NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Nashville doesn't have middle schools anymore – at least in name.
Metro Nashville Public Schools are re-branding 40 middle schools as the “Middle Preps of Nashville.” The new moniker borrows terminology used by charter and private schools and is part of a new effort to retain more students at the age when they often exit the district.
The Tennessean reported that the branding effort tied to Jay Steele, who was recently promoted as Metro's chief academic officer. His arrival in 2009 from St. Augustine, Fla., helped advance the “Academies of Nashville” in Metro's comprehensive high schools and the marketing of its career- and theme-based curriculum model, which uses corporate partners and is now the focal point of instruction for ninth through 12th grades.
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