New Designs for School
New Designs for School

We’ve all had the experience of truly purposeful, authentic learning and know how valuable it is. Educators are taking the best of what we know about learning, student support, effective instruction, and interpersonal skill-building to completely reimagine schools so that students experience that kind of purposeful learning all day, every day.

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Primary Contact Name:
Lee Pedinoff
Award Date:
April 2014
Grant Type:
National Planning
Start Date:
Fall 2015
Startup Type:
New School

School: RePublic High School
Grades Served: 9-12
Location: Nashville, TN
Operator: RePublic Schools
Operator Type: Charter
Setting: Urban
Students at Start: 150
Students at Capacity: 900

Hallmark Feature: Computer programming, Higher education partnership

  • Nashville Prep and Liberty Collegiate were chartered in November 2010 to serve grades 5-12 and each opened middle schools in 2011 that have seen high achievement and student growth ever since. After opening a third middle school in 2014, RePublic Schools is positioned to open RePublic High School in 2015.
  • The school model will build upon a traditional “no-excuses” model with a focus on 21st century skills and a college-like learning environment. The middle and high school models will be integrated into three academies. The first year of high school, grade 9, is part of the Gateway Academy which spans grades 7-9, encouraging consistency and a smooth transition. The Innovation Academy for grades 10-12 will emphasize college-level experiences and computer programming instruction, which teaches students to think about solving problems in a new way.
  • About 50% of the learning time will be in a self-paced, flex blended learning classroom called the RevolutionLab (RevLab), which combines a class of 50 scholars and two teachers. Digital learning will be playlist-driven while teachers hold small group tutoring based on mastery of individual objectives.
  • RePublic High School will offer college credit through its partnership with Tennessee State University, through MOOCs and traditional courses, and with Kepler, an organization that combines online courses from leading universities, intensive in-person instruction, and work-based learning.