Academies of Nashville

Alignment Nashville is a Founding Partner of the Academies of Nashville! The Academies of Nashville Sustain A-Team engages a broad range of partners to build long-term buy-in and support for the Academies from every sector of the community. Recent projects have included a reverse job shadow manual and help developing a walkthough rubric to help Academies identify and amplify their stregnths.

Alignment Nashville also houses the Nashville Hub (a Ford Next Generation Learning Hub), which serves as a clearinghouse for resources and expertise Nashville has cultivated on the academy model.

The mission of the Academies of Nashville are to…

ensure high school students will belong to a personalized smaller learning community engaged around interests where relationships are valued. Instruction will be project-based, applied and integrated where meaningful business engagement is evident, post-secondary institutions are involved and the community is supportive. The Academies of Nashville 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.

How are the Academies of Nashville different from traditional high schools?

  • Academies offer the small, personalized environment of a small school.
  • Academies offer applied learning opportunities of themed magnet schools.
  • Academies partner with businesses to solve real-world problems for authentic learning.
  • Academies focus on the 21st Century Skills students need to succeed in college and life.
  • Academies provide a culture of teamwork, critical thinking, communications, collaboration, and creativity.
  • Academies provide rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum.
  • Academies prepare students for college and career.

All students need to be prepared for success in college and career.

Academies of Nashville Alignment Team

  • Donna Gilley, Co-Chair, Metro Nashville Public Schools
  • Samantha Perez, Co-Chair, Nashville Chamber of Commerce
  • Allison Arata, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Leia Buchanan, Country Music Hall of Fame
  • Carl Carter, MNPS
  • Marielle Cummings, NAZA
  • Shoreh Daraei, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Leslie Davis, Music City Center
  • Thommye Davis, MNPS
  • Susan DeRiemer, Meharry Medical College
  • John Doerge, Deloitte
  • Rachel Dyer, Junior Achievement
  • Rashed Fakhruddin, Nashville Electric Service
  • Tiffany Farmer, Adventure Science Center
  • Sherrie Funk, Just Cruisin’
  • Ashford Hughes, Mayor’s Office
  • JK Hunter, Let’s Makeup Company
  • Parker Jeff, Brown & Caldwell
  • Raymond Jenkins, Juvenile Court
  • JR Jernigan, USCCU
  • Bob Kucher, PENCIL
  • Nathalie Lavine, Cheekwood
  • Cheryl Mayes, My Toolbox Consulting
  • Lynne Maynor, Gaylord
  • Darlene McClung, Davidson County Sheriff’s Office
  • Scott Meltzer, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Courtney Morgan, MNPS
  • Dana Morrow, Stansell Electric
  • Renita Perry, MNPS
  • Katie Petrole, The Parthenon
  • Amber Plunkett, MNPS
  • Sarah Roberts, Nashville State Community College
  • Kendrick Robinson, Bridgestone
  • Gena Shearon, Holiday Inn Nashville Vanderbilt
  • Chae Snorten, MNPS
  • Ella Sullivan, Country Music Hall of Fame
  • Reno Thompson, HCA
  • Jason Trimmer, Frist Art Museum
  • Schunn Turner, MNPS
  • Amber Tyus, MNPS
  • Whitney Weeks, HCA
  • Carrie Weir, MNPS
  • Austin White, TN Hospitality & Tourism Association
  • Ellen Zinkiewicz, Opportunity NOW