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14 Metro schools named Reward Schools, rank among the top five percent statewide

Reward Schools list includes 6 charters, 5 magnets, 2 zoned schools and 1 non-traditional school

Apollo Middle Prep

Fourteen Metro schools placed in the top five percent of public schools statewide for academic achievement, growth or both, according to the Tennessee Reward Schools list released by the Tennessee Department of Education today. The list of Metro Schools represents a mix of charter schools, magnet schools and zoned schools.

Reward schools earn recognition for performance, meaning very high raw achievement scores, or progress, meaning a large increase in scores from year to year. Two of the schools made the Reward list for both performance and progress, placing them in the upper echelons of schools statewide – Liberty Collegiate Academy, a charter school in East Nashville, and MNPS Middle College High School, a non-traditional school located on the campus of Nashville State Community College.

“This is a great way to start the school year. It validates the work our teachers are doing and gives us great momentum going into the first day of school,” said Interim Director of Schools Chris Henson. “We have been visiting with teachers over the last several days, encouraging them to continue this steady progress. Having such high recognition for so many of our schools is evidence that they are helping improve educational opportunities for students of all backgrounds and from all areas of Nashville.”

The district’s 2014-15 Reward Schools are:

  • Glendale Elementary Spanish Immersion Elementary School – Performance
  • Lockeland Elementary Design Center – Performance
  • Percy Priest Elementary School – Performance
  • Meigs Magnet Middle Prep – Performance
  • Hume-Fogg Magnet High School – Performance
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet School – Performance
  • Liberty Collegiate Academy – Performance & Progress
  • MNPS Middle College High School – Performance & Progress
  • Apollo Middle Prep – Progress
  • Intrepid College Preparatory School – Progress
  • KIPP Academy Nashville – Progress
  • Lead Academy – Progress
  • LEAD Prep Southeast – Progress
  • New Vision Academy – Progress

Five of these schools are on the Reward list for the first time:

  • Apollo Middle Prep has been on the road of steady improvement for five years and has made incredible gains in all three tested subjects – 30 percentage points in math, 25 percentage points in science and nine percentage points in reading – with more than 86 percent of its student population coming from economically disadvantaged homes.
  • MNPS Middle College High School, located on the Nashville State Community College campus, has been quietly building its reputation as a top-tier Nashville high school where students can earn high school diplomas and dozens of college credits simultaneously. Last year alone, 68 students earned 883 college credits, 2 associates degrees and 2 general education certifications before actually graduating from high school.
  • Three Metro charter schools are also first timers on the Reward list. LEAD Academy, LEAD Prep Southeast and Intrepid College Prep are all being recognized for growth in student achievement. All three also serve student populations with more than 75 percent coming from economically disadvantaged homes.

The other eight schools returned to the list for at least a second year in a row, including five magnet schools and two charter schools.

“We are proud of all of these schools,” said Henson. “They represent the story that is being told in more than 160 schools district-wide. We are a district on the rise, and we will not stop until every child in Nashville has the chance for a world-class education.”