LEAD Cameron has been named a Reward School by the State of Tennessee for two years running!
In 2011, Metro Nashville Schools proposed the first ever school partnership with LEAD to address the needs of Cameron Middle. Showing sustained growth and student success, we became the first successful school turnaround partnership with local district in the history of Tennessee. As a zoned district middle school option, we provide all students in our neighborhood with the opportunity to receive a rigorous college preparatory education that is competitive with any public school in the city to prepare them for college and for life. Today, we also reflect the diversity of a growing city, with over 17 languages spoken by students in our school.
Cameron Middle students have opportunities to participate in a city-wide science fair and gain critical writing skills through our creative writing program. We also provide a variety of enrichments including sports, Crewcial (theatre/media), NAZA after school program, and electives such as photography, Arabic, and Spanish, to foster and encourage the whole student.
We are a part of the LEAD Public Schools network, founded in 2007 on the belief that any student can achieve at high levels if given the opportunity. Our mission is to prepare every student with the knowledge and necessary skills to be “Ready for College, Ready for Life.” With two high schools and four middle schools, LEAD is currently Nashville’s largest charter network, serving over 2,400 students across the city.
As part of the LEAD Network, Cameron students benefit from best in class curriculum and practices:
All our students and teachers practice the LEAD Ethos every day: “We are LEADers because we are committed, courageous, disciplined, self-reliant and because we serve others.”
Students participate in Crew, a weekly advisory time where students gather to discuss their progress and any challenges and to find consistent support from a staff member and community of fellow students. These groups become a consistent part of the student’s experience throughout their time at Cameron.
Beginning in fifth grade, students have the opportunity to visit college campuses where they can learn about different college programs and begin exploring the best fit to help them continue their education and achieve their goals.
Each year, we flip the script on parent-teacher conferences. Students lead the conversation by providing an update to a teacher or family member on their goals and progress. It builds ownership of their academic goals and confidence in professional communication environments.