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LEAD Public Schools Culture

LEAD is committed to being part of the solution in Nashville and has made a commitment to double the number of college-ready graduates in Nashville by 2020. LEAD Public Schools, the first Charter Management Organization in Nashville, was founded on the belief that any student can achieve at high levels if given the opportunity.The achievement gap gets the most press, but we believe the real issue is the opportunity gap – the opportunity for each child to attend a high quality school. Faculty and staff are committed to this claim, and are committed to seeing students excel.

The Opportunity Gap

The achievement gap gets the most press, but we believe the real issue is the opportunity gap – the opportunity for each child to attend a high quality school. LEAD is committed to being part of the solution in Nashville and has made a commitment to double the number of college-ready graduates in Nashville by 2020. LEAD Public Schools, the first Charter Management Organization in Nashville, was founded on the belief that any student can achieve at high levels if given the opportunity. Our first school, LEAD Academy, made the bold statement that 100% of our graduates would be accepted to a 4-year college or university and this past spring and we met that audacious goal. Former President Bill Clinton celebrated with us at our Senior Signing Day event (you may view the highlights of this event at www.100percentstory.org.).

LEAD is committed to being part of the solution in Nashville and has made a commitment to double the number of under-resourced Nashvillians that graduate high school ready to succeed in college and prepare for a rewarding career. LEAD currently enrolls 1,600 students, and when existing schools reach full capacity will, enroll 3,620 students. LEAD has made the commitment to graduate 500 college ready seniors per year and will nearly double the rate of under-resourced Nashvillians who graduate college ready (an abysmal 300 per year on average for the entire city) by replicating our success with additional schools in neighborhoods that need quality schools the most.