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Mayor Sees Scholars Academy in Action at Cane Ridge High School

6/18/2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mayor Karl Dean saw the Scholars Academy in action on a visit to Cane Ridge High School today. Scholars Academy is a free, four-week intensive academic summer program that helps Metro Schools students prepare for success in high school and college as well.  

“I am so proud of these high school students who are aspiring to higher education and working hard to get there,” Mayor Dean said. “Our scholars are getting the academic and mentoring support to help them succeed in high school and beyond, and, from what I’ve seen, they’re having fun at the same time. Scholars Academy is another step toward our goal to improve high school and college graduation rates.”

Classes began June 3. The program runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at four different high school locations, Glencliff, Maplewood and Cane Ridge, along with Pearl Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School. 

Mayor Dean visited all four Scholars Academy sites this week. During his visit to Scholars Academy at Cane Ridge today, he spent time in a geometry class where students were building octahedron models out of straws. He also visited an English class where students were working on journal entries titled, “Walk in my Shoes,” that encouraged them to write about themselves, their heroes and their dreams and goals.

Approximately 250 scholars are enrolled in the program that provides intensive academic class work in English, algebra and geometry, as well as enrichment activities. Transportation, meals, weekly field trips and college visits are provided at no cost.

Scholars Academy is an initiative created by Mayor Dean to boost the number of Metro students who attend and graduate from college. This is the program’s second year and has expanded to include both rising ninth and tenth graders. Last summer’s program included rising ninth graders.

More information is available online at www.scholarsacademy.nashville.gov.