Our Culture

Every inch of Nashville Classical Charter School and every second of the school day aligns with our mission and our values. Ultimately, our entire school boils down to three simple statements that guide everything we do.


College Preparation Starts in Kindergarten.

We live for student learning and believe every scholar deserves a college future. In the words of the philosopher Plato, “The direction in which education starts a man determines his future in life.” At Nashville Classical, kindergartners build the knowledge, skills, and character of college bound scholars. With this start, their futures are limitless.


Character and Academics Both Come F.I.R.S.T.

What does college preparation look like in kindergarten? At Nashville Classical, it means we put both character and academics first. Our classical values—Focus, Integrity, Resilience, Scholarship, and Team—teach children to set goals, to live honestly, to show determination, to learn with joy, and to care for others. To call Nashville Classical a college prep school only scratches the surface of what we do. We take the Chinese proverb, “Educating people is the only way to plan for a lifetime” to heart. Our job is to prepare scholars for life.


Read the Classics and Write the Future.

While our world is rapidly changing, there is no better time for classical education than now. Today, literacy is everything. Equally important at 21st century workplaces and tomorrow night’s dinner table, literacy is the ability to read, to think and to discuss. Literacy is the spine of all subjects—from foreign language to physical science—and the foundation of every scholar’s education. Frederick Douglass said “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” Indeed, today, literacy means we have the power to read another’s life story and the power to write our own.


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