Primary and Secondary
The Sumner County School District serves over 28,000 students in its 48 schools which include: 26 elementary schools, 12 middle schools, 8 high schools, 1 magnet school, and 1 alternative school. CLICK HERE to see the location of all schools.
The School District consistently earns high marks, including:
- Meet or exceed state's Basic Education Program (BEP) requirements
- K-12 attendance labeled "exemplary" by the state
- Student achievement exceeds state/national averages in core areas for K-8 students
- Students in grades 9-12 meet or exceed state averages in math, language arts, and science
- Graduates earn more than $5 million in scholarships each year
- Have met No Child Left Behind (NCLB) performance objectives for three consecutive years
CLICK HERE to view the Sumner County School District report card.
While the public school options in the county are excellent, there are many private and parochial schools serving the children of Sumner County. Major prep schools include Pope John Paul II High School and K-12 Davidson Academy (planning a future move to Sumner County). CLICK HERE to see a comprehensive list of private schools in Sumner County.
Universities and Colleges
Volunteer State Community College
One of the greatest resources in Sumner County is Volunteer State Community College. A public, two-year community college located in Gallatin, Volunteer State also has a full-service campus in Livingston, TN, at McGavock High School in Nashville, and classes are also offered at over 30 off-campus locations.
Customized training programs are available for area businesses and industry through the Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development Business & Industry Institute. Staff work directly with companies to design and develop specialized workforce training at the business site, on the campus, or at other convenient locations. Businesses may utilize a comprehensive selction of servivces and facilities at the College including audio and video production services, skills assessments, large and small meeting rooms, library resources, Speakers Bureau, and computer labs. CLICK HERE for more information on these programs.
Volunteer State is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, has elegibility certification by the U.S. Office of Education, and is approved the the State Department of Education for Veterans Education. Volunteer State offers the Associate of Arts and Associate of Science Transfer Degrees in more than 40 areas of Emphasis. They also offer the Associate of Applied Science Career Programs in the fields of Allied Health, Business, Math and Science, and Social Science and Education and Technical Certificates are offered in Allied Health and Business.
In August 2008, Union University became Sumner County's first university to establish a permanent presence in the community. In August 2012, Union dedicated a new campus at 205 Indian Lake Blvd. in Hendersonville. This new 26,000 SF facility contains state of the art classrooms, meeting and conference space, as well as a Nursing Education Center. Union University Hendersonville joins the main Union campus in Jackson as well as a campus in Germantown to serve the citizens of middle and west Tennessee.
Union's offerings in Sumner County emphasize adult education. Undergraduate programs in Organizational Leadership, Nursing and Missions and Theology are available. Graduate studies are offered in Education, Nursing and Christian studies. In 2010 Union launched the first doctoral program of study offered in Sumner County with the Doctor of Education degree. Additional graduate programs are under development. In addition to credit degree offerings, Union offers continuing education through its Center for Excellence in Nursing Practice as well as other business and community interest courses. In 2012 Union launched in partnership with Sumner County Schools and private business partners, the first Education Leadership Academy enhancing the skills of current and future leaders in Sumner County.
Union University is an academic community affiliated with the Tennessee Baptist Convention, equipping persons to think Christianly and serve faithfully consistent with its core values of being excellence-driven, Christ-centered, people-focused, and future directed.
Union has been consistently ranked among the top universities in the South, receiving high rankings by US News and World Report, the Princeton Review, and designated as one of four Colleges of Distinction in the state.
Additional Colleges and Universities
The middle Tennessee region has long been known as "The Athens of the South" due to its many outstanding colleges and universities. Listed below are a few of the many schools easily accessible to the Sumner county population and whose graduates may choose to work in the Sumner County area.
Community Colleges and Technical Schools
Other Four-Year Universities Impacting Sumner County Labor Market