A Vision for New Schools in Nashville
Charter schools are a powerful public education tool being used to serve Nashville students and their families. Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools seeks excellent schools, without exception, that will increase high quality public education choices to students and their families. Charter schools in our community are meant to serve as innovative learning centers where outstanding teachers and experienced administrators and management advance each student’s achievement every day, regardless of race, color, national-origin, religion, gender, disability, proficiency in English, academic ability, social capital or family income. Every student in our district deserves a high quality opportunity to learn, grow and achieve to become the gifted and talented individual he or she was meant to be. The MNPS Charter office has high expectations and demanding quality standards to ensure that the charter schools that operate in our district are of exceptional caliber to promote district wide educational excellence.
Our Call for New Schools
The Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) seeks applications to cultivate new school capacity to provide high quality academic instruction. Proposals may range from traditional charters to charter management organizations and conversion schools to magnets. Each proposal should demonstrate substantial capacity to support its plans financially and execute its vision through effective instruction and programs fostering teacher effectiveness.
All new schools must employ non-selective admission criteria and ensure that students will achieve AYP benchmarks by the second year of operations. The detail, capacity, support, experience, and planning necessary to ensure that operational and management issues do not distract from an all-out focus on raising academic achievement makes MNPS incredibly selective in its evaluation of proposals on behalf of the children to be served.
Our goal is to build a system of schools that provide every student with the foundation of knowledge, skills, and character necessary to excel in higher education, work and life. We seek proposals for school reform and management that will make Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools the first choice for families.
Request for Proposals for April 2012
Application for a Public Charter School
Charter Application Scoring Rubric