Useful Terms To Know

MNPS Specific Terms

  • MNPS:  Metro Nashville Public Schools

  • Capstone: a senior level class that has an organized platform for students to do research and create a product. The four requirements of Capstone are: (1) a 10 page research paper; (2) a product; (3) portfolio that includes documentation of a minimum of 40 hours of experiential learning; and (4) presentation. All seniors are enrolled in Capstone with a few exceptions. This is an MNPS initiative. 

  • Five Characteristics of an MNPS Graduate: (1) a plan for postsecondary education and career; (2) an ACT score of at least 21; (3) a work-based or service learning experience or capstone research project; (4) at least one course completed online for high school or college credit; and (5) college credit and/or a nationally recognized professional certification


  • GPA: Grade Point Average

  • AP: Advanced Placement, classes where a student can earn college credit in core subjects, such as English and math. Can also stand for Assistant Principal or Academy Principal.

  • CTE: Career Technical Education. Examples of CTE classes include: business, agriculture, engineering, medical, and culinary (this is not an all-inclusive list).

  • FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This must be completed before a student is eligible for any financial aid.

  • PBL: Project based learning. This can be within a classroom, within an academy, or within a school across academies. Most involve teachers in various disciplines, not just CTE, within an academy working to teach common themed material and create an end product, i.e. the project.

Other Important Terms

  • Career Fair: A huge event that takes place yearly in the fall that all MNPS freshmen students are taken to. It is at the Music City Center.

  • Experiential learning: Opportunities for students to learn by having experiences outside the classroom. Job shadows, field trips, and internships are all examples of experiential learning for MNPS students.

  • Ambassadors: Student leaders selected via a process to serve their academy and the school. The process includes a teacher recommendation, an application, and an interview. There are typically five selected per academy, and must be in grades 11 or 12. Although we have chosen to have a group of junior ambassadors that serve during their 10th grade year in an effort to train more students in leadership roles. These students conduct tours, attend advisory board meetings for their respective academies, and perform other duties as assigned.