Sloan Kaczynski has always loved to write. So when the annual writing contest for middle school students came around, the then fifth-grader jumped at the chance to put her ideas to paper. “I always thought expressing myself through writing was a great way to deal with whatever I’m going through, whatever my thoughts are,” she said. Now, two years later, seventh grader Kaczynski is a published writer of The Gold Rush, A Story Filled with Family Love & Personal Perseverance.
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."
Congratulations to senior Ben Spicer, who has been recognized as a semifinalist by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Each year, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation names 16,000 students from across the nation as semifinalists, meaning they have the highest PSAT/NMSQU Selection Index Scores (calculated by doubling the sum of the Reading, Writing and Language, and Math Test Scores) in their states.
Spicer will advance to the finalist selection later this year.
Our lower school teachers provided a math morning meeting called “Sum It Up," where each grade level met with parents and shared the benefits and differentiating features of our math program at FRA. Parents learned that accuracy and math fluency are important, but our main goal for students is to develop a deep conceptual understanding of the mathematical concepts behind the numbers.
By Allison Hammat, Upper School Counselor
As my oldest son is entering the tween years, I find that one of the more difficult challenges of parenting is realizing that you do not always know what your children are thinking and feeling. While we all do our best to raise our children with a sound moral compass, empathy, and coping skills, we may still find ourselves wondering when do the typical ups and downs of adolescence become something to worry about.
While every parent would like to believe that suicide is not relevant to them or their family or friends, current statistics suggest that it is all too relevant.
"The world is changing a lot, and what is demanded of these kids in the working world is the ability to create and the ability to collaborate effectively on teams, and sometimes you need something bigger than a classroom for that. Our hope for the lab is that it opens up new areas of thinking for our kids and really lets them run with their gifts.”
The varsity golf teams are continuing their great season in the 2018 Patriot Classic, with the girls bringing home the championship and the boys finishing fourth. The girls, who finished second in the tournament last year, used an unbelievable finish from senior Angelina Chan and sophomore Tzunami Polito to capture the championship by one stroke over Clarksville High School.
We are excited to welcome outstanding new faculty to our community. These exceptional educators bring experience, education, and a passion for FRA's mission to provide a challenging educational experience within an inclusive Christian community.
For the second summer, middle school students from JT Moore, Oliver, and Croft Design have taken part in FRA’s Summer Innovation Institute, where they work with FRA students and faculty to focus on STEM education using state-of-the-art equipment in FRA’s Innovation Lab. A new initiative this year combines this education with philanthropy as students conceptualize, design, and create items for Shower the People, whose mission is to provide showers to people who may have limited or no access throughout Davidson County.
Our lower school students have been learning about other countries through its first International Event. FRA parents, teachers, and other members of our community who have international experiences came to speak with our students about their respective countries, including Costa Rica, Spain, Zimbabwe, and Hungary.
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!