LEAD Public Schools officially announced today that the LEAD Academy Class of 2017 is the fourth consecutive group of seniors to earn 100 percent acceptance to college.
To date, every single LEAD Academy graduating class has attained this honor.
“We are so proud of our students,” said School Director Nic Frank. “For many, this journey began in fifth-grade. Our kids and families have worked tirelessly since then to embrace our Ethos and lead our school. Our teachers and college counseling staff continue to support our students so that they are in the best positions to find success, both now and in the future.”
The seniors were honored this past Friday, March 31, with a surprise announcement inside the gym in the historic Cameron building on First Avenue South at the conclusion of the spring pep rally. Alumnus Richard Briley made the announcement to the entire student body.

“This year’s senior class is continuing a LEAD tradition with its dedication and commitment – the hallmark of what we do is to prepare our students to be college- and life-ready,” said CEO Chris Reynolds. “Our college counseling department at LEAD Academy does a phenomenal job working with our seniors to identify the best fit for them when they apply to colleges and when they embark on the next chapter of their educational journey. We are beyond proud of their work.”

Friday’s surprise announcement marked the beginning of a host of events celebrating the senior class’ accomplishments.This Thursday, LEAD will host the annual College Breakfast at the Music City Center and on May 17, LEAD’s annual Senior Signing Day returns to Belmont University — there, the senior class members will publicly declare where they will attend college. Graduation takes place the following day.

Finally, LEAD received word this past month that the high school has been selected as the Tennessee College and Career Transition Award recipient for the ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign.  

Established in 2013, the annual ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign celebrates achievement and creates awareness around the goal of college and career readiness for all. ACT developed the Campaign to shine a light on the individuals and institutions doing more with less, overcoming personal or community obstacles, and serving as examples to others working to improve the condition of college and career readiness for all.

For the Class of 2017’s commitment, discipline, courage and self-reliance, all LEADers shoutout!