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  • 1,081

    students K-12
  • 88

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  • 14

    average High School class size
  • 52

    countries represented by USN families

A K-12 Community Students First

At USN, you’ll find an inclusive and diverse educational community committed to academic excellence where faculty engage K-12 classrooms with a student-centered approach.

In USN's classrooms, studios, and fields, students build confidence and skills to stretch beyond their limits and find their voices. Our K-12 community members embrace new learning opportunities and creative experiences, thrive in challenging courses, voice thoughtful opinions, and lead change-making efforts.

Excellence in Teaching & Learning
Our Educational Mission

At USN, students come first in our diverse K-12 school community dedicated to academic excellence. Schedule a visit and experience first-hand our dynamic school culture. Walk our hallways, observe our classrooms, and engage with our talented student body and faculty. We look forward to seeing you on campus.

Unmistakable, Unparalleled, Understanding | A 9-part Video Series

What Sets USN Apart?
Our K-12 Community

USN's dynamic and thriving school culture is defined in part by our diverse school community, a student-centered approach emphasizing academic excellence and belonging, the school's active citizenship in its Edgehill neighborhood, engaging arts and athletics programs, and an historic commitment to innovative education.

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  • The K-12 Experience

    The K-12 Experience

    From curious Kindergartners just arriving on campus to our accomplished seniors ready for the challenges of the world, USN's innovative K-12 school culture is centered around the USN Mission and Guiding Principles.
  • Academic Excellence

    Academic Excellence

    USN's inspiring faculty, dynamic classrooms and meaningful curriculum are all dedicated to the individual learning experience of  every K-12 student.
  • Historic Commitment to Education

    Historic Commitment to Education

    Our early history begins in 1888. The school was formalized in 1915 as Peabody Demonstration School and then in 1975, University School of Nashville was established. USN's mission: to model the best educational practices, celebrate the cultural and ethnic composition of our community, and foster each student's potential.
  • An Inclusive Community

    An Inclusive Community

    Students and families at USN arrive from all across Nashville and the world, representing diverse cultures and backgrounds. Our school values the unique experiences our students bring to campus. USN's mission drives our community and students into the future with an awareness of self, a sense of belonging and of purpose.
  • Athletics, River Campus & Wetland

    USN River Campus & Wetland

    Our historic Edgehill Campus in the heart of the Midtown / Edgehill neighborhoods is complemented by our 80+ acre River Campus. It is home to USN's athletic facilities and a dedicated Wetland site. Located on the banks of the Cumberland River, the "Rampus" allows for athletic accomplishments, as well as learning, exploration, and research.
  • The Edgehill Community & Neighborhood

    Good Neighbors

    University School of Nashville embraces its Edgehill neighborhood roots in our growing and evolving city. From Fort Negley and the Edgehill Polar Bears, to Peabody College and Vanderbilt University, USN has been a part of an accomplished and vibrant Edgehill community for more than a century.

Happening Around USN
Events & News

Upcoming Events

Featured News

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More Recent Headlines

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  • HS Art Teacher Chris Cheney’s redesign of Peabody Demonstration School's Tiger logo.

    When did we earn our Tiger stripes? Exploring USN branding

    Ever wonder how USN got its colors and branding? Celeste Green ’27 and Abigail Manoukian ’27 visited the school Archive to find out. This article originally appeared in The Peabody Press, the High School student-run newspaper.
  • Chai Reddy named Head of HS

    An experienced global education leader and social studies teacher with two decades of demonstrated history of working with grades 8-12, developing curriculum, and supporting faculty, Chai Reddy, Ed.D. will join USN for the 2024-2025 academic year.
  • Alumni Beyond Edgehill: Barry Wilker '71

    In this feature, we check in with PDS/USN alumni from all over the world to take a look at all that life beyond Edgehill can entail. Learn about alum and artist Barry Wilker '71 and be sure to visit his “Handle with Color” exhibit in the Tibbott Center Gallery until Friday, April 19. 
USN Mission: 
University School of Nashville models the best educational practices. In an environment that represents the cultural and ethnic composition of Metropolitan Nashville, USN fosters each student’s intellectual, artistic, and athletic potential, valuing and inspiring integrity, creative expression, a love of learning, and the pursuit of excellence.