The Ultimate Guide to Education in Rutherford County

The excellence of educational opportunities in Rutherford County is increasing annually, building on more than a century of work led by educational visionaries who have driven new programs forward to ensure that students have the knowledge and experience to succeed in life.

Over the last fifteen years, the schools, businesses, and various organizations in the county have worked together to instigate a number of flagship programs in the state that have provided students with experiences and opportunities not available anywhere else. Many of these programs have gone on to be duplicated in other parts of the state, in other states, and in a few cases a program has touched the world.

As the number of children enrolled in Murfreesboro City and Rutherford County schools continues to climb every year, so do the awards that the two school districts keep receiving for being some of the best schools in the state.

Besides the public-school system, the county has a strong contingent of private schools that are also seeing gains in academic standing by providing strong classical educations focused on insuring that their students are prepared for college, both mentally and spiritually.
There are also a number of businesses that provide students with additional training when needed, including helping with brain development and growth.

Middle Tennessee State University, Motlow State Community College, and Tennessee College of Applied Technology all provide top-notch post-secondary educational experiences.
Last but certainly not least, MTSU, the Business Education Partnership Foundation, the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce and Discovery Center, among others, provide a vast quantity of summer camps to insure that kids don’t stop learning once the school year ends.


Murfreesboro City School System

2552 South Church Street | Murfreesboro, TN 27127
615-893-2313 |

Murfreesboro City School System contains twelve schools with almost nine thousand students. In the last eight years the system has grown more than 22%.

Growth has brought the building of an additional school and opportunities for new enrichment programs. One such program is the development of a relationship with local farmers to bring regional and local farm products into the schools cafeterias. Another is the MCS Book Bus that will hit the streets this summer thanks to a grant from the Christy-Houston Foundation.

The book bus will be a library on wheels. “Summer reading loss can be a big issue in the success of a student,” says Caresa Dodson, Reading and Intervention Coordinator. “Bringing a mobile library to neighborhoods will help children and families have easier access to books and the power of reading.”

Murfreesboro City Schools have a number of programs designed to enhance the whole child and enrich their lives through academics, sports, the arts, and enrichment activities. The results of some of these enrichment programs include the state honored robotics team at Discovery School at Bellwood, Erma Siegel Elementary’s Invention Convention Team winning the National Henry Ford Innovator of the Year, Northfield’s Lego Robotics Team competing at Arnold Engineering and the system has long been known for their devotion to continued student development in their extended school program.

Murfreesboro City Schools
Black Fox Elementary
Bradley Academy
Cason Lane Academy
Discovery School at Bellwood
Erma Siegel Elementary
Hobgood Elementary
John Pittard Elementary
Mitchell-Neilson School  
Northfield Elementary
Overall Creek Elementary
Reeves-Rogers Elementary
Scales Elementary

Rutherford County School System

Board of Education
2240 Southpark Drive | Murfreesboro, TN 37128
615-893-5812 |

The Rutherford County School System has long been noted for innovation and academic prowess. It is one of the top systems in the state, and currently Central Magnet School is the top high school in the state. There were 43,683 students in the system during the 2016-2017 school year, up almost 14 % from 2010. The system has gained around 1,000 new students per year for the last five years.

At a time when graduation rates are a concern with Governor Haslam’s Drive to 55, the county has one of the highest graduation rates in the state, at 95.3 %. Under the guidance of the soon to be retiring Don Odom and a series of other visionary and cutting-edge directors of schools before him, the system has been having this success while consistently spending almost fifteen hundred dollars less per student than the state average.

Named an Exemplary system in 2018, Rutherford County has earned one of the highest designations awarded by the Tennessee Department of Education. A large percentage of the schools within the system have been named as Reward Schools by the State Report Card throughout the existence of the program.

“In November 2017, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos traveled to Middle Tennessee and selected Oakland High School as the only public school for a visit,” stated James Evans, Communications and Community Relations Coordinator. “DeVos toured the career and technical education classrooms including the school’s Mechatronics program, which has garnered attention from multiple education groups throughout the country, including an Award of Excellence from the TN State Board of Education.”

