Academies of Nashville

Academies and Pathways

Lawson High School students have a choice of different academies offering a practical, hands-on approach to learning in fields that interest them ranging from engineering to healthcare.

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.

At Lawson High School, students have the opportunity to develop both career and college-readiness skills through the variety of programs offered. Enrollment in career academies offers students the opportunity to work with local business partners, attend job shadows and internships and earn industry certifications.

In addition to enrolling in one of Lawsons's three career academies, students also have the opportunity to take multiple advanced placement courses and dual enrollment courses. These options give each student the opportunity to tailor a personalized learning plan to fit his or her needs. The myriad of academic opportunities, coupled with a robust fine arts and athletics program provides students with an inclusive and supportive environment that challenges them to work to their full potential.


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  our new high school.

Lawson Academies

  • Academy of Art, Design, and Commuication
  • Academy of Business and Hospitality
  • Engineering
  • Academy of Health Sciences


Learn More About the Academies

We invite all interested families and students to visit and see first-hand the many opportunities the school has to offer. To schedule a tour, please contact Mary York.