LEAD Public Schools is a network of six public charter schools in Nashville, Tennessee that operates both "fresh start" schools and "zoned-enrollment" turnaround schools. From 5th through 12th grades, our schools serve predominantly minority and low-income populations who are likely to be first-generation college attendees. We are the largest charter school provider in one of the nation's most vibrant cities.
Founded in 2007 as LEAD Academy in North Nashville, LEAD Public Schools has grown from a fifth- and sixth-grade school of 92 students to become Nashville's largest charter management organization with six schools serving the needs of more than 2,400 students as of the 2017-2018 school year. The first five graduating classes of LEAD Academy High School -- the first in the school's history -- all earned 100 percent acceptance to college. Our academic success is rooted in the foundation of social-emotional learning programs and practices, including a commitment to Crew and our five Ethos: our students and staff members LEAD because they are COMMITTED, COURAGEOUS, DISCIPLINED, SELF-RELIANT and, above else, they always SERVE OTHERS.
Check out our Senior Signing Day videos for each school year below for more about what a LEAD Public Schools education means to our extended LEAD Family.
LEAD is celebrating its 11th year in Nashville this August with the opening of a brand-new 10th-grade at LEAD Southeast High School, a second year of a fully-converted 5-8-grade LEAD Neely's Bend campus in addition to our schools at LEAD Brick Church, LEAD Cameron, LEAD Southeast and the founding flagship, LEAD Academy. Three of our schools are turnaround schools, meaning we work in partnership with Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) and the Achievement School District (ASD). Three of our schools are fresh-start charter schools.
All of our schools are dedicated to our mission to do whatever it takes to prepare all of our students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in college and in life.
One hundred percent of the seniors in our first five high school graduating classes, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 earned college acceptance and four of our schools have been named Reward Schools for growth (meaning scoring in the top 5 percent statewide) in the last three years. The work we do is hard, but the work we do is vital. All children in all Nashville neighborhood schools deserve the high-quality and equitable educational opportunities we strive to provide provide in partnership with our students and families.