Tie for 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.  Academy of the YearFor the first time ever, two academies tied for the Academy of the Year. Congratulations to McGavock High School's Aegis Sciences Corporation Academy of Health Science and Law and Overton High School's Academy of Engineering.

McGavock High School Aegis Science Corporation Academy of Health Science and Law

The Aegis Science Corporation Academy of Health Science and Law is committed to advancing health science and law education to build a better community. Teams focus on ensuring success by analyzing data and using it for continuous improvement, and meetings are purposeful and focused around student achievement. Because they know how their students learn best, teachers have embraced project-based, interdisciplinary teaching and learning. Working cohesively with business partners, they have achieved 100 percent participation in industry tours and job shadowing, as well as numerous capstone projects and internships. Several academy students are enrolled in dual-credit and dual-enrollment courses and are earning industry certifications. Even with nine new teachers last year, the academy committed to working collaboratively and undergoing the accreditation process, earning a perfect score! This academy was invited to present at the 2013 NCAC conference and was able to showcase their work for Ford Hub guests and other school teams. It was officially named and branded by academy partner Aegis Sciences Corporation on March 11.

Overton High School Academy of Engineering

Built on a firm foundation of strong partnerships with LP Building Projects and Stantec Consulting, the Overton Academy of Engineering has grown by leaps and bounds over the past few years, earning the NCAC model academy status in 2013. The academy continues to expand opportunities for students by partnering with Vanderbilt University School of Engineering and Trevecca Nazarene University Urban Farm and offering interdisciplinary lessons combined with trips to LP Field, the Parthenon, Percy Priest Dam, and an LP manufacturing plant. The academy continues to host successful TSA and FFA clubs, as well as sponsoring the state champion VEX Robotics Team. Although their focus is on math and science, the academy strives to improve literacy as well in every class, every day. Most importantly, engineering students know they are part of a team that includes teachers, students, partners, parents, and administrators who care about each other and value rigorous academics and live-based learning experiences.