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Nashville Classical is a K-8 public charter school that opened with kindergarten on July 31, 2013. Through a classical curriculum and within an achievement-oriented culture, we educate every student for academic success and personal excellence in high school, college and life.
Nashville Classical is in the heart of East Nashville, home to some of the city’s most dynamic businesses, diverse neighborhoods and high-need students. Currently serving grades K-5, we enroll nearly 400 scholars from across the city. Over 70 percent of our families live below the poverty line and more than half come without basic literacy skills, including letter recognition and the ability to write their own name. Nevertheless, our results show that our scholars are among the state of Tennessee’s highest achieving children.
In 2017, Classical’s third graders made history in reading. Classical’s proficiency doubled the state’s overall average and tripled the state average for racial minorities. In 2018, Classical’s third graders made history in math. One hundred percent of scholars scored approaching, on track or mastered. Zero scholars scored below standards. We were the city’s only school to achieve this feat!
Over the next three years, Classical will add one grade each year and, eventually, enroll grades K through 8. Our goal is for all scholars -- regardless of grade, income, race, or home language -- to receive a world-class education. Every scholar studies timeless literature, solves complex problems, speaks a foreign language, and develops enduring character as they build the foundation for success and excellence in high school, college, and life.
Our team is hardworking, humble, and smart. We come from diverse backgrounds and bring different skills, but all of us believe a child’s demography cannot be their destiny.
Our experience has shown that success at Nashville Classical has little to do with years teaching, graduate degrees, or your prior school. Instead, our star performers:
Do What’s Right for Kids: Our teachers invest extra time in each scholar’s individual success. They seek constant professional development and try bold, new ideas. They never stop holding high expectations for children or themselves.
Practice Kindness: Our teachers choose to be empathic towards scholars, families, and teammates. They make Nashville Classical a great place to work by expressing gratitude and practicing random acts of kindness.
Solve Problems: Our teachers find solutions or make a solution themselves. When they see that something is wrong, they bring concerns directly to the source or relevant stakeholders. Ultimately, our teachers create a workplace where we talk to people -- not about people.