News|September 16, 2014

Nashville Charter School Makes Diversity a Central Goal

During a morning assembly at the recently-opened charter school Valor Collegiate Academy, a triangle of fifth-grade girls — one Asian, one Hispanic and one white — discussed how they could help improve their learning community. That sort of diversity in the classroom setting is a rare scene in schools across Tennessee and even rarer in the burgeoning charter sector where leaders have designed their curriculum and school culture to serve single-demographic populations.

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News|August 21, 2014

Diverse Charter School Opens in Nashville

Earlier this month, a new kind of charter school opened in Nashville. Valor Collegiate Academy has an innovative model that incorporates an impressive mix of racial and socioeconomic diversity — as well as ambitious academic goals — at the heart of its strategic plan. It is an exciting development for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, and one that comes after several years of trial and error with a new charter school law.

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News|June 25, 2014

MNPS Board Approves Five Charter Schools

Five new charter schools received the green light from the Metro school board Tuesday, overcoming fiscal concerns of some members and continuing Nashville’s steady growth of a model that has been the source of contentious debate here. Fast-growing South Nashville will be home to four of the new schools, while the nation’s largest charter operator will take over a still-undetermined low-performing elementary school

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News|March 12, 2014

Nashville’s Valor Charter School Attracts Unique Racial, Class Mix

A cross section of Nashville students showed up Thursday to learn whether they had the right number to get into Valor Collegiate Academy, a new charter middle school set to open this fall on Nolensville Pike in South Nashville beginning with the fifth grade. Some 260 students applied — with parents citing the appeal of diversity and a more demanding learning environment — but only 160 could get in.

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