Background, Philosophy and Vision: Merrol Hyde Magnet School

Merrol Hyde Magnet School, established in 2003, is in Sumner County, Hendersonville, Tennessee. MHMS is a traditional academic school with a focus on foreign language. It is accredited by the Tennessee Department of Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. MHMS has a school enrollment of approximately 650 in grades K-12 and beginning in kindergarten, all children learn both Spanish and French languages.
Merrol Hyde practices the Paideia teaching philosophy. In addition to conventional classroom instruction, students regularly participate in Socratic dialogues called seminars, delving deeper into the values and issues presented in the curriculum. Large-scale coached projects give students a chance to synthesize and apply learning in a real and relevant way. Merrol Hyde students work together across curriculum and across grade levels. Children from different backgrounds learn to interact in a healthy, positive environment. The guidance staff, faculty, and administration convey high expectations to the student body, that it is never too early to start on the path to becoming the leaders of tomorrow.

Background, Philosophy and Vision: Union Elementary STEAM & Demonstration School

Union Elementary is a STEAM school where we have an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and now, the Arts! We enrich our students in these subjects and utilize all available resources in the classroom to bring learning alive. Our campus not only provides a great place to learn in the classroom, but also outdoors via our garden, greenhouse, nature trail, labyrinth and outdoor classrooms, further enhancing a child's learning experience here. Union Elementary STEAM and Demonstration School, along with SCS commits to growing learners who are college and career ready through quality instruction, building a collaborative culture, strong leadership and the effective use of resources.

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What are the Sumner County Schools of Choice & VPK?

Sumner County is proud to offer two public schools with distinctively different programs.

Merrol Hyde Magnet is an academic magnet school with competitive entry requirements. Their program is based on the Paideia philosophy of educating the whole child (body, mind, and spirit) and also emphasizes foreign languages. Rigor and challenge at an accelerated pace are expected and embedded in the curriculum.

Union Elementary STEAM and Demonstration School is an innovative STEAM school that uses an alternative school calendar allowing students a two week fall and spring break each year. Union has a specialized learning focus built around Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. Having an innovative setting, the school focuses on the STEAM skills and knowledge required in each discipline. The STEAM curriculum is an interdisciplinary and applied approach that uses hands-on, problem-based learning.

Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten: Planting Seeds for Future Success!

The Voluntary Pre-kindergarten program is a state-funded readiness program for at-risk children 3 and 4 years of age August 15. Priority is given to eligible 4-year-olds first. “At risk” is defined by the state as economically disadvantaged. Due to state funding, there are limited classrooms available in Sumner County, and priority placement is given to economically disadvantaged families or children who have lost a parent due to war. Other “at-risk” factors that may be used to determine eligibility include, but are not limited to English as a second language, foster care, social-emotional behaviors, and family/environmental factors. The Voluntary Pre-K program provides a foundation for learning and a successful transition to the school environment.