What To Expect With My Academy

In every grade, Academies of Nashville students are getting college and career preparation.


9th Grade: 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.

10th Grade: Industry Fields Trips

Sophomore students attend industry field trips to to confirm or reevaluate academy choices through real-world experiences.

11th Grade: 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.

12th Grade: 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.

12th Grade: The Capstone Experience

Students participate in Senior Capstone where they complete research related to their academy choice. 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.