Community Eligibility Program

Community Eligibility Program and Free-and-Reduced Lunch

Information about your child’s lunch


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.


Schools That Will Require A Free- or Reduced-Price Lunch Application




Schools that will continue to provide lunch at no cost to students for the 2018-2019 school year

  • A.Z. Kelley ES
  • Academy at Hickory Hollow
  • Academy at Old Cockrill
  • Academy at Opry Mills
  • Alex Green ES
  • Amqui ES
  • Antioch HS
  • Antioch MS
  • Apollo MS
  • Bass ALC
  • Bass Transition
  • Bellshire Design Center
  • Big Picture HS
  • Brick Church College Prep
  • Buena Vista ES
  • Caldwell ES
  • Cambridge ELC
  • Cameron College Prep
  • Cane Ridge ES
  • Cane Ridge HS
  • Carter Lawrence ES
  • Chadwell ES
  • Charlotte Park ES
  • Churchwell ES
  • Cockrill ES
  • Cole ES
  • Cora Howe School
  • Creswell Middle School of the Arts
  • Croft MS
  • Cumberland ES
  • Dodson ES
  • Donelson MS
  • Dupont ES
  • DuPont Hadley MS
  • DuPont Tyler MS
  • East End Prep
  • East Nashville Magnet HS
  • East Nashville Magnet MS
  • Fall-Hamilton ES
  • Gateway ES
  • Glencliff ES
  • Glencliff HS
  • Glengarry ES
  • Glenn ES
  • Glenview ES
  • Goodlettsville ES
  • Goodlettsville MS
  • Gra-Mar MS
  • H. G. Hill MS
  • Harris-Hillman
  • Hattie Cotton ES
  • Haynes MS
  • Haywood ES
  • Hermitage ES
  • Hickman ES
  • Hillwood High
  • Hull Jackson Montessori
  • Hunters Lane HS
  • Inglewood ES
  • Isaac Litton MS
  • Ivanetta Davis ELC
  • J. E. Moss ES
  • Jere Baxter MS
  • Joelton ES
  • Joelton MS
  • John Early Magnet MS
  • Johnson ALC
  • Jones Paideia ES
  • Kennedy MS
  • KIPP Academy Nashville
    •  ES (KANES)
    • MS 502
  • KIPP Nashville College
    • HS 504
    • Prep ES 501
    • Prep MS 503
  • Lakeview ES
  • Lead Academy HS
  • Lead Prep Southeast MS
  • Madison MS
  • Maplewood HS
  • Margaret Allen MS
  • Maxwell ES
  • McGavock ES
  • McGavock HS
  • McKissack MS
  • McMurray MS
  • Mt. View ES
  • Murrell School
  • Napier ES
  • Nashville Classical ES
  • Neely’s Bend College Prep
  • Neely’s Bend ES
  • Norman Binkley ES
  • Old Center ES
  • Overton HS
  • Paragon Mills ES
  • Park Avenue ES
  • Pearl Cohn HS
  • Pennington ES
  • Robert E. Lillard ES
  • Rosebank ES
  • Ross ELC
  • Ruby Major ES
  • Shwab ES
  • Smith Springs ES
  • STEM Prep Academy MS
  • STEM Prep Academy HS
  • Stratford STEM
    • Upper Campus
  • Stratton ES
  • The Cohn Learning Center
  • Thomas Edison ES
  • Thurgood Marshall MS
  • Tom Joy ES
  • Tulip Grove ES
  • Tusculum ES
  • Two Rivers MS
  • Una ES
  • Warner ES
  • Whites Creek HS
  • Whitsitt ES
  • Wright MS


How do I apply?

Families attending non-CEP schools can still apply for free- or reduced-price lunches. See More

What schools are impacted?

29 schools will require an application for the free- and reduced-meal program. 120 schools will continue to serve lunch at no cost.

What about breakfast?

ALL schools will continue to provide breakfast at no cost to all students.

What will lunch cost?

Those prices are not yet known at this time.

When will this change take place?

The 2018-2019 school year.

* Eagle View Elementary School will open in August 2018. Eligibility has not yet been determined. Information will be provided to those specific families as it becomes available.

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