All students will belong to a personalized, smaller learning community engaged around interests where relationships are valued. Instruction will be project-based, applied and integrated. Meaningful business engagement will be evident and post-secondary institutions will be heavily engaged.

MNPS high schools will be world-class schools that graduate college- and career-ready students in partnership with the community. MNPS will be a district that emerges as a trend-setter in innovative practices where all students have the highest level of education and exposure to post-secondary education, career opportunities, and real-life experiences.

What is an Academy?


Recognized by the White House as a national high school transformation model, the Academies of Nashville provide students with one of the best college and career prep experiences in the nation. Students have a choice of 36 different academies within the largest 12 neighborhood high schools offering a practical, hands-on approach to learning in fields that interest them ranging from engineering to healthcare.

The Academies empower students through career exposure so they can make timely, informed decisions and discover their true passions while earning early college credit and nationally recognized industry certifications. General education content is taught through the lens of their academy while more than 350 business and community partners provide authentic experiential learning opportunities at every level. 

The Academies enable students to learn through the lens of a career or academic theme in a highly personalized learning community. Through their academy, students are exposed to a multitude of careers and opportunities, industry skills, and potential employers by way of classroom speakers, site visits, job shadowing and internships.

The Academies of Nashville fall within five broad career groupings: (1) Arts, Media & Communications; (2) Business, Marketing & Information Technology; (3) Engineering, Manufacturing & Industrial Technology; (4) Health and Public Services and (5) Hospitality & Tourism.

The Best of Both Worlds

While enrolled in their academy, students can complete their choice of advanced academic classes, honors and global arts and music courses. Every pathway within the 39 academies offer pathway dual credit and often an industry certification. In addition to the academy pathway courses, students can earn early post-secondary opportunities through Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Cambridge, or Dual Enrollment through their general education courses.

Opportunities Beyond the Classroom:

We give our students every opportunity to learn about their areas of interest. At the Academies of Nashville, our students experience:

  • Career Exploration Fair: Freshman have the opportunity to talk to industry professionals from more than 400 different career areas and attend at least one college visit. In Freshman Academy, students receive classes through a core team of teachers that share students to provide supports for student achievement.

  • Industry Fields Trips: Sophomore students attend industry field trips to to confirm or reevaluate academy choices through real-world experiences

  • Job Shadowing: Junior students gain insight into the daily realities of their professions of interest. Students complete a one-day job shadowing experience where they observe professionals in a career area related to their academy.

  • Internships: Senior level students participate in hands-on experience where they can see the importance of their studies first-hand and form valuable connections with industry professionals

Our Academies Offer:

  • Rigor: All students form a deeper understanding of required academic subjects, electives and specialized courses to prepare them for college.

  • Relevance: Teachers incorporate real-world examples into all academic and specialized courses. In the Academies of Nashville, we strive for every student to participate in at least one experiential learning activity every year of high school. Experiences are designed to build upon one another in order to narrow a student’s postsecondary focus.

  • Relationships: Students share smaller personalized environments with classmates with common interests and a team of teachers who serve as their advocates.

  • Readiness: Connections with business and community partners provide students with 21st Century skills for post-secondary and career success.