Tuesday marks the first day of school for students in Nashville.
Metro Nashville Public Schools is the 41st largest school district in the country. Today, about 86,000 kids headed back to the classroom.
Altogether, 169 schools are back in session. This is an exciting year for schools as they come off a big year for improvement on literacy results.
MNPS is also launching their new early college program that will give 70 9th graders the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and associate’s degree from Nashville State Community College during their four years of high school.
Dr. Shawn Joseph spoke with NewsChannel 5 on Monday, saying he hopes to focus on family this year.
“I'm really hoping we can engage families better because I think if you're going to have great schools and kids performing at high levels, we've got to build our partnership with parents, so I'm really looking forward to doing that better,” Joseph said.