Founded in 2007, LEAD Academy has grown from a fifth- and sixth-grade school of 92 students to later become Nashville's first charter high school. The first four graduating classes of LEAD Academy High School -- the first in the school's history -- all earned 100 percent acceptance to college. Our academic success is rooted in the foundation of social-emotional learning programs and practices, including a commitment to Crew and our five Ethos: our students and staff members LEAD because they are COMMITTED, COURAGEOUS, DISCIPLINED, SELF-RELIANT and, above else, they always SERVE OTHERS.
Check out our Senior Signing Day videos for each school year below for more about what a LEAD Public Schools education means to our extended LEAD Family.
LEAD Academy is the flagship school of the LEAD Public Schools network -- home to six public charter schools in Nashville, Tennessee that operates both "fresh start" schools and "zoned-enrollment" turnaround schools. From 5th through 12th grades, our schools serve predominately minority and low-income populations who are likely to be first-generation college attendees. We are the largest charter school provider in one of the nation's most vibrant cities.
LEAD is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this 2017-2018 school year with the opening of a brand-new ninth-grade LEAD Southeast High School, a fully-converted 5-8-grade LEAD Neely's Bend campus in addition to our schools at LEAD Brick Church, LEAD Cameron, LEAD Southeast and the founding flagship, LEAD Academy. Three of our schools are turnaround schools, meaning we work in partnership with Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) and the Achievement School District (ASD). Three of our schools are fresh-start charter schools.
All of our schools are dedicated to our mission to prepare all of our students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in college and in life. For more information, check out our college counseling fact sheet below.