A new private school that’s the first of its kind in Tennessee is now open. Nashville Sudbury School (NSS) is open to students ages 4 - 18, and the kids direct their own learning in a civic-minded environment operating through democratic governance.


At NSS, staff and students are on equal footing, thus solidifying the democratic model. Decisions on all school matters happen through a weekly “School Meeting” in which each student and each staff member has an equal vote and voice in all decision making. Furthermore, the model promotes play-based and organic learning, as the children help decide the classes, the teachers, the discipline (through a daily Judiciary Committee or Mediation) and how the day will unfold. NSS offers private school and homeschool tracks. Tuition is $6,000.

NSS is located at 3551 Dickerson Pike, Nashville. Enrollment is ongoing, subject to availability. Call 615-543-6160 or visit nashvillesudburyschool.org.