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LEAD Southeast Middle is a college preparatory middle school serving students in Antioch and Southeast Nashville with an emphasis on high-quality and personalized learning for all students in our care.

LEAD Southeast Middle joined the LEAD network in 2013 upon realizing the need for personalized and high quality instruction in South Nashville neighborhoods. LSE Middle is honored to serve the most diverse student population in Metro Nashville. By understanding the unique needs and special talents of our students, we are better able to educate and serve our community. LSE Middle offers art and choir classes, physical education and sports (football, soccer, basketball, track, cheerleading) and 28+ special interest clubs. Southeast Middle students and families are offered additional support including homework help, literacy instruction, and transportation to evening English classes for parents.

LEAD Southeast Middle is a two-time Reward School for Growth, meaning our students are growing faster academically than their peers across the state. In the 2017-2018 school year, LSE Middle scored a Level 5 TVAAS growth score, making us one of the top schools in the state for growing student achievement.

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 Nashville’s largest public charter schools network, serving over 2,400 students across the city.   

As part of the LEAD Network, Southeast 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 daily family 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.

  • 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.