Academies of Nashville
Through their academy, students are exposed to a multitude of career and college opportunities, industry skills, and potential employers by way of classroom speakers, site visits, job shadowing and internships. Families have their choice of more than 40 different academies within the 12-zoned high schools in MNPS.
Arts, Media & Communications Business, Marketing & Information Tech. Engineering, Manufacturing & Industrial Technology Health Hospitality & Tourism Human & Public Services
Most of our career pathways offer a nationally-recognized industry certification. In the spring of 2016, 207 students passed these certifications ranging from Autodesk Certified User to a Certified Clinical Medical.
Every single career pathway of student within the Academies of Nashville has an aligned college credit-bearing course. Many career pathways allow students to earn up to 12 hours of college credit in the career area.
Internships and Job Shadowing
Internships allow student to see the realities of a profession or industry and the connections between learning and the real world. Job shadowing connects students with the real working world and gives them an insider's view of a profession and the everyday duties and responsibilities.
In 2016-2017, 429 students passed AP exams among the 34 courses offered; 336 student took the Cambridge AICE exam; 340 students passed the International Baccalaureate exam; 19 students earned the full IB World Diploma.
Business and community partners are essential factors in preparing students for life after high school and are integral to the educational experiences students receive, including a career exploration fair, industry field trips, and academy showcases. There are more than 300 partners working with our academies.
Whether it is a student, a teacher, or a business partner, there are thousands of stories of how the Academies of Nashville have impacted lives.
During the 2006-2007 school year, the Academies of Nashville was only a dream—an ambitious, high school transformation effort that would bring together families, educators, and the community to improve our schools. Ten years later, that dream has come to fruition. Graduation rates have increased. Student attendance is at an all-time high. Discipline referrals have significantly dropped. Business engagement in the school system has never been stronger and more powerful. But, there is much more to this success than the statistics alone. It is the stories that touch our hearts. While this Storybook only captures a snapshot of the work and accomplishments of the past decade, it is a reflection of the lives that have been touched and changed because of the Academies of Nashville and Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. We would like to thank our graduates, teachers, administrators, business partners, legislators, families and all of our stakeholders for supporting this effort and the work that is yet to come.
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Academy of Health and Sciences, Class of 2017
When a fellow classmate suffered a severe asthma attack during a rehearsal for the school play Romeo and Juliet, Chelstin Wildun knew exactly what to do. Chelstin performed CPR on her unresponsive classmate for 12 minutes until the Emergency Medical Team arrived at the school to take her to the hospital. Doctors at the hospital confirmed that without Chelstin’s immediate reaction and training, her classmate would have died. Chelstin has been a member of the Academy of Health Sciences at Overton High School and plans to pursue a career in the medical field after graduation.
Academy of Arts & Communication
The academy program has impacted my future for the better and I am happy to be a product of it. As a sophomore at Cane Ridge High School, I became a member of the Interactive Multimedia Pathway and began to learn more about the actual softwares used in the field today. My high school was actually giving me tools I could use after I graduated and that separated me from my competition. One of the coolest skills I learned was how to create and develop our own website so we could market ourselves or a business. As I matriculated through the academy I became an Academy Ambassador because I was proud of what my academy had taught me and I wanted to show that to my fellow students. During my senior year, my academic excellence within my academy led me to a full ride scholarship to college as well as a summer intern position in the technical department of Hospital Corporation of America. The skills I learned in my academy set me apart to get the intern position but they also kept me interested in my school so I continued to excel. The academies have made a positive mark on myself and my future.
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