• High School Transformation

    NGLStudentsWalking across the graduation stage is a tremendous milestone for KCS students, but we also want them to be prepared for what comes next:

    • Enrolling in postsecondary studies;
    • Enlisting in the military; or
    • Finding Employment in a high-wage, high-skill, and in-demand profession.

    KCS worked with Ford Next Generation Learning (Ford NGL) to foster a community conversation about college and career preparedness and equipping students for life after graduation. This process was convened and funded by Knox Education Foundation.

    What’s the strategy?

    This initiative will create career-themed academies at district high schools, which will be known as The 865 Academies. This approach will allow students to:

    • Participate in authentic, work-based learning;
    • Receive opportunities for job shadows and other career exploration activities;
    • Work closely with professionals in their field of interest; and
    • Create stronger connections between classroom knowledge and workplace success.

    The first cohort of schools to participate in The 865 Academies will begin in the Fall of 2022 with a Freshman Academy for incoming 9th graders. These students will explore future academy pathways in preparation for choosing an academy prior to their 10th-grade year.

    The first cohort of schools will be:

    • Austin-East Magnet High;
    • Bearden High;
    • Central High;
    • Farragut High;
    • Fulton High;
    • Hardin Valley Academy; and
    • Karns High.


    Partner With Us

    Is your business or organization interested in being a partner of The 865 Academies? We have a great team to guide you through the partnership process. Have a school in mind? Contact the 865 Academy coach at that school using the information below.

    Canterra Simerly

    Austin-East Magnet High

    » Email Canterra


    Kelley Darnell

    Bearden High

    » Email Kelley

    Cassidy Taylor

    Central High

    » Email Cassidy


    Amanda Edsell

    Farragut High

    » Email Amanda

    Kensey Zimmerman

    Fulton High

    » Email Kensey


    Ashli Beeler

    Hardin Valley Academy

    » Email Ashli

    Julie Langley

    Karns High

    » Email Julie


    Not quite sure where to start? Fill out our interest form and we will help you get started!



    More information about this initiative is available in our Frequently Asked Questions.

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