Choosing an Academy
High school is a very important time for you to explore your options and build important relationships in and out of school. Students, this guide is for you! Use this guide as a reference to begin thinking about your future. We hope you find it helpful as you navigate your choices for high school and think about important milestones and opportunities that will prepare you for college, career, and life beyond the walls of MNPS.
Information for students
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Preparing for College and Career
Recognized by the White House as a national high school transformation model, the Academies of Nashville provide students with one of the best college and career prep experiences in the nation.
Academies allow students to choose a course of study based on a specific thematic or academic focus. Students choose an academy based upon their interest and participate in industry-related field trips, a job shadowing experience, an internship and a capstone project. Along with core content classes, students will take at least one career and technical class each semester that is aligned with the academy’s focus.
You have a choice of 36 different academies within the largest 12 neighborhood high schools in Nashville offering a practical, hands-on approach to learning in fields that interest you.
You start in Freshman Academy, where you learn about what’s expected of you in high school. You take YouScience, which helps you explore your natural aptitudes and talents. You also go to the district’s career exploration fair and visit a local college or university.
Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSThrough the Academies you get career exposure so you can make an informed decision about what you want to do once you leave high school. In the four years you will be with us, you explore career pathways and advanced classes while earning early college credit and nationally recognized industry certifications. In every grade, you’ll meet awesome business and community partners who will show you what the day-to-day is like for careers through special learning opportunities.
Choosing an Academy
The Academy selection process is driven by you, the student. During your freshman year you will learn about all the Academies in Metro Schools.
In the spring semester you will meet with your high school counselor and select the Academy that you will be part of beginning in the fall of your sophomore year. And that’s it. It’s your future, your way!
Metro Schools wants you to graduate from high school on time, so we want to make sure you get the most of your Academy experience. If for some reason you change your mind or decide that Academy you originally chose isn’t right for you, you can make the switch one time during your sophomore year. You can also attend an Academy at a school outside of your zone by completing the school choice application.
More about Freshman Academy
The majority of high school dropouts occur between freshman and sophomore year. Our goal is to mitigate this by building on existing partnership within the schools and providing stronger engagement opportunities within the academy. We believe that sustained involvement throughout all four years will lead to students that are relationally connected to business partners, their academy, and their school.
All 9th grade students are a part of the Freshman Academy at their school. Freshman Academy is structured as a small learning community. Therefore, the students are grouped near each other throughout the day (in the same hallway or part of the school), and all students attend Freshman Seminar. In Freshman Seminar, students explore Career and College readiness. This starts with taking a YouScience aptitude assessment.
The assessment helps students to identify where their strengths lie. They use this information to help them tailor their Career Exploration Fair experiences, and to explore the pathways that are available to them prior to choosing their pathway in the spring. They also have the opportunity to learn about all of the pathways and academies in their school. Lastly, they also go on a college visit during freshman year in order to get more information on the college experience.
The My Future. My Way. Career Exploration Fair is held in the fall. All 9th grade students are invited and encouraged to attend. Exhibitors from local business are grouped according to the industry areas that complement the YouScience aptitude assessment structure as well as TN Department of Education career pathway structures, these include:
Students spend approximately an hour at the Career Exploration Fair, in which time they interview exhibitors in industry areas that are of interest to them. There are typically over 125 vendors, so the students have a lot to choose from! From there, students take the information that they learn about these various professions to help inform their college and career readiness plans that will help to guide them throughout their high school careers.
College visits are also a part of Experiential Learning in the Freshman Academy experience. Students will tour a local college during the spring to learn more about college life and entrance requirements.
To to Choose an Academy
So how do I choose my Academy? When choosing your pathway to graduation, take in consideration your interests, learning style, favorite subjects and plans after high school. Talk to any high school counselor if you have any questions about the Academy selection process. Here are some questions to ask yourself when choosing an Academy:
Questions to ConsiderHere are some additional questions to ask yourself and to help you have informed conversations about choice and options:
Culture & Climate
What to Expect
Freshman have the opportunity to talk to industry professionals from more than 400 different career areas and attend at least one college visit. In Freshman Academy, students receive classes through a core team of teachers that share students to provide supports for student achievement.
Sophomore students attend industry field trips to to confirm or reevaluate academy choices through real-world experiences.
Junior students gain insight into the daily realities of their professions of interest. Students complete a one-day job shadowing experience where they observe professionals in a career area related to their academy.
Senior level students participate in hands-on experience where they can see the importance of their studies first-hand and form valuable connections with industry professionals.
Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSStudents participate in Senior Capstone where they complete research related to their academy choice. The four requirements of Capstone are: (1) a 10 page research paper; (2) a product; (3) portfolio that includes documentation of a minimum of 40 hours of experiential learning; and (4) presentation. All seniors are enrolled in Capstone with a few exceptions. This is an MNPS initiative.
Useful Terms and Information to Know
MNPS Specific Terms
Other Important Information
School Tours Checklist
Checklist - Touring a School
Tour Tuesdays You (and your family) can show up at any Metro school on designated dates and times set by the district, and take a tour. Tour Tuesday dates and times can be found at mnps.org.
Scheduled Visits You can call schools directly to schedule an appointment. School phone numbers are listed on schools.mnps.org. Visiting schools is the best way to really get to know the school. It’s your time to ask questions, see inside classrooms, meet students, shake hands with the principal, and ultimately, see if the school feels right for you. Use the checklist below as you tour.
Virtual Tours If you can't visit a school in person, check out our high schools’ online tours by looking at virtual tours on the
You also can use this checklist to help you make a decision:
School Building & Features
Culture & Climate
Questions To Ask Teachers & Principals
Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSTo learn more about the student organizations and extra-curricular activites offered at each high school,
Antioch High School
Located in Antioch/Southeast Nashville, is home to four career academies.
Cane Ridge High School
Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSLocated in South Nashville, is home to four career academies.
Glencliff High School
Located in Southeast Nashville, is home to three career academies.
Hillsboro High School
Located in the Green Hills area, is home to three career academies.
Hillwood High School
Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSLocated in West Nashville, is home to three career academies.
Hunters Lane High School
Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSLocated in Northeast Nashville, is home to three career academies.
Maplewood High School
Located in Northeast Nashville, is home to two career academies.
McGavock High School
Located in the Donelson neighborhood of Nashville, is home to four career academies.
John Overton High School
Bắn Cá Hải Tặc iOSLocated in Southwest Nashville, is home to four career academies.
Pearl-Cohn High School
Located in Northwest Nashville, is home to two career academies.
Stratford High School
Located in East Nashville, is home to two career academies.
Located in Northwest Nashville, is home to one career academy.