Our School

Where Every Student is an Artist, Scholar, Individual

Nashville School of the Arts, a magnet high school, is home to Nashville’s most passionate and dedicated student artists.

NSA’s mission - why we exist - is to prepare students to lead fulfilling lives by fostering a culture of challenge, support, growth, and affirmation. We expect our students to achieve excellence in all areas: the arts, academics, and in their character.

To enroll at NSA, students audition to join 1 of 9 artistic conservatories:

  • Band
  • Choral
  • Dance
  • Guitar
  • Literary Arts
  • Piano
  • Strings
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts

Unique Opportunities

Once selected to join the NSA family, students enjoy unique opportunities to collaborate with professional artists, perform/exhibit in the community, and to develop connections with the Nashville arts culture.

Academic Excellence

NSA is committed to academic excellence. Consistently, the Tennessee Department of Education recognizes our students and teachers for outstanding achievement and growth. Our students have access to many postsecondary opportunities, such as AP and Dual Enrollment, and graduating classes routinely earn scholarship offers numbering in the millions of dollars.

You Matter

Finally, we believe that who you are matters. NSA strives to be an environment where students learn empathy, compassion, cooperation, and respect for all people.

Thank you for visiting our website. We hope to see you soon!

Graduate on stage, singing
Quote about son being in the guitar program.
Two dancers on stage, one in flight.
"He has taken several college-level courses and thrived" parent quote
Colorful student artwork
"We are so pleased with the academics" quote

School Hours

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

School Cluster

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Board Member

District 5