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Academies of Nashville

Through their academy, students are exposed to a multitude of career and college opportunities, industry skills, and potential employers by way of classroom speakers, site visits, job shadowing and internships. Families have their choice of more than 39 different academies within the 12 largest neighborhood high schools in MNPS.



Arts, Media & Communications

Business, Marketing & Information Technology

Engineering, Manufacturing & Industrial Technology

Health & Public Services

Hospitality & Tourism


Most of our career pathways offer a nationally-recognized industry certification. In the 2017-2018 school year, 717 students passed these certifications ranging from Autodesk Certified User to a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant.

College Credit

Every single career pathway of student within the Academies of Nashville has an aligned college credit-bearing course. Many career pathways allow students to earn up to 12 hours of college credit in the career area.


Internships and Job Shadowing

Internships allow student to see the realities of a profession or industry and the connections between learning and the real world.

Job shadowing connects students with the real working world and gives them an insider's view of a profession and the everyday duties and responsibilities.

Advanced Academics

In 2017-2018 school year, 2,654 students passed AP exams among the 34 courses offered; 967 students took the Cambridge AICE exam; 337 students passed the International Baccalaureate exam.


Business and community partners are essential factors in preparing students for life after high school and are integral to the educational experiences students receive, including a career exploration fair, industry field trips, and academy showcases. There are more than 350 partners working with our academies.

Our Students


Our Story


Whether it is a student, a teacher, or a business partner, there are thousands of stories of how the Academies of Nashville have impacted lives.

During the 2006-2007 school year, the Academies of Nashville was only a dream—an ambitious, high school transformation effort that would bring together families, educators, and the community to improve our schools. Ten years later, that dream has come to fruition. Graduation rates have increased. Student attendance is at an all-time high. Discipline referrals have significantly dropped. Business engagement in the school system has never been stronger and more powerful. But, there is much more to this success than the statistics alone. It is the stories that touch our hearts. While this Storybook only captures a snapshot of the work and accomplishments of the past decade, it is a reflection of the lives that have been touched and changed because of the Academies of Nashville and Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. We would like to thank our graduates, teachers, administrators, business partners, legislators, families and all of our stakeholders for supporting this effort and the work that is yet to come.


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