Nashville School of the Arts

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Nashville School of the Arts
1250 Foster Ave.
Nashville, Tennessee 37210
United States
Type Magnet high school
Motto Scholar, Artist, Individual
Established 1993
Principal Dr. Gregory Stewart
Faculty 35
Grades 9 - 12
Number of students 327

Nashville School for 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, TCAP 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 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.

School Counselors and Support Staff[edit]

  • Amy Moore — 9-12 Counselor (Last Names L-Z)
  • Jesse Zabal — 9-12 Counselor (Last Names A-K)
  • Secretary/Receptionist — Jeremy Lee
  • Guidance Clerk — Marsha Chambers
  • Executive Assistant/Bookkeeper — Willie Cabral
  • Library Clerk — Shellie Shea
  • Tech Support — Robert Williams
  • Consulting Teacher — Bryan Kipke
  • Nurse — Rebecca Weiser
  • School Resource Officer — John Wheeler
  • Campus Supervisor — Naomi Blaylock
  • Cafeteria Manager — Veronica Childs
  • Day Custodian — Ed O' Hara
  • Night Custodian — Oday


Nashville School of the Arts is committed to leading the nation in the integration of arts and academics.


Carolina Blue and Black


  • 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.


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

Dean of Students[edit]

Randi Staggs — 2014–2015

Matthew Kilkenny- 2015–Present


"(Honors)" indicates the teacher teaches Honors level as well as the standard level for that course.

  • Misty Ayers-Miranda — English II (Honors) / AP English Literature / Linguistics / Reading and Writing Seminar
  • Deborah Bulla — Biology (Honors) /Wellness / Anatomy and Physiology
  • Chuck Cardona — Spanish II / Spanish III Honors
  • Lesa Cook — English I / English I Honors
  • Mark Duren — Resource / Learning Strategies
  • Stacie Flood-Popp — Modern Dance / Musical Theatre / Choreography
  • Susanne Frensley — World History / AP Art History / US History Honors
  • Glenn Fugett — Band and Orchestra
  • Laura Gabriel — Piano
  • Erin Gage — Senior Capstone
  • Melissa Geitgey- Spanish I/ Spanish III Honors/ AP Spanish
  • Will Hester — AP Music Theory/ Vocal Music
  • Alexander Kammerer — AP Chemistry / AP Environmental Science / Chemistry (Honors)
  • Michelle Kilkenny — AP Calculus AB / Algebra II Honors / Pre-Calculus Honors
  • Kara Kindall — Theatre
  • Reebah Love — US History / Government
  • Faith Manion — English IV (Honors)
  • Greg Martindale — Geometry (Honors)
  • Ryan Murphey — English III / Honors English III / AP English Language
  • Patricia Pender- Physical Education I/II and Weight Training I/II
  • Debra Perry — Ballet / Theatrical Dance
  • Larry Phillips — Algebra I / Algebra II / Physics
  • Marti Profitt-Streuli — Art Survey / Art II / Art II / Senior Capstone
  • Susan Pugh — French I / French II / French III Honors / French IV Honors
  • James Satterwhite — Guitar / Swing Band / Psychology
  • Lucas Sobchack — Bridge Math / Personal Finance
  • Camille Spadafino — Drawing / Painting / Art III / Art IV / AP 2D/3D Art Drawing
  • Keith Spadafino — Economics / AP US History / AP Human Geography
  • Julius Turnipseed — Biology (Honors) / Chemistry
  • Christopher Vaida — Theatre Arts
  • Angela Venable — Algebra I (Honors) / Journalism
  • Suzanne Gaulden - World History / Economics
  • Justin McClain - Algebra II

Assistant principals[edit]

  • Randi Staggs
  • Oceana Sheehan
  • Chuck Cardona — Interim for inactive Mrs. Sheehan during two-month maternity leave.
  • Tonja L. Williams
  • Lendozia Edward
  • Mary Nollner


  1. ^ TCAP Scores
  2. ^ The Nashville School of the Ars Pencil and Community Partners

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