| May 10, 2016
On May 9, we honored the many accomplishments of our outstanding teachers, principals and public high schools, as well as the businesses that support their success, at the sixth annual Academies of Nashville Awards.
More than 330 educators and business partners attended the awards dinner at Rocketown to celebrate the progress of Metro's 12 zoned high schools and MNPS Virtual School.
MNPS launched the Academies of Nashville in 2006 as a push toward preparing students for college and careers through a more rigorous, relevant curriculum. High school students choose a thematic course of study, such as information technology, health care or engineering, then complete coursework in classes such as math, science, English and social studies in the context of their academy theme. The program has been instrumental in improving attendance and graduation rates, and is now recognized as a national model for high school reform.
A committee composed of school district, Nashville Area Chamber and PENCIL Foundation leadership selected nominees for each of the 15 award categories, and more than 300 educators and business partners voted online. Special thanks to our sponsors: Altria, Deloitte, Fifth Third Bank, Dollar General, Nissan, Saint Thomas Health and the Memorial Foundation.
Congratulations to these ...