Director of Schools
Dr. Donna Wright has served as the Wilson County Director of Schools since July of 2014. Prior her appointment, Dr. Wright spent more than three decades working in education as a teacher, principal, administrator, and Assistant Superintendent. Since day one, Dr. Wright has spoken about her strong commitment to improve academic achievement and provide students and teachers with the resources to accommodate our growing county. Today, there’s a strong body of evidence to demonstrate that level of commitment.
Over the past four years, the district has experienced unprecedented growth. More than 18,800 students are currently enrolled in our school district, but that number continues to increase weekly as more and more families relocate to the area. On average, the student population is growing by approximately 400 students annually.
As a result of this tremendous growth, the district is in the midst of its largest building campaign to date. In 2017, five schools were renovated and/or expanded, allowing for the elimination of portables for the first time in decades. Additionally, Springdale Elementary opened in Mt. Juliet in 2017 to alleviate overcrowding. Next fall a new middle school will open in Gladeville, and construction recently began on the district’s fifth high school, Green Hill High School, which will be located on the north side of Mt. Juliet. Green Hill High School will be opening in 2020. A parcel of land has also been purchased to build an additional elementary and middle school in the Mt. Juliet area.
Academics and Attendance
Academic achievement and student performance have increased steadily under Dr. Wright’s leadership.
- The TN Dept. of Education recently ranked Wilson County Schools as a Level 5 district for growth and progress, the highest designation awarded by the state
- The ACT composite score for graduating seniors has risen significantly over the past several years to an impressive 2, putting our students among the Top 15% statewide for performance
- More than half the students who graduate from the district are now eligible for the HOPE scholarship, or 2-years of free community college, through the TN Promise scholarship program
- Top 10 in the state for English Language Arts (Grades 3-5)
- Last year, 1,688 college credits were awarded to students enrolled in AP and/or Dual Enrollment classes… a 54% increase in just five years. Digital textbooks for math, science, and social studies are currently being incorporated for multiple grade levels.
ACT Composite Score
Wilson – 21.2
State Average – 20.2
Wilson – 95%
State Average – 89.1%
Wilson – 95%,
State Average 2016 (K-8) – 95.4%
State Average 2016 (High School) – 93.9%
Students, teachers, administrators, and parents have much to be proud of in Wilson County. We will continue working diligently to improve in the areas of academic achievement and growth.
- Dr. Wright named "Superintendent of Year for 2019" by the Mid-Cumberland Region of the Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents
- Dr. Wright named “Wilsonian of the Year”, Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce
- Wilson County’s Administrative and Training Complex is awarded for Excellence in Design by the TN School Board Association
- Digital Survey Award for “Commendable Use of Technology as a District” from the National School Board Association
- Springdale Elementary named School of the Year for Excellence in Architectural Design, TN School Board Association
- The Center for Digital Education and the National School Board Association recognize Wilson Co. Schools as 2nd in the Nation- Pioneering Use of instructional Technology
- Dr. Wright named “Superintendent of the Year”, Professional Educators of Tennessee
- Dr. Wright receives Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of TN
- TSBA recognizes Carroll Oakland Elementary for Excellence in School Renovations