Rutherford County Schools

Oakland Middle School
Riverdale High School
Rock Springs Elementary
Rock Springs Middle School
Rocky Fork Middle School
Rockvale Elementary
Rockvale Middle School
Roy Waldron School
Siegel High School
Siegel Middle School
Smyrna Elementary
Smyrna High School
Smyrna Middle School
Smyrna Primary School
Smyrna West Alternative
Stewarts Creek Elementary
Stewarts Creek High School
Stewarts Middle School
Stewartsboro Elementary
Thurman Fran cisArts Academy
Walter Hill Elementary
Whitworth-Buchanan Middle School
Wilson Elementary

Barfield Elementary
Blackman Elementary
Blackman High School
Blackman Middle School
Buchanan Elementary
Cedar Grove Elementary
Central Magnet School
Christiana Elementary
Christiana Middle
Daniel-McKee Alternative School
David Youree Elementary
Eagleville School
Holloway High School
Homer Pittard Campus School
John Coleman Elementary
Kittrell Elementary
Lascassas Elementary
LaVergne High School
LaVergne Middle School
LaVergne Elementary
LaVergne Primary School
McFadden School of Excellence
Oakland High School


There are a number of homeschooling support groups in Rutherford County. The administration of homeschooling guidance falls under the county school system.

Home Educators Association of Rutherford County
Circle of Friends Learning Coop
615-714-7580 | Avana Edgar
Firestarters Homeschool Support Group
Murfreesboro Homeschoolers Cooperative and Tutorial

Reaching Families
Rutherford County Homeschoolers
615-898-0362 | Shana Bell
615-867-8679 | Buffie Fox
Tennessee Homeschool Organizations and Support Groups


Private schools offer additional options for families wishing to provide the best educational foundation for their children. Rutherford County has a number of strong faith-based private schools and a Montessori school.

The Academy Child Development Center and Preschool at The Gateway

1404 Gateway Boulevard | Murfreesboro, TN 37129
615-890-5885 |

Pre-Kindergarten. More than a preschool, they have an academic program that is directed at preparing children though knowledge and enrichment based activities for kindergarten. They want to insure that graduates have a strong grounding and are prepared for kindergarten.

Bambini Village Montessori

1140 Cason Lane | Murfreesboro, TN 37129
615-405-4778 |

Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten. Their mission is to lead children to find their own unique potential through self-discovery, allowing them to develop independence and a joy of learning.
Community Christian Day School
185 Enon Springs Road West | Smyrna, TN 37167
615-220-2237 |

Pre-Kindergarten through 6th Grade. ABeka Curriculum and small class sizes are combined with Christian instruction to provide excellence in education and spiritual growth.

Franklin Road Christian Academy

3124 Franklin Road | Murfreesboro, TN 37128

Kindergarten through 12th grade. A caring Christian community, rigorous academics, and servant leadership training produces students who are prepared to face post-secondary schooling, and to give back to their community and the world.
Imagination Childcare

Barfield Academy Preschool

220 Veterans Parkway, Suite B | Murfreesboro, TN 37128
615-809-2211 |

Northside Christian Academy Preschool

129 Jackson Alan Drive | Murfreesboro, TN 37130
615-713-2574 |

Combining many of the methods developed by Maria Montessori, Rudolf Steiner (Waldorf Schools), and Reggio Emilia, Imagination Childcare schools strive to insure that children in their care develop motor, social, critical thinking, language and literacy skills while building character and self-confidence though their Christian foundations.

Lancaster Christian Academy

150 Soccer Way | Smyrna, TN 37167
615-223-0451 |

Six weeks through 12th grade. In 2018 Lancaster broke ground on their early childhood development center in Murfreesboro. This will allow the school to grow by an estimated 200 students by the fall. Lancaster is a Christian-based school with a focus on college preparedness, offering a full experience in athletics, the arts, and academics.

Middle Tennessee Christian School

100 East MTCS Road | Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Pre-K through 12th grade. Concentrating on the whole child, MTCS offers a program of arts, athletics, academics, and Christian instruction to stimulate learning and build character.

Providence Christian Academy

410 Dejarnette Lane | Murfreesboro, TN 37130
615-904-0902 |

Pre-K through 12th grade. Last year Providence Christian added 42,000 square feet of classroom, library, and athletic space with a new gym. Their program blends academics, community service, fine arts, and athletics to produce well-rounded community leaders and life-long learners.

Saint Rose of Lima Catholic School

1601 North Tennessee Boulevard
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
615-898-0555 |

Age two through 8th grade. Saint Rose Catholic School unites with the family to provide a quality Catholic education in a Christ-centered environment, promoting learning, love and service, which prepares students for the future. Faculty and staff are dedicated to providing a quality education in a nurturing atmosphere, where the child is loved and respected and where each child can learn, achieve, and succeed.

