Mayor Megan Barry and school officials held a “ground rising” ceremony for the opening of Nashville’s first STEM Prep high school.
Wednesday’s opening was celebrated by 800 students, families and faculty at STEM Preparator Academy.
Nashville’s STEM middle school opened last year, but Wednesday marked the city’s first high school to be opened.
As part of the ceremony, students from each grade level read excerpts from inspirational essays, then held a tree dedication and special performance from the STEM Prep girls' choir.
The school will lead the way for schools around the state as the city's first charter school specializing in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Students can receive a high school diploma and an associate’s degree at the same time at graduation.