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December 04, 2021

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Nashville Collegiate Prep, Nashville’s Newest K-8 Public Charter School, To Open

Nashville Collegiate Prep, Southeast Nashville’s premier K-8 tuition-free public charter school will open its doors to students in grades K-5 this fall. 

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As parents decide where their child will attend school next year, a brand new state-of the-art charter school option is now available for their consideration.

Southeast Nashville officially welcomed Nashville Collegiate Prep, its newest K-8 tuition-free public charter school at its recent groundbreaking ceremony at 1638 Bell Road in Nashville. The existing two-story building is being renovated and will encompass 30,880 square feet with a capacity of 468 students. The school will add one grade per year until it serves students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

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Personalized Learning

When it comes to education, one size certainly doesn’t fit all, so Nashville Collegiate Prep has gone all out to deliver a personal learning opportunity that provides an intellectually challenging curriculum with a balanced approach that motivates students to reach higher toward their goals.

“We have high expectations for all students, and we focus on the whole child throughout their academic journey,” says its founding principal, Christine Stoudt. “Every student will be supplied iPads and our caring, competent educators in every learning community will establish personalized learning with each student to maximize individual academic success.”

The school’s unique design offers beautiful spacious community classrooms that allow for large or small group learning. The kindergarten learning community features adjustable walls and break-out rooms allowing for large or small group learning. This spacious classroom features enough collaborative instructional space for five traditional classrooms.

“Each day is a new adventure for students,” said Stoudt.  “Our goal is to make our school so inviting, safe and inspiring that they look forward to being challenged to learn from the moment they walk through the doors. We’ve designed our classroom spaces to encourage creativity and real-world skills of collaboration and problem-solving.”

Grade 1 to grade 4 are each housed in their own self-contained grade level learning communities. Each grade level community consists of an individual room with a large collaborative instructional space in the center and adjustable walls. The school will also have a science lab, music room, art classroom and an indoor play area.

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Tuition-Free

Although Nashville Collegiate Prep has the look and feel of an exclusive private school, it is instead a tuition-free public charter school. Every child, every family in every community deserves equal access to an excellent educational option. Your zip code or bank account should not ever be the determining factor as to whether or not a child should get a great education. Every student deserves an equal opportunity to succeed, and this school makes the possibilities endless.

The learning communities are truly unexpected and allow students flexibility in choosing their learning space. Seating options include balance balls, geometrically designed seats, tall desks and even wobble boards to accommodate every kind of learner.  The desks are topped with dry-erase white boards to help students express their creativity in problem solving while interactive smart boards bring learning to a new level. As students prepare, even at a very young age, for their next steps in their educational journey, they experience world-class technology that will advance them in fun and exciting ways. Each student will have their own iPad to further enhance learning and 21st Century skills.

The board has partnered with Noble Education Initiative (NEI) to manage the day-to-day operations of the school.  NEI is a collaborative group of education professionals focused on addressing educational challenges in new and creative ways to set up students for a lifetime of success. NEI specializes in teacher preparation, school management, innovative educational curriculums, and educator training.

“There is nothing we want more than to provide this premier educational option for all students,” said Sherry Hage, founder and CEO of NEI. “Every single child deserves the best education possible, and we are here to make sure that opportunity is available to every family that seeks something better for their children’s future.”

Applications for enrollment are now accepted online at nashvillecollegiate.org. A temporary office location has been established at 1626 Bell Road in Nashville. For more information, visit the website, call (615) 747-6059 or email info@nashvillecollegiate.org. Find Nashville Collegiate Prep @nshprep on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing and Entertainment Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 18-month-old Ezra.