Other Advanced Academic Programs

Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID)

AVID trains educators in academic practices that are proven to deliver results from students. The aim is to prepare students for success in high school, college, and a career. AVID puts a special focus on subgroups of students that have historically been underrepresented in higher education.


Schools Offering AVID


Middle Schools

  • DuPont‐Hadley Middle

  • Gra‐Mar Middle

  • John F. Kennedy Middle

High Schools

  • Antioch High (AVID National Demonstration School)

  • Glencliff High

  • Hillsboro High

  • Maplewood High

  • McGavock High

  • Overton High


School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt (SSMV)

The School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt (SSMV) is a free, integrative four‐year program that pairs a select 26 students per grade with Vanderbilt Ph.D. instructors throughout the academic year and summer. This partnership is one of the most prestigious high school programs in the city, and we are very proud of what our students have accomplished through it.

Tennessee Academic Decathlon

The Tennessee Academic Decathlon, established in 1986, is the preliminary qualifying event for the United States Academic Decathlon. During the Decathlon, students work to sharpen their study skills and explore the subjects of music, art, science, literature, social science, math, and economics. Students interested in competing in the Academic Decathlon must form a team of 9, and compete in 10 academic events. Each team will consist of 3 Honor Students (3.750-4.00 GPA), 3 Scholastic Students (3.00-3.74 GPA), and 3 Varsity Students (0.00-2.99 GPA). The competition concludes in February, so that the winner may advance to the next round.