Our 2016 Grantees

Effective Educators

Teach For America Nashville, $100,000. Corps members teach in 70 schools across Metro Nashville, reaching nearly 13,000 students. Over 500 Teach For America alumni call the city home and have assumed notable positions in school leadership and education policy. They are working with our communities to create long-term, sustainable change.

Great Schools

Valor Collegiate Academy, $100,000. In its first year of operation (and the only year with data from state testing), Valor was the highest performing open enrollment middle school in Nashville. Valor was in the top 2 percent in both achievement AND growth, and the school’s low income students actually inverted the achievement gap, outpacing their non-economically disadvantaged peers in academic growth. As Valor continues to grow out its middle and high schools, it will enroll an additional 1,000 students during the next five years.

Our 2015 Grantees

Effective Educators

Relay Graduate School of Education, $500,000, brings a unique approach to preparing new teachers in order to address the urgent need to grow the number of effective, diverse teachers in Nashville. In its first year, Relay will partner with 16 schools across Metro Nashville to train 50 teachers.

Teach For America Nashville, $100,000, corps members teach in 70 schools across Metro Nashville, reaching nearly 13,000 students. Over 500 Teach For America alumni call the city home and have assumed notable positions in school leadership and education policy. They are working with our communities to create long-term, sustainable change.

Great Schools

LEAD Public Schools, $200,000, operates five schools in Metro Nashville Public Schools- including two open-enrollment charter schools- LEAD High School, and LEAD Prep Southeast, and three transformations of traditional district schools: Cameron College Prep, Brick Church College Prep and Neely’s Bend College Prep. LEAD has shown a commitment to taking on some of the biggest challenges in our city through its ambitious turnaround efforts. 100 percent of LEAD High School’s first three graduating classes has been accepted to a two or four year college or university.

Community Engagement

Black Alliance for Educational Options, $150,000, builds coalitions in faith communities across Nashville to champion high-quality public schools.
Note: This grant agreement specifically stipulates that it may not be used to support or promote the issue of private school vouchers in Tennessee.