The graduation requirements for the Academies of Nashville align with the Tennessee Diploma Project, a statewide initiative to improve education throughout Tennessee (overview of the initiative). A new component of the state of Tennessee’s graduation standards requires all students to complete three credits in a focused area of study. Students in the Academies of Nashville fulfill this requirement by choosing a pathway—a series of three related courses focused on a career theme. This focus helps students gain valuable skills and knowledge that will help them pursue their academic and professional goals after high school.
What is a Pathway?
A pathway is a series of three related courses. Students in the Academies of Nashville choose a pathway that allows them to focus on a theme that interests them such as science and engineering, health sciences, finance, or music and entertainment.
Do all students have to choose an academy?
Yes. All zoned high schools in Nashville use the Academies of Nashville model and all students must be in an academy to attend one of these schools.
Does my student have to choose a pathway?
Yes. The pathway allows students to meet the graduation requirement of three elective courses in a related theme.
Metro Nashville Public Schools Graduation Requirements
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED: 22
MATH: 4 Credits, Including Algebra I, II, Geometry, and a fourth higher level math course
SCIENCE: 3 Credits, Including Biology, Chemistry or Physics, and a third lab course
ENGLISH: 4 Credits
SOCIAL STUDIES: 3 Credits
PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND WELLNESS: 1.5 Credits
PERSONAL FINANCE: 0.5 Credit
FOREIGN LANGUAGE: 2 Credits
FINE ARTS: 1 Credit
ELECTIVE FOCUS: 3 Credits in a focused area
CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE: Service-Learning, Research, or Internship (for example)