Every year, the arts department presents the Frankies, which are given to upper school students who show passion, leadership and study outside of the realm of the classroom. On Wednesday, the 2018 Frankies were given. We also celebrated those seniors who plan to pursue arts in college. Congratulations to all of our talented arts students for a great year!
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 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."
Franklin Road Academy seniors Sheryl Garcia and Libby Weicker have been selected to receive the Billy Bryan Scholarship, which has been awarded for the past six years thanks to the generosity of Scott Byers in honor of his friend Billy Bryan.
Congratulations to Jack Arsta, Rachel Brown, Peyton Christian, Bella Daniels, Morgan Davis, Price Jones, Katie Lifsey, Charlotte Munn, Pablo Ramos Soszna, Lorena Silva, Tucker Smith, and Nia Williamson for being named 2018-19 Turner Fellows. These students will be placed with local non-profit organizations that match the mission of FRA and the Turner Foundation, the program's sponsor.
Fifth grade Girl Scouts Claire Perrine, Selah Harding, Mary Katherine McDowell, Taniya Thomas, and Ava Jean Teague recently served in the community as they completed their Bronze project at McKendree United Methodist Church.
On Wednesday, seniors Julianna Alexander, Max Beavers, Elizabeth Day, Laurel Dernbach, Katherine Holman, Claire Luthy, Lily Pierce, Eric Stoxstill-Diggs, Watson Tansil, and Libby Weicker were inducted into Franklin Road Academy’s Cum Laude Society Chapter.
To kick off Mental Health Awareness Month, Franklin Road Academy welcomed songwriter and Belmont University student Caroline Watkins to share her story of mental illness and her journey in becoming mentally healthy with upper school students.
For the second time in as many years, a Franklin Road Academy robotics team is on its way to the VEX Robotics World Championships. Spencer Guy, Garrison Harold, Caleb Huddleston, and Tennent Grace Smith will head to Louisville, Kentucky, to compete against teams from all around the world – a huge feat for a team of three freshmen and a sophomore.
This year, our Best Buddies club has challenged our middle school students to take a pledge to be intentional in speaking kindly toward one another and to raise awareness of the damage caused by using the R-word.
For the second year in a row, an FRA robotics team has qualified for the Worlds Competition. Team Rastafarian Fire won the Build Award and was a finalist in the VEX State Championships on Saturday to qualify for the Worlds Competition, which is held in Louisville, Kentucky, in April.
Last weekend, some of our lower school students participated in the Regional Tournament of Destination Imagination, an organization that develops project-based learning programs that blend STEM education with the arts and social entrepreneurship. The Spinning Torpedoes, consisting of second graders Jeremiah Spaeth, Cole Thornton, Wyatt Peterson, and Locke Teague, won both its central challenge as well as the instant challenge in its room and will represent FRA in the state tournament next month.