ABOVE: Photo courtesy of Pegram Elementary
For years, Metro Nashville Public Schools families have had to rely on a lottery system for a chance to get its school-age children into magnet schools.
This fall, there’s another option for Bellevue and West Nashville parents.
Beginning in August, Pegram Elementary School will become the Cheatham County School District’s first fine arts magnet school, and will consider students from other counties. Students can attend the school for the 2019-2020 school year and have out-of-county tuition fees waived, according to Tim Adkins, the district’s communications director.
Adkins has been getting the word out on Bellevue-related social media pages, and encouraging interested families to attend an informational session this week. The session is set for 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 9, at the school, 4552 Dogwood Lane, Pegram. More information about the magnet school is available at www.pegramccs.net or by calling (615) 646-6637.
In February, Cheatham County School Board members unanimously supported turning Pegram Elementary into a fine arts magnet school beginning in the 2019-2020 school year.
The school will add new disciplines and content to its arts curriculum and integrate arts into the four core subject areas (Math, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies) to help students build skills in communication, collaboration and creativity, according to the Pegram Elementary website.
Additionally, students will attend various art-related field trips and the school will host talent and art shows, and Pegram Elementary will be the only school in the district to offer these expanded art opportunities, the district reported.
The school will be open to students from surrounding counties, but they will need to fill out an out-of-county application. That includes homeschool families as well. The out-of-county tuition fee has been waived, but students that live outside of the county must provide their own transportation, if approved.
The school has already partnered with the Tennessee Performing Arts Center and has started incorporating arts in the classroom this year. This year 185 students were enrolled at Pegram Elementary which has a capacity of 300.
MNPS currently has six magnet elementary schools, but none are on the west side of Nashville.
Cheatham County School District officials hope that the fine arts integration will appeal to families with children who are not already enrolled in the school system.