If you’re raising your family in Nashville, you have a wealth of amazing educational resources at your disposal. However, having too many options can easily become overwhelming and navigating the academic world to find the right fit for you child can be a daunting task.

Don’t worry—we’re here to make that process as easy as possible!

When selecting a school for you child, you have three options:

Option 1: Choose Your Zoned School

A prolonged search for your child’s new school may not be necessary. The perfect school for you child may be right around the corner! As a default, students will be assigned schools according to the zone they live in. To find your zoned school, use the Zone Finder.

If you don’t want your child to attend the school that corresponds to their zone, don’t worry! You are not obligated to send them there.

Option 2: Choose A School Outside Your Zone

If you would prefer to send you child to school that is outside of your zone, you will have to submit an application to that school. Only schools that participate in the Optional Application program are eligible to have students from other zones attend. If your preferred school is currently accepting external applications, then submit one!

Some of the schools that accept Optional Applications have entrance requirements that your child must meet or fulfill in order to be considered. For schools that have academic entrance requirements, you can view those requirements here. Before submitting your application, explore the new SchoolMatch app to find a school with programs that best fit your student’s academic goals and interests.

Option 3: Apply To A Charter School

Your third option is to apply to a charter school. The academic framework binding the educators working at our charter schools allows more room for innovation in the way they design their curriculum. However, this flexible, progressive environment does not come at the expense of accountability. The educational process that takes place in our charter schools is held to the same high standards as any other school.