Choosing a school for your child is an extremely important decision, and it requires some research. We do our best to provide you with all the information we can through this website, but nothing can replace visiting a school in person. The most important information is collected through personal experience, and we want to facilitate those experiences for prospective parents in our schools.
While input from others is always helpful, in the end, the only opinion that truly matters is your own. We encourage you to visit the schools you are interested in and form an opinion for yourself!
How To Find Our Schools
The Nashville metro area is broken up zones, with each zone corresponding to a different Metro Nashville Public School. If you live in the greater Nashville area, a zoned school has been assigned to you based on your address.
However, you are not obligated to send your children to your zoned school. You can apply to other eligible schools in our school system using an Optional Schools Application. Charter Schools also accept applications from all corners of the Greater Nashville area. You can browse the complete list of MNPS schools below:
How To Schedule A School Visit
Parents interested in learning more about our schools are welcome and encouraged to visit. We offer two options for school visits:
Option 1: Walk-Through Tuesdays
On certain Tuesdays, we hold group visits to our schools. All you have to do is show up at one of the times listed below, and you can go on a tour of our facilities with a group of other prospective parents.
When: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Dates: Tuesday, October 18, October 25, November 1, November 15, November 22, November 29, January 24, January 31.
Option 2: Schedule A Visit
If none of our Walk-Through Tuesdays are feasible for you, then feel free to make an individual appointment with your school of interest! We’d recommend that you call ahead, but many of our schools also accept walk-ins.
What To Look For In A School
Visiting a school is your chance to decide whether or not a particular school is a good fit for your family. It’s important to determine whether or not your child could be successful in a prospective school’s environment. During your visit you should make a point to explore the following facets of the school:
Your School Visit Checklist
- Look into classrooms where students are working
- Look into the cafeteria during lunch
- Visit the school library
- Speak to a teacher
- Speak to a student if you can
You should arrive at your school visit with a clear idea of what is important to you in a school. It will be up to you to ask to see these elements of the school during your visit! We recommend parents make a list of traits they are looking for in a school and ask lots of questions!