Founded 2007

Grades 9-12

South Nashville

Enrollment: 430


LEAD Academy is opening the 2020-2021 school year remotely with online learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic beginning August 4 and lasting at least through Labor Day (Sept. 7). We worked all summer to make sure our students have high-quality online experiences and we are excited to see our students in this virtual setting. Welcome back!

Please visit our Family Resources page for up-to-date information about our Remote Learning Program as we start the year virtually

All LEAD schools will continue to host Chromebook distribution hours the week of August 10 to ensure that all families have the opportunity to receive a computer for the school year, as well as back-to-school packets and other important information as we start the school year. Chromebooks may be picked up from Monday, August 10 through Friday, August 14 between the hours of 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. More here.

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


7 AP class offerings and multiple dual enrollment credit opportunities


#1 in ACT scores for economically disadvantaged students in traditional or charter MNPS Schools (2017-2018 SY)

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.”

“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 – 7:30am to 2:30pm

1034 First Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37210

(615) 800-8293


(615) 866-1236


  • Student Government
  • Model UN
  • Debate clubs
  • Spoken Words
  • BEATS (After School Music Program)
  • Creative writing
  • Annual Art Showcase
  • Film and Acting
  • Video Game
  • Spanish Club
  • Youth in Government


  • Cross-country
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Cheerleading
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