School Choice: Giving Our Students Options

What's New

  • We've adjusted the academic entrance requirements.
  • Parents can choose a high school instead of a career pathway.
  • Pre-school and pre-K seats for Stanford and Hull Jackson are not on the application and will instead be offered as part of the pre-K application period next spring.
  • Eleventh and twelfth grade applications have to be reviewed first by the principal before being turned in to Student Assignment Services.

Metro Nashville Public Schools is a diverse, vibrant urban school district that strives for excellence throughout the entire system. Our mission is to help families find the right schools for their children and to put them on a track for success. We understand that every student is unique and has different needs, and we cater to students at all levels. 

Families in Nashville have 167 public schools available to them, meaning that we have a school that's just right for your child. Metro Schools will help ensure your child has a great educational experience and graduates are prepared for college, careers and life.

Every year, the Optional Schools Application allows you to choose among open enrollment schools, and your child can always attend his or her zoned school. To family members who have great expectations for their children, our promise is to work hard not only to meet your expectations, but to exceed them.

The below documents can provide you with more information on how the school choice process works. 


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Three Steps to Finding the Right School for Your Child

1) Explore Your Options

Already have a school in mind? Look at school websites.

Need to know what schools are in you zone? Find out your zoned school(s).

Want to see all of your options? Use our school finder. 

2) Visit schools during Walk-Through Tuesdays

Touring a school is the best way to see if it is the right fit for your family. To participate in Walk-Through Tuesdays, visit your preferred school on the designated day and time or call the school to schedule an appointment for a different time.

Walk Through Tuesday Fliers: Arabic | Burmese | English | Kurdish | Nepali | Somali | Spanish | Vietnamese

3) Apply by December 2

Student will be sent home with application booklets on October 31. You can fill out the paper application at the back of the booklet or apply online at Paper applications must be received by 5:30 p.m. on December 2, and online applications will close at 11:59 p.m. This deadline includes all pathway continuation forms, but does not apply to applications for pre-K, 11th or 12th grade. 


School Choice Presentations

Families have the option to send their children to schools across the district through an application. Come to one of our presentations to learn about the choice application process and your public school options. 

Presentation PowerPoint

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Date | Time | Location

October 24 | 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. | Oasis Center (Room Turner A)

October 26 | 6 - 7 p.m. | Midtown Hills Police Precinct

October 27 | 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. | Northwest YMCA

November 2 | 6 - 7 p.m. | East Park Community Center

November 3 | 6 p.m. | Southeast Community Center

November 7 | 6 - 7 p.m. | Coleman Community Center

November 7 | 6 - 7 p.m. | Pennington Elementary School

November 9 | 6 - 7 p.m. | Madison Library


Pre-K Presentations

We want your child to exceed great expectations at every level in their education. These presentations are for the families of children who will be transitioning from pre-K into kindergarten. Pre-K families who cannot attend these presentations can get their questions answered at the regular school choice presentations.

Date | Time(s) | Location

October 20 | 8:15 a.m. / 1 p.m / 5:30 p.m. | Davis Early Learning Center 

October 20 | 1 p.m. / 4:30 p.m. | Ross Early Learning Center

October 26 | 3 p.m. | Cambridge Early Learning Center

October 28 | 8 a.m. | Cambridge Early Learning Center