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.
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."
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.
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 28 students.
As we kick off the 2021-2022 school year, you may notice a few new smiling faces on campus. We are so pleased to welcome 30 new friendly faces to our faculty and staff. Among our amazing new FRAmily members, we have teachers from across the country, new staff from the local Nashville community, and faculty from places in between. Each coming with different backgrounds and stories, we feel so blessed to have each of these talented and respected educators join our community!
Franklin Road Academy is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Brodrick Thomas as its newest senior leadership team member and next director of diversity, community, and inclusion. Dr. Thomas is currently serving as the director of community engagement and reconciliation at Trevecca Nazarene University and will be joining the FRA community in July.
Congratulations to our Class of 2021 graduates! To view a gallery of images from our Commencement ceremony, click here. To download high resolution images from the event, click here to view them in Dropbox.
On Friday and Saturday, we celebrated the class of 2021 with Baccalaureate and Commencement. We invite you to watch both ceremonies by clicking here.
Congratulations to FRA Robotics RoboPanthers Team U who recently competed at the VEX Robotics 2021 World Championships, ending their 2020-21 season as Technology A division finalists. The team, comprised of seniors Garrison Harold, Christopher May, and junior Claire Conley, are now ranked among the top 32 alliances in the world!
Sponsored by the Turner Family Foundation, the Turner Fellowship Program offers rising seniors an opportunity to serve in partnership with not-for-profit organizations in the Nashville community. This prestigious fellowship program sponsors students committed to making a difference in the lives of others. FRA believes that serving others is elemental to our Christian mission and the health of our community. This past week, we held our annual Turner Fellowship transition banquet to welcome our new Fellows.