Over the past 18 months, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce has hosted a series of VIP Tours for community leaders to see firsthand the transformation of Metro’s 12 zoned high schools into the Academies of Nashville. Four of the six scheduled VIP Tours for the current school year have taken place, with a March tour of Overton High School and an April tour of Hunters Lane High School completing the series in 2013. For this year’s tours, we’ve issued a special invitation to principals of elementary schools, middle schools and optional schools. So far, 31 MNPS principals have participated in the four tours this school year.
In addition, Nashville business leaders shared the details of their academy partnerships with tour participants. Bill Lee, CEO of Lee Company, and Dawn Rudolph, CEO of St. Thomas Hospital—both members of the Chamber’s CEO Champions—talked about their work with Cane Ridge High School and Maplewood High School, respectively. Danielle Taylor of Warner Music talked about the country’s first student-run record label at Pearl-Cohn High School. Faith community leaders as well as elected officials were visible tour participants, with 11 Metro Council members, five school board members and three state legislators attending the fall 2012 tours.
If you are interested in participating in one of the final two Academy VIP Tours at Overton or Hunters Lane, contact Rita McDonald at 743-3000.
To view a quick video or download pictures from each of the 2012 tours, click on the links below.
Hillwood High School: Photos
Cane Ridge High School: Photos
Maplewood High School: Photos
Pearl-Cohn High School: Photos
| Video Cane Ridge academy ambassador Mazi Byrd leads a tour while CEO Champion Bill Lee listens. District Lead Principal Elaine Fahrner talks with Pearl-Cohn students Gerald Harris and Treasure West.