Dickson County's public schools and higher education institutions provide residents with a high-quality education while preparing students to compete in an increasingly global economy.
Dickson County School District
Dickson County School District has 14 schools and serves nearly 8,500 students annually, which makes it the 22nd-largest school district in Tennessee. Dickson’s schools include New Directions Academy alternative education institute, eight elementary schools for grades kindergarten through five, three middle schools for grades six through eight and two high schools for ninth through twelfth grades.
Higher Education in Dickson County
Nashville State Community College, Tennessee College of Applied Technology and Freed-Hardeman University are three premier higher education institutions with campuses in Dickson County.
Nashville State Community College offers classes for Dickson County students at The Renaissance Center in Dickson. The Dickson location allows students to take general education classes that lead to a degree or a certificate from NSCC in a smaller class setting and without traveling far from home. Gov. Phil Bredesen's Tennessee Promise program provides tuition assistance for first-year students, which makes obtaining a degree from NSCC affordable for more residents.
Tennessee College of Applied Technology provides technical and skilled education designed to meet the area's workforce development needs. TCAT offers degrees and certificates in high-demand fields such as computer information technology; practical nursing; and heating, ventilation and air conditioning/refrigeration. TCAT’s Dickson campus, which is in the midst of a $2 million expansion, also provides training in specialty programs such as solar photovoltaic technician and diesel powered equipment technology.
With roots dating to 1869, Freed-Hardeman University is a private university associated with the Churches of Christ and accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. FHU’s Dickson campus at The Renaissance Center offers undergraduate and graduate-level classes in elementary education, business management, nursing, psychology, social work and criminal justice.
Dickson County's Reward School
The Tennessee Department of Education has identified The Discovery School as a Reward School for 2015. Reward Schools are those that either rank in the top five percent of all schools for overall performance or rank in the top five percent of all schools for year-to-year progress as measured by school-wide value-added data. The Discovery School, a public elementary school, achieved its Reward School status based on overall performance.