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For LEAD Academy senior LaShonda Price, the opportunity to join Girls State this past summer allowed her to step outside of her comfort zone as a person and a student.

In a word, LaShonda called it transforming.

“Girls State is just an overall wonderful experience in which girls who are shy or are uninformed about their roles as citizens can blossom and learn about government,” she said. “This experience assisted me in getting ready for the college application process by allowing to see that my opinion matters – at the end of the day it is me who has to attend the college.”

LaShonda, who hopes to attend Vanderbilt University or Belmont University after graduation, was one of 570 female high school students from across Tennessee who participated this summer in the 70th session of the American Legion Auxiliary Volunteer Girls State (ALA VGS) in Nashville.

The nonpartisan program is offered annually to rising seniors from across the state. Founded in 1947, it focuses on citizenship, voting and teamwork. 

“We could not be more proud of LaShonda’s demonstrated leadership and courage to run for office,” said Ms. Courtney McEwen, LEAD Academy’s alumni coordinator and one of the college counselors who nominated LaShonda for the program.

LaShonda took on the role of city attorney during the session, where she learned firsthand about what skills are needed to do the job. She also achieved her own personal goal.

“Why would a quiet girl from LEAD Academy High School choose such a job?” she said. “Honestly it was because when I left the program I wanted to be able to feel as though my opinion matters, and that my shyness was only an obstacle that I had to overcome.”

For more information about Girls State, please visit the group’s website. For pictures and more from this year’s program, please visit this link.






LEAD Academy held its first Pep Rally inside the Cameron gym on Tuesday and officially kicked-off the 2016-2017 fall sports season with a celebration of the students. 

"Here at LEAD, we have one goal: and that's to make it to and through college," said Dierra Swanson, opening the rally before more than 350 of her peers. "You can get involved in sports. You can get involved in clubs. Encourage each other. Join together."

She then turned the mic over to new School Director Nic Frank.

"I want to acknowledge Dierra for exemplifying one of our Ethos in that she was courageous," Mr. Frank said. "She just got down here in front of 360 students and she spoke with a lot of passion and she spoke with confidence." 

Frank then outlined his excitement for the school year. 

"Our goal is always the same: that’s to get you prepared for college and for life," he said. "The community we have at LEAD; it’s the small community feel. It’s the close friendships and the supportive teachers. The same thread that brings us all together is that supportive environment, that college focus and what it means to be a LEAD student. So get out there, get involved. It’s high school. It should be fun, but you also have a job to do when you show up everyday and that’s to get prepared for your future."

For photos from the Pep Rally, check out our network's Facebook page!

Welcome Back!

August 15, 2016

To all our LEAD Academy students and families: welcome back! We are so excited to share our new home with Cameron: A LEAD Public School in South Nashville. Stay tuned for news stories, updates and other interesting tidbits as we continue on with the 2016-2017 school year! Go, Panthers! 

The 2016-2017 school year ended on Friday, May 27. Thank you to all of our LEAD Academy students and families for your ongoing to support as we strive to provide a high-quality, equitable education to families across Nashville and Davidson County.

We wish all of our families a happy and safe summer and we cannot wait to see you back in school at our new location at 1034 First Avenue South on Wednesday, August 3! 

We debuted our latest Senior Signing Day video on the last day of school. To view it, please visit this link.