Life at SCA

For a glimpse at the life of a student at Smithson Craighead Academy, take a look here.


Healthy Meals

At SCA we have a personal chef with culinary staff that ensures our meals are prepared healthy and fresh daily.

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Active Learning

At SCA we believe all students can learn and grow. We invest our efforts into building each child in all areas of their lives.

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SCA highly recommends our students to log into iReady by clicking on the link below. Teachers will assign lessons according to each child's grade level.

Here are a few links with free school resources available for continued learning:

Smithson Craighead Academy is the oldest, free, public charter school in Nashville, Tennessee. We believe all children can learn and grow. We seek to educate and empower our scholars at all levels from at risk to high achieving. With a strong emphasis on foundational, higher order thinking, along with social and emotional skills SCA students will succeed.

Like an Eagle, WE WILL SOAR!

Welcome to Smithson Craighead Academy

Smithson Craighead Academy is a FREE public charter school that provides a quality education for students in Kindergarten through 4th grade. Smithson Craighead Academy is a safe school that believes in educating and supporting our students and their families.


  • First Middle TN Charter School Established
  • Free Transportation
  • Vanderbilt University Positive Behavior Intervention Support Learning
  • Homework & free music lessons provided in the Mid-Town Music Academy afterschool program.
  • The Eagles Nest — Character Development
  • Free Breakfast & Lunch Program
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