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LEAD Academy High School is a college-preparatory high school with an emphasis on preparing our students with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in college and in life.

LEAD Academy High School was founded in 2007 on the promise of 100% college acceptance for all graduating seniors. We offer a rigorous and relevant curriculum and instructional program for students in grades 9-12. We strive to create a relationship and opportunity driven environment for all students. Through the continued dedication of our staff and faculty, we have helped a historically underserved community of students and families in South Nashville achieve 100% college acceptance for five straight years, with our students also growing faster academically than their peers across Tennessee during the 2017-2018 school year.

LEAD Academy High School offers a variety of sports, programs and clubs - cross-country, basketball, soccer, volleyball and cheerleading; along with student government, Model UN, chess, and debate clubs, Spoke word, BEATS (an after school music program), LeadHERs, creative writing and coding. LEAD Academy has a strong art program that features an annual art showcase in a local exhibit. In addition, we have seven AP class offerings and dual credit opportunities for our juniors and seniors preparing for college.

LEAD Academy High School is a part of the LEAD Public Schools network, founded in 2007 on the belief that any student can achieve at high levels if given the opportunity. Our mission is to prepare every student with the knowledge and necessary skills to be “Ready for College, Ready for Life.” With two high schools and four middle schools, LEAD is Nashville’s largest public charter schools network, serving over 2,400 students across the city.   

As part of the LEAD Network, LEAD Academy students benefit from best in class curriculum and practices:
  • We provide students with the tools and skills necessary to prepare them for college and for life including a seminar style curriculum, interview skill and soft skill courses, conflict resolution classes and many others.
  • All our students and teachers practice the LEAD Ethos every day: “We are LEADers because we are committed, courageous, disciplined, self-reliant and because we serve others.”
  • Beginning in fifth grade, students have the opportunity to visit college campuses where they can learn about different college programs and begin exploring the best fit to help them continue their education and achieve their goals.
  • Each year, we flip the script on parent-teacher conferences. Students lead the conversation by providing an update to a teacher or family member on their goals and progress. It builds ownership of their academic goals and confidence in professional communication environments.

LEAD Academy Fact Sheet 2018-2019