Seven Metro Nashville Public Schools’ Academies of Nashville programs have received national accreditation, including five that earned the highest designation as “model” academies by the National Career Academy Coalition. Hillwood High School, with a “Triple Crown “ of three model Academies, is Nashville’s first high school to receive the model designation for all academies in the school.
“When we launched the Academies of Nashville, we had high expectations for the program and for the effect on students’ academic performance,” said Jesse Register, director of schools. “We have seen an improvement in graduation rate, student engagement and school climate and now national experts in preparing students for college and career have named several academies as models for the nation.”
The National Career Academy Coalition will honor the five “model” academies at the National Career Academy Conference to be held in Nashville November 8-10, 2012. Each model academy will receive a $1000 check, listing on the national website, and a banner to display in the school.
The model academies to be honored are:
In addition, academies at two other zoned highs schools earned certification. The certified academies are:
- Hillwood High School Model Academies **Triple Crown**
Dr. Steve Chauncy, Executive Principal
- The Academy of Art, Design and Communications
- The Academy of Business and Hospitality
- The Academy of Health Sciences
- McGavock High School Model Academies
Robbin Wall, Executive Principal
- The Gaylord Entertainment Academy of Hospitality/The U.S. Community Credit Union Academy of Business and Finance
- The CMT Academy of Digital Design & Communication
“This national recognition validates the work we are doing to make every student college- and career-ready,” said Jay Steele, associate superintendent of high schools. “We are grateful to our community partners who work with us and our students to ensure our programs are rigorous and relevant. We appreciate these accolades as we continue our work to make every Metro Nashville Public School an outstanding choice for parents.”
- Glencliff High School Certified Academy
Clint Wilson, Executive Principal
- The Academy of Medical Science and Research
- Antioch High School Certified Academy
Dr. Adrienne Battle-Koger, Executive Principal
- The Tennessee Credit Union Academy of Business and Finance
The NCAC’s meticulous evaluation process includes documenting success on 10 national standards. Teachers and business partners worked together to prepare for the national reviews with countless hours of preparation for the coveted recognition.