7101 Executive Center Dr
#333 First Floor, Part A
Brentwood, TN 37027

Phone: (615) 815-1264


Our schools

Serve grades 5-12

Focus on rigorous academics and student support

Deliver on what families expect

Open to all families who reside in Davidson County



Our Schools


Enrollment Process


Step 1


We accept applications for our initial lottery period from October to February.

To apply to our schools, families must fill out a simple, online application through our enrollment system. In order to be considered for our lottery process, applications must be submitted from the time the application system opens until approximately mid-February.

It does not matter at which point you submit your application during the application window. The only requirement to be included in our random lottery selection process is that you submit by the lottery deadline. Any applications submitted after the lottery deadline will automatically be placed on the waiting list.

Step 2


Students offered a seat at a LEAD school will be chosen through a random lottery selection process that takes place in March.

Families can see the results of the lottery in their Smart Choice portal. Schools will call families and mail a letter home.

Step 3


Once you are accepted into a LEAD school, families will then need to register their child(ren) for that school.

To register, a family will complete a registration packet about their student and submit the following to the campus front office of the school of which you applied:

Student birth certificate

Parent/guardian photo ID

Proof of address

Immunization Records

PLEASE NOTE: You will also have to accept your LEAD seat through MNPS. Families will receive an email from MNPS about a LEAD placement. Log in here and accept your seat. Congratulations, you’re now a part of the LEAD Team and Family!

Step 4


Commitment to LEADership meetings will take place beginning in April for the purpose of on-boarding you to the LEAD Public Schools family.

These meetings will take place throughout the summer, and can also be completed as a part of our “Taking the LEAD” campus events.

Step 5


The first month of school will host back-to-school events for both new and returning families.

These events are meant to build community, and to also welcome everyone back to school. Families will receive transportation, school schedule, and back-to-school information. We look forward to meeting you!



Step 1


LEAD provides the opportunity for families to voice their intentions for the following school year.

We understand that families have a wealth of options in Nashville for their school of choice, and it is our hope that families will continue their enrollment at LEAD. In order to continue your enrollment, families are encouraged to reserve their seat and continue their enrollment with LEAD by completing the re-registration process which will begin in January and include our “LEAD Public Schools Continuation Form.”


Reach out

If you have questions, need help with the application, or would like to schedule a tour, contact the LEAD Public Schools Family Engagement Team.


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LEAD offers student-centered learning environments designed for personal growth to help develop the resilient, ambitious, and ethical leaders the world needs.

We are preparing LEADers who can progress academically, socially and emotionally. We consider the success of the whole individual as we strive for a more connected future.


At LEAD, you matter. To the teachers, and to each other. Creating your own community, together we take on any challenge. Because you are important. To us, your growth is our success and your success is our only goal. Inclusive, collaborative, we live at the heart of the neighborhood. LEAD is a place to spark your curiosity to seek something great, the courage to attempt it, the relationships to support it, and the education to create your future.

LEAD is a family that leans on each other during trying times. Our LEAD Serve Others Stations help LEAD play a role in the resilience, strength, and courage that our families exemplify daily. Even in hard times, LEAD families find a way to make it work. LEAD is proud to partner with families by providing services when needed. We consider this service a part of meeting the needs of families and meeting them where they are. LEAD families and staff in need of assistance complete this form. Members of the LEAD team will follow up to see how to best meet the needs and/or connect recipients with the right resources.

What is a charter school?

A charter school is a free, public school, run by an independent operator, which has been granted greater flexibility in return for greater accountability. In Tennessee, charter schools must be registered nonprofit organizations and operate under a “charter” as approved by the local school district or state.

Where are your schools located?

Our schools are located in North and South Nashville. To see the location of each of our schools, please visit our school pages here

Who can apply to LEAD Public Schools?

There are no entry requirements to attend LEAD Public Schools. Our schools are open to all students in Davidson County in grades 5-12.

What grades are you enrolling this year?

LEAD Cameron— Grades 5-8

LEAD Academy High— Grades 9-12

LEAD Neely’s Bend— Grades 5-8

LEAD Southeast Middle— Grades 5-8

LEAD Southeast High— Grades 9-12

When will I find out if my child has been admitted?

As a public charter school, we are able to enroll families throughout the school year. Once you submit an application, a member of our Family and Community Engagement team will follow up with you within 48 hours to confirm next steps.

Do you provide transportation?

Yes, we provide free transportation services to our LEAD Public Schools families. Transportation is provided based on availability, and the process is initiated by completing an application. Transportation will be based on your current address which you will verify during the registration process.

Do you provide after-school activities like sports and clubs?

Yes! All of our schools have sports teams and a diverse array of clubs and sports. Check out each individual school page to see specifically what is offered.

Do you serve students with special needs or an IEP?

Yes, as a network of free, public charter schools, we remain committed to serving all of Nashville’s families.

How can parents and families get involved at LEAD?

We know that parents and families want to be confident that they are doing what’s best for their child, so our dedicated family and community engagement coordinators at each campus ensure parents and families have open lines of communication with the school and know how to get involved. 

Parent participation is vitally important to success at LEAD! Our goal is to meet parents where they are and enable them to be meaningful participants and collaborators in their child’s success. At LEAD, we track family engagement by measuring the percentage of families that we are able to effectively engage through our family engagement efforts. We have a goal to successfully engage 80% of our families through our family engagement efforts. In maintaining a robust family engagement calendar, and in order to successfully engage our diverse student body, we host activities that engage all of our students and families at their engagement ability. Here are some examples of how our parents gain participation hours: 

  1. Volunteering
  2. Bi-Weekly family Possip survey  
  3. Attendance at on-campus events
  4. Attendance at off-campus events
  5. Supporting your scholar on campus (e.g., birthday celebrations, parent meetings, parent teacher communication) 
  6. Parent/teacher conferences and/or student-led conferences
  7. Providing resources to benefit students and families
  8. Parent experience support – Communication with the campus on how we can do school better. 
  9. Supporting your scholar at home with assignments 
  10. Engaging in meaningful and intentional conversations with teachers, faculty, and staff throughout the year around your scholar’s educational journey

What is the school uniform?

We place a great deal of emphasis on our school culture and maintaining a school environment that is both safe and welcoming to all. Part of that includes how our students dress. Our dress code is:

  1. Pants and skirts that are khaki or navy blue (no sweat pants, joggers, jeans, black, or shorts)
  2. Shirts and blouses with a collar that are green, navy blue, or white.
  3. Plaid skirts are allowed in combinations of our school colors (khaki, navy, and green).
  4. Only LEAD approved outerwear may be worn during school hours and it must be worn with a dress code-approved shirt (if visible)
  5. Hat, hoods, scarfs, and headwraps are not to be worn in school, except for religious purposes.
  6. Sweatshirts, hoodies and t-shirts must be LEAD branded or have a college, university or military logo.
  7. Hoods are not to be worn in academic spaces.

How do I order uniforms?

Families can order uniforms, polos, and sweatshirts online. Feel free to visit our front office if you need to try on merchandise for sizing. We will cover shipping costs on shirts during the “back to school” order period which runs from June 24-August 4. Shirts will be shipped to the schools during this order period, and you are able to pick them up at your convenience. If you have specific questions, you can contact JBD at 704-841-8140 or by email at admin@jbdesigns.com.

What is the school calendar?

We follow the Metro Nashville School Calendar. See the latest school calendar here.



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