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Nashville Business Journal Shares List Of High Scoring Schools In Nashville Area
by TJ Anderson
What constitutes a great school is in the eye of the beholder. Do you prize a strong science and math slant? Prefer a more arts-focused education? Want your children immersed in diversity?
Ultimately, the right schools are the schools that are a specific fit for you and your family. When clients ask me about school districts in Nashville-area neighborhoods, I always try to focus on that fact — you know if a community and its accompanying school district are right for you by weighing a broad mix of needs and wants (probably including some facts and figures).
All that said, homebuyers who are particularly interested in following test scores got some fresh info to chew on this week: Nashville Business Journal shared a rundown of “the Nashville area’s best public high schools, ranked by ACT scores.”
The data came from the Tennessee Department of Education’s State Report Card, and was based on composite ACT scores (an average of test-takers’ English, reading, math and science scores) for the 2014-15 school year.
So I maintain that “best” is subjective, but if you’re curious about which institutions are high-achievers in terms of test scores, the list is worth a look.
With all this in mind, for this week’s Open Houses roundup, I’ve picked out some properties zoned for schools that fall among the Top 10 on the list (excluding academic Magnet schools that aren’t fed by zoning).
If you'd like to see the whole mix, check out the list on the Nashville Business Journal’s website.
First, the broader weekend Open House picture:
Then, my picks:
5111 Williamsburg Rd
Brentwood, TN 37027
In affluent Williamson County suburb Brentwood, you'll find everything from mid-sized mid-century properties to big brick builds from the ‘90s and brand new construction. The style is often traditional, and the communities are often family friendly, as is the case with this stately 1965 home. It has a bunch of pluses, including a cozy brick fireplace and really cute screened-in porch, and it’s in good shape (with some updating, it could be a luxury stunner). To get a large home in this area, zoned for Brentwood High School (the first non-Magnet on that ACT list), this price point is pretty typical. Open Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.
1767 Claybrook Park Cir
Brentwood, TN 37027
Brentwood’s Ravenwood High School opened in 2002, so it’s among the newer learning institutions in the area, but it’s gotten high marks for a focus on community and collaboration, and on academic paths — all students develop a learning plan aimed at guiding them toward college or technical school. This 5-bed, 4 1/2-bath home home gives you a good indication of what you’ll see in that part of Brentwood: well-appointed properties designed to accommodate large and growing families. Open Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.
2207 Hartland Rd
Franklin, TN 37069
It’s not just a prized school system that draws people to Franklin, in Williamson County — there’s lush farmland, upscale dining in Historic Downtown Franklin and shopping at the Cool Springs Galleria, and the area contains architectural multitudes, too, from turn-of-the-century properties to brand-new luxury homes. Among the latter: this nearly 5,000-square-foot property, with lot of high-end details and a large yard. It’s zoned for Franklin High School, which gets well-rounded marks for graduating multiple National Merit Scholarship semifinalists and boasting nationally recognized band, vocal music and drama programs. Open Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.
120 Gosling Dr
Franklin, TN 37064
Among the historic properties and brand new builds in Franklin, you’ll also find established neighborhoods with nicely renovated houses that trace back just a few decades. This one was built in 1997, but updated nicely since, with fresh and bright colors and a breezy and open main floor. Its zoned high school, Fred J Page High School, appeared on many lists before this ACT rundown — for one, The Washington Post ranked in twelfth in the state among the “Most Challenging High Schools.” Open Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.
Education options in the Nashville area are so broad and varied, from the creativity-focused Nashville School of the Arts to East Nashville’s newly renovated Stratford STEM Magnet School, with its focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
There’s a lot to think about when you’re choosing a place to settle down, and I’d be honored to help you through it. If you’re looking for a new home in the Nashville area, give me a call or send me an email, and tell me about what you need!
TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....
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