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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.

  • Industries

    Arts, Media & Communications Business, Marketing & Information Tech. Engineering, Manufacturing & Industrial Technology Health Hospitality & Tourism Human & Public Services

  • Certifications

    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.

  • College Credit

    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.

  • Advanced Academics

    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.

  • Partnerships

    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.

Our Story

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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