Music-themed primary school arrives in Antioch


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) – Next fall, a new elementary school dedicated to bringing music to the forefront of education will open in the metro Nashville area.

Rocketship Public Schools opened the new Antioch Campus on Wednesday morning. Rocketship Public Schools, a not-for-profit network of chartered public elementary schools, currently operates two schools in the greater Nashville area.

“We are overcrowded in our education system, especially in the southeast,” said Joy Styles, Metro board member. “This school is going to help us alleviate that and give many of our students an opportunity that they have never had before.”

Music lessons will be offered as part of the school’s enrichment program. Rocketship Public Schools said music will also be incorporated into daily classroom instruction.

“Music is a form of communication that brings together people of different races, cultures and origins,” said founding director Jessica Alexander. “Music prepares students to think critically, take risks and persevere in the face of challenges. Therefore, we are committed to ensuring access to music in all disciplines. We equip our students with a language additional to use in a multicultural world. “

Plans for the school have been delayed due to COVID-19, but the school is now expected to open to all Davidson County students from kindergarten to grade four.

“When we open our doors next August, we will be welcoming 420 Founding Rocketeers. I am driven by the belief that a child’s academic performance should not be determined by zip codes or family income. Every child of Rocketship Antioch will receive an education that will equip them with the skills, knowledge and confidence to dictate their own path in life, ”said Alexander.

The founding families will choose the name of the school, which will temporarily be called Rocketship Antioch.

The school will also feature a mural painted by local artists.


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