Academy Showcases demonstrate what makes Metro high schools unique

“When am I ever going to use this?” It’s a common thing students ask themselves while sitting in a class that is seemingly unrelated to what they hope to do in the future. When students can’t see why they need to learn something, they’re less likely to put forth the effort to learn it.

That’s where our high school academies come in.

The Academies of Nashville have redesigned learning in Metro high schools. The easiest way to understand how they work is to compare them to college. If each high school was a university, the Academies of Nashville would be the individual colleges within that university, and the academy pathways would be the programs of study each college offers.

The pathways are what distinguishes our high schools from most others across the county.

There are certain classes that every student must take in high school, but not every student learns the information taught in those classes in the same way. The Academies relate each course to each student’s interests and chosen pathway. They individualize lessons so that students can relate it to something they are interested in, know exactly why they’re learning it and how they will be able to apply that information outside of school.

The Academies of Nashville provide curriculum and instruction that is engaging for students through project-based learning that bridges individual classes. Students in the Academies are given opportunities like early college credit, professional certifications, job shadowing and internships. The goal of this innovative model is to engage kids in learning, prepare them for college and introduce them to careers that are high-paying and in high demand.

What’s even better is that if your child’s zoned high school doesn’t offer an Academy or a pathway that interests them, they have the option to apply to high schools outside of their neighborhoods so that they can attend a school that does. To see what each high school and Academy has to offer or to learn more about the Academies of Nashville, you can check out the schools at our School Choice Festival or visit the high schools during their individual showcases (schedule below.)

High School Showcase Dates and Times

Overton High School | Sept. 7, 2016 | 5:00 p.m. Whites Creek High School | Sept. 9, 2016 | 5:00 p.m. Glencliff High School | Sept. 16, 2016 | 5:00 p.m. Antioch High School | Sept. 22, 2016 | 5:30 p.m. Stratford STEM Magnet | Sept. 23, 2016 | 5:00 p.m. Hunter Lane High School | Sept. 29, 2016 | 6:00 p.m. Cane Ridge High School | Sept. 30, 2016 | 4:00-6:00 p.m. Pearl Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School | Oct. 17, 2016 | 6:00 p.m. Hillsboro High School | Oct. 25, 2016 | 6:00 p.m. McGavock High School | Oct. 25, 2016 | 6:00 p.m. Maplewood High School | Oct. 27, 2016 | 5:30 p.m. Hillwood High School | Oct. 28, 2016 | 5:30 p.m.