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Academies of Nashville prepares students for professional and collegiate life readiness

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Entering its 11th year in Nashville Metro Schools the Academies of Nashville enable students to answer the question, “Are you life ready?” Most students enter the first year of high school without any idea what being life ready is, but through four years of career related course, college preparation  and a variety of job shadows, internships and project based learning opportunities, students from John Overton High School can adamantly answer “yes” to that question.ncac

What does “Life Readiness” look like at John Overton High School and other Metro Nashville Public School? ‘Being prepared and lifetime of support’ are the two most prevalent phrases that are heard by graduates of this successful curriculum.High school education in Nashville has changed its focus with the implementation of Academies.

MNPS, through the organization, National Career Academy Coalition and a steady focus on the national trend to provide students with more than just academic readiness,  Metro schools committed to methodically providing  students more of the advanced skills they need to be successful, productive citizens in college, career, and life. The business community partnered with Metro Schools to create a national model that schools from around the country come to Nashville to observe and learn more about how the Academy Structure works.


Our Academies allow students to choose a thematic course of study, such as engineering, health care, or International Baccalaureate, and learn in a relevant, hands-on environment with real-world application. Our students learn math, science, English, and social studies in the context of their Academy theme.

Offering both academic and career opportunities creates a small, personalized learning environment where teachers are able to build strong relationships with their students.


CTE teachers, or Career for Technical Education teachers are at the foundation of the applied learning opportunities. Overton offers four academies: Engineering, Event Marketing and Music Performance, Information Technology and Health Sciences.

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Once students choose an Academy, they take a variety of classes in a specific pathway the introduces them to world of that career.

Many students choose to get professional certifications that are offered in their academy, while others, through the academy curriculum learn what careers are interesting and refine their process for choosing a college major.

All students learn 21st Century skills that enable them to become ready for life whether it is in a profession chosen immediately after leaving high school or if it is a career path they’ve chosen to pursue in high education.

All students are taught with the Project Based learning curriculum that enables students to improve their critical thinking and problem solving skills, learn to collaborate and communicate in through using professional market standards. All academies require the use of creativity necessary for solving every day problems.


After 10 years of implementing the NCAC curriculum, the Academies of Nashville are able to document positive results. Students are more engaged in their studies and in their community. They are much more informed about career opportunities because they learn through hands on internships and job shadows. This provides an in-depth understanding of professional and college life that reaches beyond a book in the classroom.



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