Franklin Road Academy seniors Payton Culp and Thatcher Frankfather have qualified for the upcoming New Balance National Indoor Track Championship that will take place March 11-13 in New York City.
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
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."
Panther Basketball season has begun! Only three weeks into their season, the upper school boys team recently had a district win against Grace Christian with Nemo Holmes leading the team with 28 points and senior RJ Casey (16 points) and freshman Evan Jordan (10 points) following. Both girls and boys played again against USN on Friday (12/3) and swept all three games.
Congratulations to the Middle School Girls’ Soccer team — now HVAC Class A champions! The team, led by head coach Meaghan Berry and assisted by coach Kyle Jackson, found their stride mid-season culminating in a six-game winning streak and the HVAC championship title.
Last week, our upper school students seized the day with their production of Disney’s Newsies. After running November 11-13, 2021, the story of Newsies highlighted a story of dedication, grit, and triumph among a group of creative young people. The same story could be told for each student on the stage. Each cast and crew member worked tirelessly to pull off an amazing production.
On Wednesday, November 10, 2021, four of our student-athletes signed commitments to compete at the collegiate level following their time at FRA.
FRA Athletics hosted a signing ceremony in our newly renovated Bradshaw Commons and welcomed members of our community to join. The celebration was filled with many supportive parents, coaches, and friends. Our coaches were able to brag on each athlete, as well as encourage them for the years of college athletics ahead. We’re so proud of each of these students for all their hard work, and for the commitment they’ve shown to each of their athletics.
Congratulations to eleven of our middle school vocalists who earned spots in the Middle Tennessee Vocal Association’s 2021-22 Middle School Honor Choir! The auditions involved submitting an a cappella recording in a specified key, and for 7th & 8th graders, an additional Latin solo recording was required. Over 50 schools from the Middle Tennessee region entered vocalists during the audition process. Approximately 100 singers will perform with guest clinicians in both the 5th & 6th and 7th & 8th honor choir concerts in January.
On October 27, 2021 FRA inducted four new students to our chapter of the International Robotics Honor Society. The International Robotics Honor Society was created in 2018 to honor the 10th anniversary of the inaugural VEX Robotics World Championship Tournament. FRA’s IRHS chapter was the first in the state of Tennessee. The International Robotics Honor Society has been developed specifically to recognize individual students that meet specified criteria within scholarship, leadership, personal character, community service, and robotics.
The original chapter of the National Junior Honor Society was formed in 1929 as an outgrowth of the National Honor Society for high schools. Since then, the society has flourished and grown to over 5,000 chapters in all parts of the United States and in more than 75 countries overseas. At Franklin Road Academy, an 8th grader must have ended the second semester of 7th grade with no grade lower than 85 and a minimum overall average of 90. In addition to academic requirements, the student must possess outstanding scholarship, and must also meet high standards for leadership, character, citizenship, and service.
The Franklin Road Academy Athletics Hall of Fame was created to show appreciation to those individuals or teams who have made significant contributions to athletics at Franklin Road Academy. On October 8, 2021, FRA Athletics held a ceremony to induct six new individuals or teams into the Athletic Hall of Fame.
Our annual Legacy Breakfast took place this week, October 6th in the Weicker Center for Student Life. During the breakfast, our community had the chance to catch up with old peers, celebrate with current classmates, and spend time with their family. Legacy families are those alumni who have previously graduated from FRA and have current students on our campus. Events like the Legacy Breakfast allow our students and alumni the chance to feel celebrated, while celebrating their history and legacy at our school. Moments like these are impactful and exciting as our students share the ever-growing FRA experience with their parents.