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Back to school 2018

Metro Schools reopens its doors to students on Tuesday, August 7. From immunizations to bus route information, this page will serve as a central location for parents to find everything related to the start of the 2018-19 school year. We will be updating this page with information throughout the summer so check back for updates.

What's New


Have you met your student’s principal yet? Starting July 1, some new leaders will begin their tenure at new schools. Click below to read each principal’s bio. Check back here often as other principal placements are announced.

Eagle View Elementary

Metro Nashville Public Schools will welcome a new school into the Antioch/Cane Ridge community in August 2018: Eagle View Elementary School. This brand new school has a capacity of 800 students. The school will be located at 1470 Eagle View Blvd., Antioch, TN 37013.

A Rendering of Eagle View Elementary school


Did you know you can graduate high school with a diploma and college degree – for free? With Metro Schools' Early College High School Program, you can!

With the Early College High School Program, opening in the 2018-2019 school year, students can fast track their college plans or begin building a career by earning a high school diploma and college associate degree by the 12th grade – at no cost to families! In partnership with Nashville State Community College, the Early College High School Program will offer students the opportunity to graduate with a college associate degree in Information Technology – an in-demand industry in Nashville.

Students will graduate ready to enter the competitive workforce with relevant skills and knowledge.

Learn more and apply for the Early College High School Program here.


For the last four years, Metro Schools has participated in the Community Eligibility Program (CEP), the federal reimbursement program that allows school districts to offer lunch at no cost to students. Eligibility is based on poverty as measured by the direct certification numbers used for participants of government assistance programs. 

Effective with the 2018-2019 school year, MNPS is no longer eligible to participate system-wide and can no longer offer this program to all students at all schools.

MNPS was able to participate in this program because the district’s ­percentage, which is how Tennessee measures poverty in schools, was at 60 percent during the application process four years ago. Since then, our direct certification percentage has dropped to 50 percent. As a result, MNPS can no participate in all schools.

We know we have children who rely on our nutrition services program as a reliable source for a healthy meal. We will continue to provide free breakfast to all students in all schools and we will offer CEP to eligible schools.

Pearl Cohn End Time

This year, Pearl Cohn will end its day 30 minutes earlier than last year. This means students will be dismissed at 2:05 p.m. Buses will adjust their schedules for this earlier release time and will drop students off at their regular bus stop 30 minutes earlier.

Pearl Cohn families: Please watch your mailbox for an updated letter from the transportation department. If you have any questions about this 2018-19 adjusted school schedule for Pearl Cohn, do not hesitate to contact the school office.


All of our school supply lists are housed on If you do not see your school listed, please contact the school directly.

Although some name brands are listed on back to school lists, generic branded items are acceptable and students are not penalized for bringing generic supplies to school. Please contact your teacher or principal with specific questions.

Click here to view our translated glossary for school supplies.

Tax Free Weekend

Tax-free weekend starts Friday, July 27, and ends Sunday, July 29. You can stock up for the school year and buy clothing, school supplies and computers with no sales tax.


All students who attend their school of zone, and who live more than 1.25 miles from school (1.5 miles for high schools), are eligible for school bus transportation. Letters with your school bus number and bus stop will be mailed Monday, July 23.

You can find information about your bus stop arrival and departure times by clicking here. When the link opens follow the step by step instructions. If you have difficulty contact the Family Information Center at (615) 259-INFO (4636), emailing or using the chat feature in the bottom right corner of this website.

A standard school bus is parked in a parking lot



Students entering the 7th grade for the 2018-2019 school year must provide the school an updated Tennessee Immunization Certificate with proof of the TDAP booster.

Immunizations are available through your child’s doctor or Metro Public Health Department at the Lentz, East and Woodbine Clinic locations.  The clinics are open from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for walk-in vaccinations. No appointments are necessary and families should carry their child’s shot record to confirm what immunizations are needed.

Lentz and Woodbine will also be open late from Tuesday, July 24, through Thursday, August 16th. Lentz will be open on Tuesday nights until 7 p.m. and Woodbine will be open on Thursday nights until 7 p.m., both taking their last patient at 5:30 p.m.

Neighborhood Health will also be offering events for students to get their immunizations:

  • Saturday, July 21
    • 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
    • Napier Clinic (107 Charles E. David Blvd.)
  • Saturday, July 28
    • 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
    • Eastside Clinic (905 Main Street)

Neighborhood Health also offers appointments for vaccinations and well-child visits during on any weekday at the following sites:

East Side & Dental Clinic
905 Main Street
Nashville, TN 37206
Monday to Friday, 8am-5pm

Cleveland Park & Dental Clinic
1223 Dickerson Pike
Nashville, TN 37207
Monday to Friday, 8am-5pm 

Napier Place & Dental Clinic
107 Charles E. Davis Blvd
Nashville, TN 37210
Monday to Friday, 7am-4pm

Cayce Clinic
617 South 8th Street
Nashville, TN 37206
Monday to Friday, 7am-4pm

Please call (615) 227-3000 to make an appointment. 

Family Portal

The classroom is at your fingertips! Don’t miss out on your chance to stay in the know with your student’s teacher and classroom performance. Learn about Family Portal, Metro Schools’ online platform for teachers, students and families to interact and communicate, here.


The 2018-2019 freshman orientation schedule is below. The freshman orientation schedule for the 2018-2019 school year has been announced. Some schools will offer transportation for students, so please check with your child's school.

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Have Questions?

If you have any other back to school questions, our Family Information Center is here to help. You can call 615-259-4636 Monday through Friday, from 8:00am to 4:30pm, email, use the chat window on or visit in person at 2601 Bransford Avenue.