Inspire. Encourage. Nurture.

At A Glance


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
  • 70% 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 and bi-weekly chapel in grades 5 - 12
  • 700-seat theater with professional lighting and sound
  • 2,000-square-foot Innovation Lab and DNA Lab
  • 66 athletic teams offered at the varsity, junior varsity, and middle school levels
  • Purdue
  • West Point
  • Tulane
  • Dartmouth
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A Year In: Parent Perspective

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


My FRA Experience

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.”


How FRA Influenced Our Move To Nashville

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."

Your Child. Our Mission.

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."

David Tucker - Faculty Member

“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.”

Why I Chose FRA

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

Rob Miller '82

"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."


Girls Golf Team Wins State Championship

For five FRA seniors, a historic run came to an end on Tuesday at Willowbrook Golf Club for the 2020 TSSAA Div-II Golf State Championships. Once again, both boys and girls teams qualified for State by winning their Region Tournaments. The boys were playing in their third straight State Tournament while the girls were competing in their tenth straight State Tournament. The girls were seeking their fourth straight title and eighth overall.

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National Honor Society Induction

The National Honor Society (NHS) was founded 1921 to recognize students who embody the ideals of scholarship, character, leadership, and service. Every year, FRA invites sophomores, juniors, and seniors who meet the academic and service requirements to apply. Following the application and review process students are selected for membership. New members are charged with a responsibility to continue to demonstrate scholarship, leadership, character, and service. This year we inducted a talented group of 20 students.

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Exciting Announcement from the Head of School

Starting this year, our Head of Middle School Ryan Harris will take on the additional responsibility of assistant head of school for external affairs. Ryan will continue to lead our middle school and serve as assistant head this year before completely transitioning into his new role for the 2021-22 school year. Currently in his eighth year at FRA, Ryan holds a master's degree in educational administration and supervision and a bachelor's degree in elementary education and teaching from Trevecca Nazarene University.

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Welcoming our New Legacy Families

We are honored to have so many of our alumni creating a legacy for their families here at Franklin Road Academy. This year, we welcome 17 new legacy students:

Ella Grace Beasley (Garrett Beasley '96)
Wyatt and Olivia Cain (Ryan '96 and Courtney Cain '95)
Heath Carpenter (White Carpenter '09)
Charlotte Ann and Lainey Given (Carley Tucker Given '00)
Thomas, Robert and Olivia Lown (Katie Tomlinson '95)
Brown Pewitt (Laing McCullough '01)
Jody Pierce (John '89 and Amber Pierce '90)
Max Robinson (Jeff Robinson)
Waylon and Mire Wiggs (Jon Wiggs '01)
Thomas Woodard (Tom Woodard '79)

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Welcoming our New Trustees

We are proud to introduce our new board members for the 2020-21 school year. From business operations and strategy to communications and philanthropy, these six individuals bring an incredible amount of experience and expertise to the board. Jared Allen, Jeb Beasley, Victor Berrios, Matthew Denmark, Rosemary Plorin, and Jaimie Robinson will join Board President Clif Tant '94, and members Laura Campbell, Tobi Jane Frankfather, Steve Halas, Daron Hall, Patti Hudgins, Dr. Tamika Hudson, Kimberly Jackson, John S. Larkin II, Michael Lindseth, Jr. ’88, Steve Maggart, R. Dale Mitchell, Andrew Scarlett ’97, and Christy Smith. 

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Class of 2020 Graduation

Students in the class of 2020 will likely never forget the events of the final semester of their senior year in high school. Through all of the challenges of COVID-19 and the introduction of remote learning, they led the student body with resilience and grace. The senior class demonstrated the true spirit of FRA by celebrating and supporting one another through this time of uncertainty and change. To our seniors, we are incredibly proud of your accomplishments and encouraged by the creative, caring individuals you have become.

Click here to watch a special graduation video to celebrate and honor the class of 2020.

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Student Spotlight: Benjamin  Blahauvietz '20

Prince the Panther formally received a name my freshman year when the older panther suit was retired and the current suit was first worn. Before that, he was just a panther without a name, but he has been around for at least the 15 years I have been at FRA.

There was a senior, Jamie Kendrick, who was Prince the Panther for that year and handed the so-called baton to me as a sophomore. I have been Prince for the last three years.

Prince’s goal when he’s on campus or around students is to spread school spirit and make someone’s day better. Prince brings a lively energy to any room as he always tries to hype people up.

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