University School of Nashville

2000 Edgehill Ave, Nashville, TN 37212

The University School of Nashville was founded by the George Peabody College for Teachers, now the school of education at Vanderbilt University, as a demonstration school. In 1975, USN became an independent college preparatory school emphasizing the mastery of basic skills amid a broad liberal arts curriculum. The lower school (grades K-4) is in self-contained classrooms, providing a program that utilizes a balanced whole-language/phonics approach to reading and writing and a hands-on, manipulation-oriented method for math and science. Music, art, and cultural and language enrichment opportunities complement the lower school curriculum. In the middle school (grades 5-8), faculty members meet regularly to coordinate the curriculum and offer academic and social support for students. Middle school pupils benefit from a range of curricular activities, including library research, science lab, written and oral presentations, and current issues analysis. The high school (grades 9-12) features a range of academic electives, independent projects, community service opportunities and cocurricular activities. In addition, qualified students may take courses (generally on topics not covered in the regular curriculum) at Vanderbilt University. USN conducts student and faculty exchanges and visits with a school in Japan and one in Paris, France.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeDay — Coed Grades K-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address2000 Edgehill Ave, Nashville, TN 37212
Year Established1915
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)
AdministratorVincent W. Durnan, Jr.
Applications DueDecember
Total Enrollment1,039
Day Students1,039
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