Academies and Pathways

McGavock is one of twelve high schools that make up the Academies of Nashville. Students have a choice of different academies offering a practical, hands-on approach to learning in fields that interest them. The Academies empower students through career exposure so they can make timely, informed decisions and discover their true passions while earning early college credit and nationally recognized industry certifications. General education content is taught through the lens of their academy while business and community partners provide authentic experiential learning opportunities at every level.

About McGavock

McGavock was the first truly comprehensive high school built in Nashville. Our students have access to a wide, promising variety of challenging classes, Academy pathways and a superior arts program. Our faculty collaborates to adjust instruction for different learning styles so that classes can be made personal for each learner.

Our Academies give students opportunities to jump-start their careers, starting as soon as they arrive and continuing as they earn college credits and nationally recognized certifications upon graduation. Our Freshman Academy invites students to visit a college and begin thinking about their future at the career exploration fair. From there, we offer four career Academies: Gaylord Opryland Academy of Hospitality and US Community Credit Union Academy of Business and Finance; Academy of Aviation and Transportation; Aegis Sciences Corporation Life Science and Law; and CMT Digital Design and Communication. For added academic support, Personalized Learning Time meets daily, allowing students to receive targeted enrichment and intervention.

Our extracurricular activities are extensive and include 13 TSSAA sanctioned sports teams, band and chorus programs, a Culinary Club and our Astronomy Club (with its own planetarium), to name a few.

We are also the home of a student-run U.S. Community Credit Union branch, open to students, faculty and staff for daily banking. All students can open a savings account and those 15 years of age or older can open a checking account with a custom McGavock Raider debit card.

Each academy's advisory board welcomes parent input and involvement in their children's education. We believe that working together is the best way to help our children succeed.

Freshman Academy

All 9th-grade students begin in Freshman Academy. In Freshman Seminar, students will plan for life after high school and learn about the career pathways offered at McGavock High School
  • Academy of Aviation & Transportation
    • Aviation Flight
    • Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair
    • Mechatronics
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  • The CMT Academy of Digital Design & Communication
    • Audio Production
    • Audio/Visual Production
    • Digital Arts & Design
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  • Aegis Sciences Corporation Academy of Life Science & Law
    • Criminal Justice and Correction Services
    • Therapeutic Services
    • Veterinary and Animal Science
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  • The Gaylord Opryland Academy of Hospitality & USCCU Academy of Business & Finance
    • Banking and Finance
    • Culinary Arts
    • Hospitality and Tourism Management
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