Congratulations to seniors Angelina Chan and Jake Templin who have signed their letters of intent to play golf and baseball, respectively, at the collegiate level. Chan will continue her golf career at the United States Naval Academy, and Templin will play baseball for DePauw University.
Acre campus for students pre-kindergarten - grade 12
Countries represented in our student body
Average class size allowing students to fully engage in the classroom
Faculty members holding advanced degrees
- 7:1 student-teacher ratio
- Science, technology, engineering, and math program beginning in kindergarten
- 60% of faculty members hold advanced degrees
- Service learning woven throughout pre-kindergarten - grade 12 with assistance from the Center for Philanthropic Studies
- Daily devotionals and weekly chapel in kindergarten - grade 4. Daily convocation in grades 5 - 12
- 700-seat theater with professional lighting and sound
- 57 athletic teams offered at the varsity, junior varsity, and middle school levels
The Brim family chose FRA for their rising freshman last year. Now that they are a year (and a couple of months) in, they describe their experience in the admission process and their thoughts on the decision they made. Click here to hear their story
Chloe – A New Student Perspective
" I don’t feel like a number here at FRA. I have a name, and people use it. FRA loves you for who you are, and they want you to embrace you. They support you and are willing to give you the resources to help you succeed and excel.”
The Halas Family, New FRA Family
"The grace and warmth that our family has experienced isn't an accident. That's something that has been fostered in the culture. It is a very authentic, real place where your kids can grow."
Riley Casey '17"I'm excited for my future at Columbia University because I feel confident FRA has prepared me to do things well. I have gotten to figure out who I am, and I am very thankful for that."
“I've been here for 35 years, and I've become like family with my coworkers and coaching staffs and built lifelong relationships with students as I've watched them grow up. Over time, your roots grow deeper and deeper, and there is nothing that can replace that.”
Nia Williamson '19
“We wanted a place where people knew her and where she could be appreciated for her unique self but also be challenged to be her best self.” -Jim Williamson, Nia's father
"Almost everything I do now can be traced back to life lessons that began at FRA. One of the principles I preach on athletic fields and movie sets is everyone has the will to win, but the will to prepare is what counts. FRA prepares its students to win."
Davidson College recently named its home dugout in honor of the late George Weicker, who was a beloved teacher and coach at FRA for more than 30 years.
Weicker played first base and outfield for the Wildcats from 1972-1975, during which he was a three-time all-conference selection. He was named Southern Conference Player of the Year an All-American first team pick by the American Baseball Coaches Association in 1975, and he was also named to the Southern Conference 75th anniversary team. Davidson's Rookie of the Year team award has been presented in his honor since 1988.
Senior Sabrina LaFaye, who had six pieces of art displayed at Cheekwood as part of the Scholastic Arts Competition, will have two of those pieces displayed at Carnegie Hall in New York! Sabrina plans to attend Tulane University to take classes in architecture, life science, and art as she looks to pursue either architecture, medical illustration, or both!
This weekend, the National Honor Society held the first ever FRA Dance Marathon, which raised $10,035.19 for Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. Students have been raising money the entire year, and the Dance Marathon was a five-hour event where students danced, participated in games, enjoyed food trucks, and celebrated the success of their fundraising efforts. Senior Addy Sizemore, who spearheaded the event, said "We chose to sponsor the Miracle Network Dance Marathon, a movement across the country to raise funds and awareness for pediatric healthcare. We danced, played games, watched amazing performances, and heard 'Miracle Families' speak, to celebrate the hard work done for the kids. And, we doubled our goal!"
In one of the more memorable games of the NCAA basketball season, FRA alumnus Kenny Cooper '16 hit two of the biggest shots of his career to lift his fifth-seeded Lipscomb University Bisons over second-seeded NC State 94-93 to advance to the NIT semifinals. Cooper, who finished with 10 points, seven assists, and four rebounds, scored the Bisons' final five points, including the game-winning floater with 1.7 seconds left in the game. The Bisons will now head to New York to compete against sixth-seeded Wichita State on Tuesday.
On Saturday afternoon around 5:15 p.m., a roar only a group of Panther fans can produce could be heard throughout the gym at the VEX Robotics State Championship. That's because, for the first time ever, our robotics team, or the RoboPanthers as they like to be called, were crowned State Champions.
Team W, consisting of Campbell Jeffrey, Thomas Hohnholt, Addy Carroll, and Summer Vo, was the last team standing in the 42-team tournament, one that included teams from across the state vying for one of the coveted 11 upper school team spots to advance to the World Championship.
This is the third year an FRA team has advanced to the World Championship, its first time as a State Champion.
Two FRA lower school teams advanced to the Destination Imagination State Tournament by winning first place in their divisions in last weekend's Region Tournament.
Our second grade team - consisting of Ryan Graves, Pax West, Gavin Holley, and Kate Kane - placed first in the Instant Challenge and the Target Technical Challenge, in which team members completed their task by using engineering, research, strategic planning, and related skills. The second grade team is managed by parents Jason Graves and Brooke West.
The third and fourth grade team - Vince Kane, Locke Teague, Yvie Hamilton, and Cole Thornton - placed first in its Instant Challenge and the Monster Effects Engineering Challenge, where the students designed, built, and tested load-bearing structures created from specific materials. The third and fourth grade team is managed by parents Colleen and Andy Kate.
Both teams will compete in the State Tournament at Spring Hill High School on April 6.
Our middle and upper school students now have another state-of-the-art innovative space to work in as we opened the new DNA Lab in our Math and Science Building. Middle and upper school students will utilize the DNA Lab, which will be used as a space where they can hone their skills in biotechnology, including extracting DNA, genetically modified organisms, and ploymerase chain reactions, as well as participate in crime scene investigative methods like DNA fingerprinting.
Stephanie Feyes, science department chair and biology teacher, is excited to see what impact and influence this space will have on her students. "Biotechnology is currently one of the fastest growing areas of science and industry. It is a skilled based field of science that integrates biology, chemistry, physics, and math in a hands-on, meaningful way. Students are able to do real and original research in a school setting to develop skills that could be used in the future to help make advances in medicine/healthcare, agriculture, industry, and environmental awareness." she said.
Franklin Road Academy’s highly-touted seniors Tymon Mitchell and Lance Wilhoite have officially signed their letters of intent to play football in college. Mitchell has committed to the University of Georgia, and Wilhoite will play at the University of Oregon.
The middle and upper school robotics teams had a big weekend at the Vex Robotics Tournament in White House, Tennessee. The middle school team, consisting of Ryan Holman, RJ Harding, and Langston Harold, won the Middle School Skills Championship and the Excellence Award.
Upper school team W, which includes Campbell Jeffrey, Thomas Hohnholt, Addy Carroll, and Summer Vo, was the Upper School Tournament Champion, Upper School Skills Champion, and the Excellence Award winner. Upper School team U, consisting of Garrison Harold, Olivia Maki, Christopher May, and Georgia Austin, was also named Upper School Tournament Champion.
These three teams join upper school team X, which is made up of Caleb Huddleston, William Roberts, and Alexandra Halas, as qualifiers for the VEX State Championship on March 2.