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Frequently Asked Questions

What areas of artistic study does The Nashville School of the Arts offer?

There are nine unique arts conservatories for which applicants may audition:

Dance, Choral Music, Band, Orchestra, Guitar, Piano, Theatre Arts, Visual Arts, and Literary Arts.

Can I audition for more than one artistic area?

You are permitted to audition for two conservatories; however, you are encouraged to audition only for areas in which you are interested in applying as you will only be selected for one (1) program of studies.

Make sure the audition choice(s) is correct on the application! Alterations or changes to the area of study will not be permitted.

What happens if I am placed on the waiting list?

The waitlist is not ranked. You are not assigned a waitlist number. If an applicant is placed on the waitlist, the student remains in the holding position until a vacancy opens within the artistic department. This likely will not be found until after the second week of school, so please plan accordingly to attend a different school. If a vacancy occurs, the admissions committee will review all waitlisted applicants for that department. Per district policy, any student whose application is submitted past the deadline will be placed on the waitlist and is not guaranteed an audition.

Are students required to take academic and college preparatory classes?

Students are enrolled annually in seven (7) courses, two of which are required arts courses within a student’s artistic major. Students in the 11th and 12th grade at NSA often take more than two art area courses as their schedule permits. As a fully accredited high school, students must meet all state requirements for graduation in addition to their artistic program of studies. We offer a college preparatory program, including Honors and Advanced course offerings. The expectation is that all graduates have completed an Advanced Placement course prior to graduation.

The district application asks me to rank my selection of magnet and/or school options. Will this affect my chances for entrance into The Nashville School of the Arts?

No. This information is not provided to the adjudicators and the admissions committee. If you should qualify for The Nashville School of the Arts and another magnet school, the district will place you in your highest ranked choice, where space is available. Students are required to accept their highest ranked choice for which they qualify. If you request another school above NSA on your application, if accepted to NSA, you will have to resubmit your application with the school options office in order to accept your seat. Please familiarize yourself with the district’s School Options Procedures.

Do I have to live in Davidson County to attend the school?

All students enrolled at The Nashville School of the Arts must be residents of Davidson County. Families may also be asked to provide proof of residency.

Is there an academic requirement for entrance?

No. Admittance to The Nashville School of the Arts is based solely upon meeting a minimum artistic standard expected for acceptance. NSA does not require a report card as part of the application process for 9th and 10th grades. Please do not send these to NSA. However, 11th and 12th grade applicants seeking admittance into The Nashville School of the Arts are required to submit a current report card and a current transcript as part of their application to the school which is later taken to the Office of School Options.

Is transportation provided for students?

The school district does not provide transportation to any magnet school. Transportation is the sole responsibility of the parent. Many students utilize the MTA transportation that is offered to MNPS students at no charge. This can be done with their student ID that they acquire at the start of each school year. Each student must sign as proof they have received it. If their ID is lost during the school year, a new one can be purchased for $15. They can be purchased by credit card using the Online Payment Center or with cash to the main office (must be exact, as change cannot be provided in the office). Students that drive may also park on campus by purchasing a parking pass for $5. These can be purchased online as well or in the front office with cash. All students parking on campus must also fill out the vehicle information form for our records.

Please visit the Nashville We Go public transit website for bus route information.

Are there opportunities for parents to volunteer at Nashville School of the Arts?

All of our performing arts conservatories have concerts, recitals, readings and performances throughout the year. None of these happen on their own. Each of our conservatory leads are more than happy to receive help from our parents in making preparations for these events. They can all be reached via their emails, which can be found on the Teachers and Staff link at the top of the page.

As the start and end of school days can be hectic, parents may also volunteer to help monitor the entrances to the building to welcome and say good bye to our students. We also are opening up a school supply store this year which will be available to students during lunch that parents will be needed to help run this. All parents volunteering from 7:30 - 3:30 must check in and out with the front office during the school day. If you have any questions about volunteering for the school in general, please contact Jeremy Lee in the front office at jeremy.lee@mnps.org or 615-299-6600.

What if I have further questions?

Inquiries regarding the application and school choice process should be made to the Office of School Options.

Inquiries regarding the audition process should be made to Nashville School of the Arts: