BEST PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN NASHVILLE: RUTHERFORD COUNTY
Looking for a little more country living without the long commute to Nashville? Rutherford County is one of the fastest-growing counties in Tennessee and consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in Tennessee thanks to its relatively affordable cost of living, excellent public school system (considered one of the best in the state), and overall quality of life. Two of the larger cities in the county — Murfreesboro and Smyrna — are within 30 miles of downtown Nashville, making them desirable locations for families moving to Nashville. If you're thinking about moving to Rutherford County, be sure to check out our list of some of the best public schools in each community below!
All public schools listed have received a rating of average or above-average from greatschools.org and are listed in order of highest to lowest ranking in each area.
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Christiana is a quaint, rural community located south of Murfreesboro with several locally-owned restaurants and the Big Creek Winery Tasting Room. There are two public schools in Christiana — Christiana Middle School and Christiana Elementary.
Families looking for some peace, quiet, and country living may find it in the small town of Eagleville, nestled in the rolling hills southwest of Murfreesboro. There are several farms in the area that offer agritourism and year-round festivities for families, including Lucky Ladd Farms and the Hatcher Family Dairy. The community's only public school, the Eagleville School, serves students from pre-school through high school.
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Lascassas is a small, unincorporated community just 9 miles from the larger city of Murfreesboro. Although families with older kids would have to commute to one of the upper schools in Murfreesboro, Lascassas Elementary provides a convenient option for those with younger children in the area.
One of the larger cities in Rutherford County, La Vergne has seen expansive growth over the last few years thanks to its proximity to Nashville, affordability, and accessibility via several major interstates, as well as its growing industrial activity. Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Ingram Content Group are among several large corporations that call La Vergne home.
Best Public High School in La Vergne
- LaVergne High School
Best Public Middle School in La Vergne
- LaVergne Middle School
Best Public Elementary Schools in La Vergne
- Rock Springs Elementary
- Roy L Waldron Elementary
- LaVergne Lake Elementary School
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Known for its American Civil War history, Murfreesboro is a quiet suburban community located approximately 30 miles southeast of Nashville. Murfreesboro is home to Middle Tennessee State University and some of the best public high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools in Tennessee. Residents can also enjoy more than 40 miles of greenway trails and plentiful shopping and dining in the area.
Best Public High Schools in Murfreesboro
- Blackman High School
- Oakland High School
- Riverdale High School
- Siegel High School
Best Public Middle Schools in Murfreesboro
- Siegel Middle School
- Oakland Middle School
- Blackman Middle School
Best Public Elementary Schools in Murfreesboro
- Discovery School
- Barfield Elementary
- Scales Elementary School
- Brown's Chapel Elementary School
- Overall Creek Elementary
- Erma Siegel Elementary
- Homer Pittard Campus School
- Cason Lane Academy
- Black Fox Elementary
- Walter Hill Elementary
- Blackman Elementary School
- Wilson Elementary School
- Bradley Academy
- Hobgood Elementary
- John Pittard Elementary
- Northfield Elementary
- Buchanan Elementary
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Rockvale is a small, unincorporated community nestled between Eagleville and Christiana in rural Rutherford County. The best public schools in the community are Rockvale Middle School and Rockvale Elementary.
One of the larger cities in Rutherford County, Smyrna is just a 30-mile commute from Nashville and home to several large international employers, including Nissan North America, Ingram Content Group, Amazon, and more. Residents have access to several parks and greenways, as well as a front-row seat to the annual Great Tennessee Air Show at Smyrna Airport.
Best Public High Schools in Smyrna
- Stewarts Creek High School
- Smyrna High School
Best Public Middle Schools in Smyrna
- Rocky Fork Middle School
- Stewarts Creek Middle School
- Rock Springs Middle School
- Smyrna Middle School
Best Public Elementary Schools in Smyrna
- Stewarts Creek Elementary School
- Cedar Grove Elementary
- John Coleman Elementary
- Stewartsboro Elementary
- David Youree Elementary
- Smyrna Primary
- Smyrna Elementary