All students deserve to be safe, known, and to have opportunities regardless of the zip code.

We want you to “Take the LEAD” in your family’s success and be confident in your choice for your child’s education. We want to take this journey with you— so LEAD emphasizes positive, honest and constant communication with you from your child’s first day.

Each LEAD Public School has a Family and Community Engagement Coordinator who serves alongside parents “LEADing the way” to ensure open lines of communication and involvement so you can be confident:


Your child is seen, heard and known.


Your child is prepared for life after school academically, socially, and emotionally.

We’d love to talk more with you! Please do not hesitate to contact Corey Burton at 615-525-1614.

“It has been a great, phenomenal experience for them and myself. LEAD has a passion and a commitment. It’s a dedication. It’s a focus on goals that yous set for each student. It is a family atmosphere. Everyone is working toward the same goal. Everyone is working on the same purpose. I trust them. I’m very protective of Steven and Syeed. I want them in a safe, loving anc caring environment.”

Latashia Anderson, Proud Parent of Syeed and Steven Anderson, Jr.

For the 2019-2020 school year, each of our campuses will host a “Taking the LEAD Celebration.”

We invite all of our parents to come and enjoy this celebration as part of the LEAD family. Attendees will not only receive their welcome to LEAD Swag pack, but will also learn more about how to “Take the LEAD” in your student’s academic experience! We will also discuss the Commitment to LEADership. Stay tuned for dates to your specific campus!

“I chose LEAD because I was familiar with their academic model. My son was struggling at his previous school and I felt LEAD was the best option for him. The school is located in my neighborhood so that was an added benefit. I am excited about LEAD’s mission because it is inclusive to ‘all’. LEAD stands out because the expectation is for every student to go to college and be prepared for life no matter where they come from: their race, ethnicity, gender or financial status.”

Sonya Thomas, Proud Parent of Charles Thornton

Frequently Asked Questions

LEAD is a network of tuition-free, public charter schools serving Nashville, Tennessee. We are a 501(3) nonprofit and open to all students in Davidson County.

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.

“LEAD the Way, Enroll Today!

We believe that parents want:

  1. to be sure that their child is seen, heard and known and
  2. to know that their child is prepared for life after school academically, socially and emotionally.

An application to LEAD Public Schools will not only help you with the two aforementioned points, but also give you the confidence that you are doing what’s best for your child.

Take the first step by either applying directly through the MNPS Optional Schools process or visiting one of our campuses and asking for the Family and Community Engagement Coordinator. All students in Davidson County are eligible; there are no other eligibility requirements.

Applications are open now. Find more information here.

Cameron, Neely’s Bend and Brick Church are also zoned middle schools for their neighborhood clusters — as determined by MNPS. But even if you are not zoned for these schools, you can apply through the optional application.

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 Kickboard 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. 

Parents can volunteer at our campuses, but also through various engagement opportunities as they collect parent participation hours (hours families receive for being involved in their child’s education). Our goal is to meet parents where they are and enable them to be meaningful participants and collaborators in their child’s success. Here are some examples of how our parents gain participation hours: 

  1. Supporting his/her scholar at home with assignments 
  2. Providing parent feedback on day to day operations of our LEAD schools
  3. Attending on-campus and community events 
  4. Engaging in meaningful and intentional conversations with teachers, faculty, and staff throughout the year around their scholar’s educational journey

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

We follow the the Metro Nashville School Calendar. Read the latest school calendar.

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