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Nashville School of the Arts (NSA) is a public magnet high school including grades 9-12 for arts-interested students located in Nashville, Tennessee. Conservatories within the school include dance, music (choral, band, orchestra, guitar and piano), theatre, literary arts, and visual arts. Students are expected to both study in their respective arts and complete the same academic curriculum as all other Metropolitan Nashville Public School students. While the school focuses on the arts, Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program scores are above the Davidson County scores.[1] Students must audition, interview, or write an essay to be accepted. There is no lottery admission to NSA.

Nashville School of the Arts
1250 Foster Ave.


United States
Coordinates36°07′50″N 86°44′23″W / 36.1306°N 86.7398°W / 36.1306; -86.7398Coordinates: 36°07′50″N 86°44′23″W / 36.1306°N 86.7398°W / 36.1306; -86.7398
TypeMagnet high school
MottoScholar, Artist, Individual
PrincipalDr. Gregory Stewart
Grades9 - 12
Number of students327
Color(s)Carolina Blue and Black


Nashville School of the Arts began as a small magnet program for arts-interested students in Pearl-Cohn High School in 1993. As time went on, NSA grew to a size warranting its own facility, which was achieved in 1996 on the former Cumberland School campus. The school has established pencil partners,[2] which is a business or other community organization that teams up with a Nashville school to volunteer time and donate resources that promote student success, as well as community partners (including Youth Villages, the Nashville Shakespeare Festival, and PG-13 players.)


Nashville School of the Arts's mission is to provide the highest quality instruction in the fine and performing arts while providing a challenging academic program for the talented and creative students in the public school community they serve.[citation needed]

Clubs and organizationsEdit

  • Book Club — Sponsored by Hope Hall
  • National Honor Society — Sponsored by Michelle Kilkenny
  • National French Honor Society — Sponsored by Susan Pugh
  • Video Game Club — Sponsored by Charles "Chuck" Cardona
  • Spanish Club — Sponsored by William Hester
  • Yearbook — Sponsored by Angela Venable
  • Art Club — Sponsored by Camille Spadafino
  • National Art Honors Society — Sponsored by Marti Profitt-Streuli
  • Student Council — Sponsored by Misty Miranda
  • Senior Committee — Sponsored by Reebah Love
  • Anime Club — Sponsored by Deborah Bulla
  • National Tri-M Honors Society — Sponsored by Laura Gabriel
  • French Club — Sponsored by Susan Pugh
  • Dance Honor Society — Sponsored by Stacie Flood-Popp
  • Dance Ensemble — Sponsored by Debra Perry
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes — Sponsored by Naomi Blaylock
  • Jazz Ensemble — Sponsored by Glenn Fugett
  • Swing Band — Sponsored by James Satterwhite
  • Improvisation Club — Sponsored by Kara Kindall
  • Madrigals — Sponsored by Will Hester
  • Show Choir — Will Hester
  • Piano Club — Sponsored by Laura Gabriel


Backstage is NSA's student-run newspaper. In 2010, the publication began a web-based format. Stories are added constantly, complete with upcoming NSA events, reviews, scheduled activities, and anything that is of interest to the student body.

Notable alumniEdit


  • 2012–present: Dr. Gregory Stewart
  • 2001–2012: Bob Wilson (Retired)
  • 1998–2001: Dr. Elbert Ross
  • 1997–1998: Robert Churchwell

Dean of StudentsEdit

  • Randi Staggs — 2014–2015
  • Matthew Kilkenny- 2015–2017
  • Dr. Bryan Gwyn 2017-2018

Assistant principalsEdit

  • Randi Staggs
  • Oceana Sheehan
  • Chuck Cardona
  • Tonja L. Williams
  • Lendozia Edward
  • Mary Nollner


  1. ^ TCAP Scores
  2. ^ The Nashville School of the Ars Pencil and Community Partners
  3. ^ "On Clean, Soccer Mommy Showcases How Disillusionment Can Lead to Growth". Nashville Scene. Retrieved 2018-10-08.

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