LEAD Academy High School is the flagship school in the LEAD Public Schools network, Nashville’s largest charter management organization with a population of more than 2,400 students. LEAD Academy was founded in 2007 with the promise to do “Whatever It Takes” to ensure that every single graduating senior is accepted to college. LEAD Academy graduated its first senior class in 2014. Since that time, every single graduating class has earned 100 percent acceptance to college. LEAD Academy was a Reward School for Progress in 2015 and is home to two Blue Ribbon teachers (Melissa Martens, 2016; Sarah Best, 2018) who were recognized for teaching excellence in Davidson County by Metro Nashville Public Schools.
Members of our first LEAD senior class are set to graduate college in May of 2018 -- to date, 44% of LEAD’s low-income, minority graduates (from 2014-2016) are persisting at four-year colleges, which is well above the national average of 10%. The school demographics are as follows: 411 students (as of May 2018); 48% Black; 38% Hispanic/Latino; 11% White; 2% Asian. The Exceptional Education population is 13%; the English Language Learner population is 17%,
Located at 1034 First Avenue South in Nashville in the historic Cameron building, LEAD Academy’s mission is to prepare all of our students with the skills necessary to be prepared for college and life.