Founded 2007

Grades 9-12

South Nashville

Enrollment: 477


Quick Facts

  • Rigorous college preparatory curriculum and instruction
  • College Seminar required all 4 years engages students in applying and choosing their next step after high school
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    6 AP class offerings and multiple dual enrollment credit opportunities

LEAD Academy High School is a free, open-enrolled college preparatory high school with an emphasis on preparing our students with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in college and in life.

In addition to rigorous academics, we strive to create a relationship and opportunity-driven environment for all students. With small class sizes and intentional wrap-around services, we care for the whole student and work to ensure all students can learn in an environment where they feel safe and welcome.

We are proud to offer full-time college counselors and intensive College Seminar for every student. During senior year, each student receives individual guidance tailored to specific needs and interests to ensure they can make a post-secondary decision that is best for them.

Through this continued dedication of our staff and faculty, we have helped a historically underserved community of students and families in Nashville be prepared for college and career.

Our LEAD Ethos is central to everything we do.

“We are LEADers because we are committed, courageous, disciplined, self-reliant and because we serve others.”

Maggie Sneed, Principal

“If you had told me ten years ago I would be in a doctoral program, I would’ve said you’re crazy! After completing my PhD, I plan to attend optometry school. I hope to one day develop a prosthetic eye, have my own lab and do my own research. I can only believe LEAD made the difference.”

Tyree Williams, LEAD Academy 2014 graduate, Fisk University 2018 graduate, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute PhD candidate

School Information

School Hours
Mon – Fri – 7:05am to 2:30pm

1034 First Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37210

Phone                                Fax
(615) 800-8293                  (615) 866-1236

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  • Anime Club
  • Beats / Songwriting
  • Book Club
  • Car Club
  • Card/Board Games
  • Chess
  • Cooking
  • Crochet
  • Debate
  • Drama
  • Embroidery
  • Futsai
  • Guitar
  • Hair
  • Outdoor Adventure
  • Robotics
  • Serving Others
  • Skateboarding
  • Video Games
  • Walking
  • Weight Training
  • Yearbook


  • Bowling
  • Girls Volleyball
  • Girls and Boys Cross Country
  • Girls and Boys Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Girls and Boys Track
  • Bowling
  • Girls Volleyball
  • Girls Soccer
  • Girls and Boys Cross Country
  • Girls and Boys Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Girls and Boys Track

*Lead Academy also co-ops with James Lawson High School for football and East Nashville for other sports options.


  • 9-12 Seminar
  • Art
  • Journalism
  • Spanish
  • School-day and after- school tutoring
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