Nashville School of the Arts

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Nashville School of the Arts
1250 Foster Ave.
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
TypeMagnet high school
Motto"The Greatest School on the Planet"
PrincipalDr. Gregory Stewart
Grades9 - 12
Number of students814
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Nashville School of the Arts
1250 Foster Ave.
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
TypeMagnet high school
Motto"The Greatest School on the Planet"
PrincipalDr. Gregory Stewart
Grades9 - 12
Number of students814

Nashville School for the Arts (NSA) is a public magnet high school including grades 9-12 for arts-interested students located in Nashville, Tennessee. Major arts areas include dance, mass media, music, theatre, and visual art. 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 and PG-13 players, just to name a couple).


The mission of Nashville School of the Arts 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 we serve.

School Counselors and Support Staff[edit]

April Gung- Senior Counselor

Beth Perkins- 9-11 Counselor- Last Names L-Z

Shannon Riek- 9-11 Counselor- Last Names A-K

Guidance Clerk- Kianna Winfrey

Main Office Clerk- Angela Smith

Senior Secretary- Vickie Songer

Library CLerk- Mary Murrey

Tech Support- Eric Culler

Consulting Teacher- Bryan Kipke

Nurse- Rebecca Weiser

School Resource Officer- Steve Turner

Campus Supervisor- Naomi Blaylock

Cafeteria Manager- Veronica Childs

Day Custodian- Ed O' Hara

Night Custodian- Tammy Parrish


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 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 April Gung

Anime Club- Sponsored by Deborah Bulla

National Tri-M Honors Society- Sponsored by Jennifer Burton and Laura Gabriel

French Club- Sponsored by Susan Pugh

Dance Honor Society- Sponsored by Stacy Flood- Popp

Dance Ensemble- Sponsored by Debra Perry

Fellowship of Christian Athletes- Sponsored by Officer Turner

Jazz Ensemble- Sponsored by Richard Griffin

Swing Band- Sponsored by James Satterwhite

Improvisation Club- Sponsored by Kara Kindall

Madrigals- Sponsored by Walter Bitner

Show Choir- William Hester

Piano Club- Sponsored by Laura Gabriel

K-pop Club- Sobchack


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.

Dean of Students[edit]

Randi Staggs- 2014- Present



(Honors)- Means the teacher teaches Honors level as well as the standard level

Misty Ayers- Miranda- English II (Honors)/ AP English Literature

Walter Bitner- Choral Music/ Orchestra

Deborah Bulla- Biology/Wellness/ Anatomy and Physiology

Jennifer Burton- Music Theory/ Music History/Senior Capstone

Chuck Cardona- Spanish II/ Spanish III Honors/ Contemporary Issues

Lesa Cook- English III (Honors)/ AP English Language

Mark Duren- Resource/ Learning Strategies

Stacie Flood- Popp- Modern Dance/ Musical Theatre/ Choreography

Susanne Frensley- World History/ AP Art History/ US History Honors

Laura Gabriel- Piano

Reebah Gann- US History/ Government

Richard Griffin- Band/ Music Theory II/ Pop Ensemble

Will Hester- AP Spanish/ AP Music Theory/ Spanish I

Alexander Kammerer- AP Chemistry/ AP Environmental Science/ Chemistry (Honors)

Michelle Kilkenny- AP Calculus AB/ Algebra II Honors/ Pre- Calculus Honors

Kara Kindall- Theatre

Kanya Lai- English I(Honors)/ English II

Faith Manion- English IV (Honors)

Greg Martindale- Geometry (Honors)

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

Stephen Schumacher- Weight Training I/II

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

Assistant principals[edit]


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

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