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LEAD Academy Focuses On Service, Scholastic Achievement

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nashville has three successful public charter schools.

The newest is LEAD Academy where all of the fifth through seventh graders have one goal when it comes to education.

The school stresses college preparation.

Jeremy Kane, the director and founder, said the missing is for 100 percent college graduation and matriculation.

Kane went door to door more than two years ago in North Nashville to introduce himself and his idea to parents.

"Parents that never graduated from high school or from college are saying, ‘You're telling me my kid can go to college?' And they're seeing that in action," he said.

Seventh grader Alexis Woodward helps fifth graders by tutoring them in earth sciences. She attended another public middle school and said it doesn't compare to LEAD Academy.

"It's like a better chance for everyone to go to college," she said. "Then like at the end of the school year, we get to go on college trips and see what college we actually want to go to.

Meanwhile, LaDarius Hunter is in charge of the school's newspaper. He echoes what Alexis said about this school being a better fit.

"It's fun and I think I'm becoming more smarter. And it's like when I went to other schools, it was like hard to learn because it was a whole lot of noise and fights."

There's no tuition for these students, but they do have to keep their grades up and they all have to be good citizens.

"Here, it's more quiet. We can get our work done and it's friendly," he said.

All of the Academy students have to take part in at least one project that services the community.

LEAD Academy: http://www.leadacademy.org/index.html

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