credit at the high school level and college credit hours at the postsecondary level. Most college credits will transfer to public colleges and universities, both in Tennessee, and in other states.  

Other Advanced Academic Programs

AVID, SSMV, & Tennessee Educational Decathlon

At Metro Nashville Public Schools, we also offer accelerated academic programs through Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID), the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt (SSMV), and the Tennessee Educational Decathlon. These are prestigious programs, and we are extremely proud of all that our students have been able to accomplish through them. For more information, talk to your school’s guidance counselor, or simply follow the link below.