Award Year: 2013

Meigs Middle Magnet School

713 Ramsey Street
Nashville, TN, 37206-4015

(615) 271-3222

Samuel Underwood, Principal at time of Nomination

Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools

School Website


Meigs Middle Magnet School provides a rigorous liberal arts curriculum that will allow our capable learners to perform at high standards of academic and social development.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 26%
  • White: 62%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Asian: 8%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

Meigs, a middle magnet school since 1983, located in Nashville, Tennessee, began as a grammar school for African American students in 1883. With a tradition of excellence, Meigs attracts a diverse population from across Davidson County, one of the largest urban districts in the state.

Meigs creates the feeling of “neighborhood” in a non-neighborhood school by offering sports, clubs, and enrichment opportunities available to all students. Teachers note that students are free to be themselves without being judged by their peers, and that it’s cool to be smart and it’s fun to learn and to be challenged. Colleagues have shared that teachers and administration “support and lift each other up”. In addition, we rely on our dynamic PTO for professional development funds, technology, and programs, which collectively reinforces our school mission.

Meaningful participation of all Meigs’ stakeholders--parents, the school, and community--forms a dynamic partnership with a common goal of educating the whole child: the social, emotional, physical, and the aesthetic and academic life of each student. From our school-wide incentive programs, visiting community professionals, and visits from local government officials, we maintain a sense of connection.

Our dedicated teachers incorporate meaningful instructional strategies that embrace the common core, innovation and 21st Century skills with an emphasis on research skills and project-based learning. We believe our liberal arts curriculum of band, strings, computer, art, P.E., theater, foreign languages, advanced arts and courses for high school credit, welcomes and challenges all learners.