NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Students, faculty and staff with Metro Nashville Public Schools head back to class Monday.
Metro Nashville Public Schools is one of the nation’s top 50 largest school districts with around 85,000 students enrolled.
Teachers have been busy preparing for the new school year in their classrooms over the past weeks.
Thousands of Metro students will get an up-close look at specific career paths this year as 12 of the largest high schools will all feature “academies.”
The district has partnered with businesses to offer students a real-world experience along with instruction.
Hillwood High School’s culinary arts academy is ready for another big year as sophomores, juniors and seniors learn all aspects of the business and prepare food at the school’s in-house restaurant. They will also get hands-on experience at restaurants and hotels, including the Holiday Inn Vanderbilt.
“The hotel sets them up for externships, restaurants always hire them, they can work while they are in high school to see if that’s what they want to do, the beauty of it is, they can go check it out, if they don’t like it they know they don’t want to do that. I try to show them lots of moving parts about the culinary world,” said culinary instructor Russell Ransom.
But it’s not just cooking — some of the 39 academies offered across the district include banking, finance, pre-law, healthcare administration and automotive maintenance.
Some of the biggest churches in Middle Tennessee came together this past weekend to make sure children are prepared for the new school year.
Mt. Zion Baptist Church and Brentwood Baptist Church hosted hundreds of students at Hadley Park in North Nashville where backpacks full of essentials were distributed to children. Vaccinations and health screenings were also available on-site.
“Our goal is to make sure every child who shows up, so the thousands who come today, we want everybody to leave with a big smile on their face and that’s what it’s all about,” said Bishop Joseph Walker.
Other Middle Tennessee districts also head back to school this week. Cheatham County also returns Monday while Rutherford County begins Tuesday. Clarksville/Montgomery County Schools start on Wednesday while Williamson County head back to class on Friday.
Cheatham County announced it will run double bus routes in Ashland City and rural sections of the county as the school year begins. Students on impacted bus routes will be contacted by the transportation department.
The district is asking families to be patient as they work to adjust schedules.
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