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National magazine names Metro Schools a District of Distinction

Thanks to a dramatic rise in graduation rates and the all-around success of the Academies of Nashville, Metro Schools has been named a District of Distinction by “District Administration” magazine. This is a national recognition given to 62 districts in the country. “We are pleased to honor Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools as a District of Distinction,” said JD Solomon, editorial director at District Administration magazine. “Like all our honorees, Metro Schools serves as a model for school leaders across the country.”

The magazine points out the culture of college and career readiness the Academies have built in Metro’s 12 zoned high schools, as recently featured on National Public Radio, as well as the incredible business and community support. To date, more than 300 businesses and non-profits have partnered with the Academies to provide opportunities for experiential learning and teacher training.

[youtube=] To see the Academies of Nashville in action and hear personal testimonials from the students they serve, watch these virtual tour videos.

“Our teachers and principals work very hard to build rich, personalized learning environments for their students, so honors like this are very gratifying,” said Metro Schools Chief Academic Officer Jay Steele. “The Academies of Nashville is a program that is sought after around the world. We regularly host hundreds of educators from the U.S. and other countries to see how we do it and how they can replicate it at home. We are very proud that it has brought more national recognition to Metro Schools through ‘District Administration’ magazine.”