Antioch and Whites Creek Continue to set the National Standard

Five more Metro Academies rank among the nation’s best

It’s becoming an annual tradition in Metro Schools. For the third year in a row, we are proud to announce another group of high school Academies earning “model status” from the National Career Academy Coalition (NCAC). This is the highest designation for a high school academy, and another signal that Metro Schools continues to rise as a district for others to emulate.

Five more Academies have been named national models, bringing the district’s total to 14. This status is only given after a rigorous application and review process that measures Academy structure and performance against national standards of practice. It means these schools and their Academies are among the best in the country and will be held up as models for other schools to follow.

The new Model Academies are:

  • The Academy of Community Health, Whites Creek High School
  • The Academy of Automotive Technology and Design, Antioch High School
  • The Academy of Hospitality and Marketing, Antioch High School
  • The Tennessee Credit Union Academy of Business and Finance, Antioch High School
  • The Academy of Teaching and Service, Antioch High School

“After such a banner year for the Academies of Nashville, this is a great way to end the school year,” said Director of Schools Dr. Jesse Register. “The Academies office has led these schools with a strong vision for what students need to be college and career ready. Thanks to the hard work of school faculty and our incredible business partners, more and more of our schools are offering world-class program for students.”

With this designation, Antioch is now the third Metro high school with wall-to-wall model Academies, meaning every Academy in the school has model status. The other two are Hillwood and McGavock High Schools. It also means that with a total of 14, a third of the Academies of Nashville have model status.

“We are so pleased to offer only model Academies to our students,” said Antioch principal Dr. Adrienne Battle-Koger. “Whatever pathway students choose to follow, they will be getting the very best in college and career prep. Our goal at Antioch High School is to offer rigorous and nationally recognized programs to support our students, which is becoming the norm in MNPS high schools.

These are the first model Academies at both schools, though the Tennessee Credit Union Academy of Business and Finance at Antioch received accreditation from NCAC in 2012. All five Academies will be honored at the NCAC national conference in Washington, D.C. this October.

“This is fantastic news for our students, schools and communities,” said Board of Education Chair Cheryl Mayes. “As a parent, school board member and business partner in the Academies of Nashville, I have seen firsthand the short and long term benefits of how these programs will better prepare our students for college and career through job shadowing, internships and resume writing opportunities – not to mention the hands on classroom interactions with business partners. The Academies are a great opportunity for our students to gain real world experiences before leaving high school.”

Board of Education Vice Chair Anna Shepherd added, “Having a front row seat at McGavock High School during their accreditation process for their Academies, I know that this is quite a feat for Antioch and Whites Creek. Congratulations are due to these teams and high schools.”

At Whites Creek, the Academy of Community Health gives students hands on experience in the medical field, including diagnostic and therapeutic services, as well as healthcare business management. In a city that has become one of the healthcare capitals of the country, those skills will prove invaluable.

Whites Creek also boasts the Academy of Energy, Sustainability and Logistics, where students can work on alternative energy projects like producing biodiesel, ethanol and solar energy, and the Academy of Education and Law, with pathways in law enforcement and teaching. On top of providing students with national model Academies, Whites Creek is also a Cambridge School, offering one of the best advanced academics programs in the world.

“As we like to say, the Creek is rising, and our teachers’ dedication to students is the reason why,” said Dr. James Bailey, principal of Whites Creek. “Because of them, Whites Creek students will succeed no matter where they go after graduation.”

Antioch High School is an International Baccalaureate (IB) candidate school with hopes to offer IB starting next year. At last week’s Academies of Nashville Awards, the school won:

  • Academy Teacher of the Year (CTE or Thematic Pathway) – James Anderson, Academy of Automotive Technology and Design
  • Academy Partnership of the Year (Health and Public Services) – Frist Center for the Visual Arts and the Academy of Teaching and Service
  • Freshman Academy of the Year