The Webb School

319 Webb Rd E | Bell Buckle, TN 37020
(931) 389-9322 |

Grades 6-12. The Webb School was founded in 1870 at Culleoka, Maury County, Tenn., by William Robert Webb, known affectionately to thousands as “Old Sawney.” Throughout its rich history, Webb has continued to hold firmly to its central mission. The Webb School strives to develop young people of character and integrity who understand the importance of a strong work ethic and its important relationship to academic excellence. Webb students graduate from Webb extraordinarily well-prepared to pursue a full and successful college experience.


Middle Tennessee State University has long been a partner in growth and economic development in the area, because business looks for a well-trained workforce before they relocate to a community. Working hand-in-hand with Motlow State Community College, Tennessee College of Applied Technology, the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, businesses like Nissan, Bridgestone and General Mills and the two public school systems, programs have been developed from elementary to graduate level to ensure that students are acquiring the knowledge, soft skills, and hands-on training they need to be prepared for tomorrow’s workforce.

Tennessee College of Applied Technology

Murfreesboro Campus (Main)
1303 Old Fort Parkway | Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Smyrna Campus
663 Ken Pilkerton Dr. | Smyrna, TN 37167
615-898-8010 |

TCAT is one of twenty-seven technology colleges in the state of Tennessee. They offer certification courses in Office Assistant; Automotive Technology; Collision Repair; Computer Information Technology; Cosmetology; Dental Assisting; Drafting and CAD Technology, Heating; Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration; Industrial Electrical Maintenance; Machine Tool Technology; Pharmacy Technician; Practical Nursing; Surgical Technology; and Welding Technology.

The Smyrna campus is also the Nissan Training Center and was built through a partnership with the company. Known as the Tennessee College of Applied Technology –Murfreesboro, Smyrna Campus / Nissan Training Center, this campus is where courses in Automotive Technology, Industrial Electrical Maintenance, Machine Tool Technology, and Welding Technology take place.

Middle Tennessee State University

1301 East Main Street | Murfreesboro, TN 37132
615-898-2300 |

MTSU offers students acclaimed academic programs, and state-of-the-art facilities at their main campus in Murfreesboro, in satellite locations, and on-line. In recent years, most of the university’s colleges have created internship programs as part of graduation requirements to insure that students get hands-on experience before they are employed.

New programs and centers of study are increasing MTSU’s strength as a producer of the majority of the Middle Tennessee workforce, as well as a growing producer of graduate and undergraduate research.

The new, 256,000-square-foot, $147 million Science Building allows students to access the finest teaching and research facility in the state. This facility is allowing the university to transition from primarily an undergraduate program into a doctoral facility engaged in significant research.

Besides increasing programming, MTSU is working had to bring down the cost of educations with over $20 million in annual scholarships. And their Quest for Student Success Program to increase graduation rates is gaining national attention.

Motlow State Community College

5002 Motlow College Boulevard | Smyrna, TN 37167
(615) 220-7800 |

Motlow College Smyrna offers a variety of degrees and industry specific certification for those who plan to go straight to the workplace.  They also provide classes for those who plan to transfer to a four year university to go on to attain a bachelors degree.  

They offer traditional day classes, night classes, online classes, weekend classes, hybrid classes, and accelerated classes.

Responding to business and industry, Motlow has been steadily expanding their programs to encompass skills that they desperately need. Courses include general education courses, certifications, and two-year degree programs in over forty disciplines.

For those wishing to get on the fast-track, Motlow offers area high school students college courses with dual/joint enrollment, and the Adult College Express (ACE), degree program for busy adults that leads to and Associate of Science Degree in General Studies


Learning RX

2042 Lascassas Pike, Suite A7 | Murfreesboro, TN 37130
615-867-8717 |


3411 Memorial Boulevard | Murfreesboro, TN 37129
615-890-6284 |

“At Mathnasium, we make math make sense,” stated owner Kristi Yeates. “We work with kids from second to12th grade to help them either catch-up or get ahead in math. We love making math fun for our students!”

Sylvan Learning Center

810 Medical Center Parkway, Suite C
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
615-893-3542 |

Sylvan Learning Centers provide tutoring in kindergarten through 12th grade math, reading, and writing, as well as homework and study skills. They also help students prepare for college and career testing. Sylvan offers additional courses in robotics, coding, engineering, science, and technology.

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