Director of Schools

  • Dr. Wright 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. Recent new school openings include Gladeville Middle School in 2019 and Green Hill High School 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

    Graduation Rate
    Wilson – 95%
    State Average – 89.1% 

    Attendance Rate
    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 receives Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of TN
    • TSBA recognizes Carroll Oakland Elementary for Excellence in School Renovations