Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools

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Metro Nashville Public Schools
Nashville, Tennessee
United States
District information
TypePublic school
GradesPre-K - 12
SuperintendentShawn Joseph
Students and staff
Other information
Size42nd largest school district in the nation[1]

Metro 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.[citation needed]

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 International Baccalaureate programs in nine schools. Also of note are the magnet schools Hume-Fogg, Nashville School of the Arts, and Martin Luther King.

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


  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".