Top 10 Best Tennessee Public Schools (2024)

Tennessee is the #20 largest school system in the United States, serving 995,698 students across the 1,907 public schools for the 2024 school year (there are 577 private schools, serving 104,923 students). 90% of all K-12 students in Tennessee are educated in public schools, compared to the national average of 90%.
The percentage of students achieving math proficiency in Tennessee is 31%. The percentage of students achieving reading proficiency is 37%.
Minority enrollment is 40% (majority Black) and the student:teacher ratio is 15:1.

Student by Ethnicity

(TN) School Average
Asian
2%
Hispanic
13%
Black
21%
White
60%
Two or more races
4%
This chart displays the percentage breakdown of public school students of all ethnic groups in Tennessee.

Top Ranked Public Schools in Tennessee (2024)

School
(Math and Reading Proficiency)
Student Proficiency
Grades
Location
Rank: #11.
Central Magnet School
Magnet School
(Math: 98% | Reading: ≥99%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 98% (Top 1%)
Reading: ≥99% (Top 1%)
Grades: 6-12
701 East Main St
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
(615) 904-6789
Rank: #22.
Mcfadden School Of Excellence
Magnet School
(Math: 98% | Reading: 95%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 98% (Top 1%)
Reading: 95% (Top 1%)
Grades: K-5
221 Bridge Ave
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
(615) 893-7251
Rank: #33.
Merrol Hyde Magnet School
Magnet School
(Math: 97% | Reading: 95%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 97% (Top 1%)
Reading: 95% (Top 1%)
Grades: K-12
128 Township Dr
Hendersonville, TN 37075
(615) 264-6543
Rank: #44.
Thurman Francis Arts Academy/magnet School For The Arts
Magnet School
(Math: 94% | Reading: 93%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 94% (Top 1%)
Reading: 93% (Top 1%)
Grades: K-8
221 Todd Ln
Smyrna, TN 37167
(615) 904-6715
Rank: #55.
Discovery School
Magnet School
(Math: 92% | Reading: 92%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 92% (Top 1%)
Reading: 92% (Top 1%)
Grades: PK-6
1165 Middle Tennessee Blvd
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
(615) 895-4973
Rank: #6 - 86. - 8.
Clovercroft Elementary School
(Math: 90% | Reading: 87%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 90% (Top 1%)
Reading: 87% (Top 1%)
Grades: K-5
9336 Clovercroft Rd
Franklin, TN 37067
(615) 472-5170
Rank: #6 - 86. - 8.
Hamilton County Collegiate High At Chattanooga State
(Math: 85-89% | Reading: 90-94%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 85-89% (Top 1%)
Reading: 90-94% (Top 1%)
Grades: 9-12
4501 Amnicola Hwy
Chattanooga, TN 37406
(423) 697-4492
Rank: #6 - 86. - 8.
Lockeland Elementary School
Magnet School
(Math: 85-89% | Reading: 90-94%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 85-89% (Top 1%)
Reading: 90-94% (Top 1%)
Grades: K-4
105 South 17th St
Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 258-1330
Rank: #99.
Meigs Middle School
Magnet School
(Math: 85% | Reading: 87%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 85% (Top 1%)
Reading: 87% (Top 1%)
Grades: 5-8
713 Ramsey St
Nashville, TN 37206
(615) 271-3222
Rank: #1010.
Jordan Elementary School
(Math: 88% | Reading: 82%)
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 88% (Top 1%)
Reading: 82% (Top 1%)
Grades: PK-5
9714 Split Log Rd
Brentwood, TN 37027
(615) 472-5270

Best Tennessee Public Schools by County (2024)

County
# Schools
# Students
% Minority
26
10,918
19%
15
8,836
42%
8
2,105
10%
31
17,376
17%
26
15,833
27%
8
2,264
12%
14
4,395
19%
18
6,554
8%
14
5,786
14%
14
5,135
11%
23
9,628
22%
170
82,810
75%
6
2,933
19%
18
8,078
18%
13
6,536
30%
10
4,915
16%
21
8,924
29%
8
3,694
25%
27
9,366
14%
19
10,398
41%
79
45,176
52%
6
3,186
11%
9
4,333
21%
96
62,439
34%
4
1,669
9%
11
5,186
21%
14
7,610
27%
8
3,898
17%
27
12,364
72%
9
2,784
16%
10
5,272
23%
28
17,969
32%
15
7,322
19%
11
4,115
10%
5
1,932
6%
16
6,479
14%
10
4,665
28%
5
1,040
7%
7
2,147
4%
23
12,267
22%
8
4,932
17%
21
6,892
11%
30
19,136
34%
10
3,982
4%
33
14,544
23%
283
147,449
82%
9
2,991
11%
38
20,043
13%
45
27,440
28%
14
10,300
31%
7
2,234
13%
9
2,869
5%
12
6,300
28%
9
2,202
5%
11
3,981
18%
8
3,837
8%
32
23,573
27%

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the top ranked public schools in Tennessee?
The top ranked public schools in Tennessee include Central Magnet School, Mcfadden School Of Excellence and Merrol Hyde Magnet School.
How many public schools are located in Tennessee?
1,907 public schools are located in Tennessee.
What percentage of students in Tennessee go to public school?
90% of all K-12 students in Tennessee are educated in public schools (compared to national average of 90%).
What is the racial composition of students in Tennessee?
Minority enrollment in Tennessee is 40% (majority Black)

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