Antioch named Freshman Academy of the Year
On May 12, 2014, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual Academy Awards. Teachers, principals, business partners, and community interest groups came together to celebrate the achievements of the 2013-2014 school year and recognize those schools that have made outstanding gains. The Antioch Freshman Academy consists of one administrator, two guidance counselors, 26 teachers, and 550 freshmen. Antioch's Freshman Academy is focused on assisting students with the transition from middle school to high school, guiding them to their post-secondary opportunities, providing individualized interventions, and preparing the students for their future. Teachers collaborate to address students' academic, behavioral, and social/ emotional needs for the overall goal of improving student achievement. And students' leadership and voice is evident through fishbowl sessions, instructional rounds, HUB visits, and service as school ambassadors. Fewer than one percent of first-year students are considered "at-risk" in all three MNPS indicator categories. In addition to meeting the needs of their current students, the academy leadership team has established the Antioch Cluster Transitional Leadership Team, which is a channel for a collaborative shared vision with feeder middle schools.