Rutherford County Education Deserves High Marks

On Friday, April 29, 2011 - 07:28

Schools in Rutherford County deserve extra credit for providing excellent academic opportunities for students of all ages. Here are some of the top academic options throughout Rutherford County:

Public Schools

Murfreesboro City Schools – This city district serves students in grades pre-K through 6, with 7,077 students at 12 public schools. Murfreesboro City Schools is ranked sixth in the state for public school systems, and more than 68 percent of the licensed employees have master's degrees or higher. Each K-6 school has licensed music, physical education, art and media specialists.

Rutherford County Schools – The district has 32,704 students enrolled in grades pre-K through 12. A total of 42 public schools are in the system, and its six middle schools are ranked in the state's top 50 for highest-achieving middle schools. Rutherford County Schools also received "straight As" for learning gains and achievement for grades 3-8 on the most recent Tennessee Report Card on Education.

Private Schools

Rutherford County is home to an impressive list of private schools for parents and their children to consider. They include Bellwood Christian Academy (grades 1-12), Bible Church Academy (K-12), Franklin Road Christian School (PK-12), Lancaster Christian Academy (PK-12), Middle Tennessee Christian School (PK-12), Murfreesboro Adventist School (5-8), Providence Christian Academy (K-8) and St. Rose of Lima Catholic School (K-8). The county also has two special education schools (Rutherford Academy and Stones River Academy) and four alternative schools (Bill Rice Christian Academy, Cedar Grove School, Cedar Hall School and Rutherford County Community Learning Center).

Higher Education

Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) was founded in 1911 and today has an enrollment of more than 25,000 students. There are also 1,700 employees, including 930 full-time faculty members. The university offers eight bachelor's degrees, 10 master's degrees and one doctorate. In athletics, MTSU's nickname is the Blue Raiders and the university competes in the Sun Belt Conference.

Motlow State Community College was established in 1969 and today has 4,000 students attending its four campuses, including one in Smyrna. The Smyrna location is on Motlow College Blvd., just off Sam Ridley Parkway. Motlow State offers academic programs in business, education, humanities, languages, mathematics, natural science, nursing/allied health and social sciences.