Frequently Asked Questions
LEAD Public Schools is a Nashville-based charter school network that operates six schools – both open and zoned enrollment – in grades 5-12. We are proud to serve a diverse population of students, and our mission is to prepare ALL students to be ready for college and ready for life.
- LEAD Public Schools is transforming . . . People. Schools. Communities. Futures. – We believe all children deserve a high-quality education that prepares them to excel in college or a career — no matter their zip code. We carefully cultivate an environment, through our people and our schools, that ensures each of our students has access to the tools and resources required to put them on a pathway to success. Whether our students decide to attend a four-year university, a two-year certificate program, or enter the workforce, they graduate from LEAD prepared to pursue the future of their choosing.
- We meet each one of our students where they are. We do not hand select our students – we serve students in the communities where our schools are located. We have been able to improve the educational experience and outcomes for students who have been traditionally underserved.
- Our students come from the communities surrounding our schools. Our neighborhood schools outperform the local district and state average on multiple measures.
- Our students defy low expectations and surpass the odds. They graduate fully prepared to excel in college or a career.
- LEAD strives to be 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. Because even in hard times, LEAD families find a way to make it work. LEAD as a network 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 Family Engagement team will follow up to see how to best meet the needs and/or connect recipients with the right resources.
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.
There are no entry requirements to attend LEAD Public Schools. Our schools are open to all students in Davidson County in grades 5 through 12.
We participate in the MNPS Optional Schools process and as a public charter school 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.
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.
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.
Yes, as a network of free, public charter schools we remain committed to serving all of Nashville’s families.
All parents are provided weekly updates on their child’s progress through parent portals. We communicate weekly with parents about what is happening in the school and each school also holds quarterly parent nights.
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! For students to learn, they must be present, in class, and engaged in the work, every single day. We want to do more than simply include families. In order to be a successful school and to have a strong student culture, we must meaningfully engage the families of our students.
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 engages all of our students and families at their engagement ability. Here are some examples of how our parents gain participation hours:
- Parent Volunteering
- Bi-Weekly Family Possip Survey
- Attendance at On-Campus Events
- Attendance at Off-Campus Events
- Supporting their scholars on campus (i.e. Birthday Celebrations, Parent Meetings, Parent Teacher Communication)
- Parent/Teacher Conferences and/or Student-Led Conferences
- Resource Cultivation – Providing Resources to benefit students and families.
- Parent/Customer Experience Support – Communication with the campus on how we can do school better.
- Supporting his/her scholar at home with assignments
- Engaging in meaningful and intentional conversations with teachers, faculty, and staff throughout the year around their scholar’s educational journey
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. We have made changes to our dress code that we will enforce on the first day of school. The highlights are as follows:
- Pants and skirts that are khaki or navy blue (no sweat pants, joggers or jeans, no black, no shorts)
- Shirts and blouses with a collar that are (green, navy blue, or white)
- Plaid skirts are allowed in combinations of our school colors (khaki, navy and green)
- Only LEAD approved outerwear may be worn during school hours and it must be worn with a dress code-approved shirt (if visible)
- Hat, hoods, scarfs, and headwraps are not to be worn in school, except for religious purposes
- Sweatshirts, hoodies and t-shirts must be LEAD branded or have a college, university or military logo.
- Hoods are not to be worn in academic spaces
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 to August 4th. 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 email@example.com.
Email our enrollment team with additional questions or to schedule a tour.
LEAD Cameron – Jennifer Salamanca at jennifer.salamanca@
LEAD Neely’s Bend – Camilo Villalba at camilo.villalba@
LEAD Brick Church – Kiera Vaden at kiera.vaden@leadpublicschools.
LEAD Academy High School – Sean Williams at sean.williams@
LEAD Southeast Middle School – Marta Sanchez at marta.sanchez@
LEAD Southeast High School – Cierra Tutton at cierra.tutton@