Introduction to the High School

USN's high school provides a dynamic college-preparatory curriculum in the tradition of the Liberal Arts, emphasizing breadth and depth of study across a range of disciplines and providing unique opportunities for advanced courses and independent study.

The high school is informed by a philosophy that puts students at the center of their learning in a dynamic environment where they are challenged to think critically and engage actively in their own education. While preparation for college is central, the mission of the High School is to lead students to become thoughtful citizens who are responsible to and respectful of themselves and others.

A vital part of the school’s mission is to promote individuals of personal integrity and character who take responsibility for the quality of their own lives and who recognize that they are part of a global community. Beyond its academic goals consistent with a college preparatory education, the faculty is committed to supporting students who will be poised for success yet able to cope with difficulties; will recognize the importance of inter-dependence as well as independence, of cooperation as well as competition; and will choose to move toward a higher vision of what they can accomplish in their lives.

The Student Declaration of Values, a document written by students and serving as the foundation of student culture, asserts, “We, members of the University School Community, value intellectual integrity, respect personal rights, and accept the responsibility for our freedom.” This statement reflects the trust which our faculty has in our students and the high standards to which students hold themselves.

HS Administration

List of 12 members.

  • Photo of Quinton Walker

    Quinton Walker 

    Head of High School
    (615) 321-8012
    Vanderbilt University - Ed.D.
    University of Michigan - M.A.
    Duke University - B.A.
    Started at USN: 2016
  • Photo of Jeffrey Edmonds

    Jeffrey Edmonds 

    Assistant Head of HS for Academic Affairs / Physics / Philosophy
    Vanderbilt - PhD in Philosophy
    Williams College - B.A. in Philosophy
    Started at USN: 2013
  • Photo of Nicole Jules

    Nicole Jules 

    Assistant Head of HS for Student Affairs, HS Psychology Teacher
    (615) 321-8024
    Belmont University - M.S.A.
    Vanderbilt University - B.A.
    Started at USN: 2007
  • Photo of Justin Karpinos

    Justin Karpinos 

    HS Dean of Student Life & English Teacher
    Kenyon College - B.A.
    Started at USN: 2007
  • Photo of Debbie Van Slyke

    Debbie Van Slyke 

    High School Learning Specialist
    (615) 277-1120
    Vanderbilt University - PhD
    Franklin & Marshall College - B.A.
    Started at USN: 2013
  • Photo of Latricia Watkins

    Latricia Watkins 

    High School Counselor
    University of Tennessee, Chattanooga - MEd, BS
    Started at USN: 2022
  • Photo of Tamara Berthel

    Tamara Berthel 

    High School Science, 9th & 10th Grade Class Dean
    (615) 321-8000
    MTSU - B.S.
    MTSU - M.S.
    Started at USN: 2005
  • Photo of Matthew Haber

    Matthew Haber 

    Dean of 11th and 12th Grades & HS History Teacher
    Washington University - M.A.
    Washington University - B.A.
    Started at USN: 2005
    USN Class of 1998
  • Photo of Roderick White

    Roderick White 

    Director, Office of Diversity and Community Life
    615 277-7480
    Trevecca Nazarene University - BA
    Nashville School of Law - J.D.
    Started at USN: 2015
  • Photo of Aaron Fulk

    Aaron Fulk 

    Director of College Counseling
    Stanford University - MA
    Washington & Lee University - BA
    Started at USN: 2021
  • Photo of Josh Scouten

    Josh Scouten 

    Athletic Director
    Middle Tennessee State University - MS
    Messiah College - BA
    Started at USN: 2007
  • Photo of Beth Eberl

    Beth Eberl 

    Director of Counseling
    (615) 321-8005
    Cambridge College - C.A.G.S.
    Boston College - MA
    University of Vermont - BA
    Started at USN: 2013

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