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Neely’s Bend Middle School is one of Tennessee’s top ranked schools for academic growth! We prepare our students with the skills and knowledge they need to be ready for college and for life.

Neely’s Bend Middle School has been a part of the Madison community for over 60 years. It became part of the LEAD Network of public schools in 2015 as our fifth school, and third turnaround school. Since becoming part of the LEAD Network, Neely’s Bend students have achieved top marks for growth in reading and math, and in 2017-2018, was ranked in the top 3 percent for academic growth among all schools in  Tennessee— and number one for schools in the Achievement School District! We offer art, drumline, student clubs, and sports (soccer, volleyball, basketball) to grow and encourage the whole student.

We are a part of the LEAD Public Schools network, founded in 2007 on the belief that any
student can achieve at high levels if given the opportunity. Our mission is to prepare every student with the knowledge and necessary skills to be “Ready for College, Ready for Life.” With two high schools and four middle schools, LEAD is Nashville’s largest public charter schools network, serving over 2,400 students across the city.

As part of the LEAD Network, Neely’s Bend students benefit from best in class curriculum and practices:

  • All our students and teacher practice the LEAD Ethos every day: “We are LEADers because we are committed, courageous, disciplined, self-reliant and because we serve others.”
  • Students participate in Crew, a weekly family time where students gather to discuss their progress and any challenges and find consistent support from a staff member and community of fellow students. These groups become a consistent part of the student’s experience throughout their time at Neely’s Bend.
  • Beginning in fifth grade, students have the opportunity to visit college campuses where they can learn about different college programs and choices and begin exploring the best fit to help them achieve their goals.
  • Each year, we flip the script on parent-teacher conferences. Students lead the conversation by providing an update to a teacher or family member on their goals and progress. It builds ownership of their academic goals and confidence in professional communication environments.