Tennessean article recognizes Academies’ role in declining dropout rate

Julie Hubbard’s article “Nashville school district sees decline in dropout rate” credits nontraditional schools, such as the Academy at Old Cockrill, and the Academies of Nashville with the significant decline in the dropout rate in MNPS high schools. The article points out that Nashville’s dropout rate in 2007 was seven percent; last year, it was two percent, in line with the average of the counties in the Middle Tennessee region. The Academies of Nashville are using interdisciplinary, project-based curricula to connect students with their interests in the classroom. This approach to real-world learning helps students see the relevance of their studies and the value of their education.

Hubbard’s article focuses on the incredible gains made at Glencliff High School over the past few years. She writes, “Nearly 20 percent of Glencliff students were absent on any given day a few years ago. It’s now 2 percent.” By providing relevance and context for academic studies, the Academies of Nashville convince students that achieving a solid education is an important step in securing their professional and financial future.

The article also notes that the Academies of Nashville program is gaining a national reputation for excellence in high school reform. Just recently, Nashville hosted educational leaders from around the country at the Nashville Study Visit, a representative from the U.S. Department of Education visited Hillwood High School, and the city will host the National Career Academy Coalition Conference in November.

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