METROPOLITAN NASHVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
The Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) Innovation AmeriCorps Design project will engage 33 Innovation AmeriCorps Members to provide academic tutoring, focused and targeted support, and extended learning supervision to undeserved and reading-deficient youth (144 in each school = 1,008 total students served) in seven (7) schools while at the same time building an ethic of service for all of the members. The project is expected to increase the number of students with improved academic performance and non-academic factors, increase the number of disadvantaged students participating in mentoring and tutoring programs, and increased family and community engagement at the seven (7) priority schools. The annual CNCS investment is $438,900 with a minimum matching district contribution of 33% ($217,152). With more than 79% of MNPS students economically disadvantaged and the high school graduation rate of 78%, the project is focused on the greatest need in the district -- the academically lowest performing schools. The project will begin on August 1, 2013 and will end July 31, 2016. This project will provide mechanisms for increased parent and community engagement, will establish a school culture and environment to improve non-academic factors, will accelerate students' core content knowledge and skills, will increase high school graduation rates and college enrollment rates, and will support the school implementation of increased learning time.