Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools

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Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools
Nashville, Tennessee
United States
District information
Type Public school
Grades Pre-K - 12
Established 1855
Superintendent Shawn Joseph
Students and staff
Students 86,000
Teachers 5,786
Staff 4,227
Other information
Size 42nd largest school district in the nation[1]

Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, or MNPS, is a school district that serves the city of Nashville, Tennessee and Davidson County. More than 82,000 students are currently enrolled in the district's 73 elementary schools, 33 middle schools, 25 high schools, 18 charter schools, and eight specialty schools.


There are approximately 89,000 students enrolled. As of the 2013-2014 school year, the MNPS System is 37% Caucasian, 43% African-American, 15% Hispanic, 3% Asian, and 2% other.[2]


Metro Nashville Public Schools traces its roots to 1855, when Hume School opened its doors. In 1963, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools officially formed with the unification of Nashville and Davidson County schools.[3] The district today includes 155 schools, offering instruction from Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade, with high schools also offering college-level credits.


More than 99 percent of MNPS teachers meet federal standards in at least one subject, with 98.90 percent of classes taught by a highly qualified instructor. The average teacher experience is 13.0 years at the elementary level, 11.5 years at the middle school level, and 14.0 years at the high school level. A total of 39.83 percent of MNPS teachers have a bachelor's degree, 36.67 percent have a master's degree, 18.81 percent have Master's plus, and 4.6 percent have a doctorate degree.

Current enrollment reflects a diverse spectrum of backgrounds. Students represent more than 100 countries and speak languages from more than 100 language groups. MNPS currently has the prestigious International Baccalaureate programs in nine schools and its teachers routinely earn state and national honors for excellence in the classroom. Also of note are the prestigious magnet schools Hume-Fogg, Nashville School of the Arts, and Martin Luther King, which Newsweek consistently ranks among the top fifty in the nation.

As of July 1, 2016, Dr. Shawn Joseph is the Director of Schools for MNPS.[4]

The Board of Education is composed of nine elected members, each serving 4-year terms, and each coming from one of the nine districts in the city.

MNPS School Board

Chair: Anna Shepherd

Vice Chair: Jill Speering

District Member Website
1 Sharon Dixon Gentry
2 Dr. Joann Brannon
3 Jill Speering
4 Anna Shepherd
5 Christiane Buggs
6 Tyese Hunter
7 Will Pinkston
8 Mary Pierce
9 Amy Frogge


  1. ^ 2013-14 MNPS Annual Report
  2. ^ "FACTS" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-12-20. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "History". MNPS. Archived from the original on 26 November 2010. Retrieved 11 January 2011. 
  4. ^ Gonzales, Jason. "Shawn Joseph is Nashville's new schools chief". 

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