Mission and History


Franklin Road Academy provides a challenging educational experience in an inclusive Christian community with an unwavering commitment to develop leaders of integrity and purpose.

FRA Mission Statement

Strategic Vision 2015-2020

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We Will
  • Inspire in our students a lifelong love of learning through a dynamic academic program which will prepare them for success in life;
  • Encourage students to discover their passions through opportunities in academics, the arts, athletics, and servant leadership;
  • Nurture leaders of integrity, guided by Christian principles, compelled to lead lives of compassionate global citizenship.


Bill Bradshaw
Bill Bradshaw, founder


Franklin Road Academy was founded in 1971 by Bill Bradshaw under charter with the First Christian Church. The property at that time consisted of a stone residence and a brick building which housed a church sanctuary and offices. By 1973, the Tennessee Department of Education had approved the school, and a year later FRA became a member of the Mid-South Association of Independent Schools.


In 1975 the school purchased a house and land adjacent to the church property to be used by the kindergarten. The land that houses the current upper school was purchased in 1975. Classes for ninth and tenth grades started in the fall of 1976 and the first senior class graduated in 1979 with forty students.

FRA was re-chartered in 1982 as an independent, coeducational, college-preparatory school with a Christian emphasis under the leadership of William L. Campbell. It was also accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

The school continued to grow. Classes were added, buildings renovated, and funds raised for a new Lower School facility, Danner Hall, which was dedicated in 1988. Athletic facilities were added including ball fields, gymnasiums, tennis courts and a new track. In 1994, the facility was named the George A. Volkert Athletic Complex.

A $7 million state-of-the-art Middle School facility opened in 1999 including an outstanding Fine and Performing Arts center that includes a 700 seat theatre. In 2006, the school broke ground for a new Library & Technology Building, Upper School Math & Science Building, and Student Quadrangle. A new turf track facility was completed in fall, 2011.

Throughout the summer and fall 2012, work on an athletic enhancement project progressed which included renovation of several athletic facilities in the George A. Volkert Athletic Complex as well as ambitious preparation of the campus infrastructure for several additional athletic areas. The scope of this project included a new turf football field, a natural grass soccer field, and infrastructure work that continued the process of renovating important areas such as the tennis courts and practice fields.

FRA Innovation Lab opened March 2017. This two-thousand square foot, state-of-the art facility is fully equipped with 3-D imaging technology and laser guided cutters. FRA welcomed Nashville Mayor Megan Barry to the opening ceremony with student demonstrations in robotics and 3-D printing. The FRA robotics team celebrated this new space by qualifying for the VEX World Championships held in Louisville, KY.


FRA is Accredited by the following  Organizations:

(formerly Southern Association of Colleges and Schools or SACS)

Southern Association of Independent Schools