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.
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."
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.
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.
The Franklin Road Academy RoboPanther team 97934U, comprised of seniors Garrison Harold and Christopher May and junior Claire Conley, won the 2021 VEX Robotics Tennessee State Championship. The tournament was held on Saturday, April 17 and featured 36 robotics teams from across the state.
“I am so proud of Garrison, Christopher, and Claire. They have spent countless hours preparing, prototyping, iterating, coding, building, driving, and updating their engineering design notebook since last August,” said Kelly Huddleston, robotics coach. “Their work ethic and dedication have paid off with the State Championship title.”
Franklin Road Academy is pleased to announce that 16 seniors have been selected for membership into the Cum Laude Society. Founded in 1906, Cum Laude is dedicated to honoring scholastic achievement in secondary schools and is FRA’s most selective honor society.
The Cum Laude Society requires all candidate schools to undergo a rigorous review process, including submission of academic records, college data, test scores, and a campus visit by Cum Laude Regents, who are leaders of some of the finest schools in the country. Once awarded a chapter, a school is only permitted to induct the top percentage of students, welcoming them into a society that only exists at schools that confirm superior scholastic achievement.
On Tuesday, the FRA Alumni Association celebrated our 12-Year Club students with a family luncheon. We are incredibly proud of these students and all they have accomplished during their 12+ years at FRA.
Our 12-Year Club members for 2021 are Van Christian, Jackson Cummiskey, Thomas Daniels, Emma Flegel, Kaylee Gentry, Sophie Hart, Iris Heldman, Isa Holt, Caleb Huddleston, Will Maggart, Parker Meeks, Reece Moore, Alex Mick, Mattox Telwar, Campbell Carroll, Addy Carroll, Erin Nash, Hayes Dalton, Isabelle Matthews, Jack Norris, Elijah Warrix, Taylor Smith, Alex Taylor, and Thomas Cartiglia.
Franklin Road Academy officially announced the opening of the new Crockett and Tansil Fitness center as part of an ongoing expansion of the FRA athletic center. In addition to the new 4,000 square foot, state-of-the-art fitness center, this space contains women’s and men’s home and visitor locker rooms, a new digital Alumni Hall of Fame, athletic offices, and a training room. This is part of a larger expansion that includes a new wrestling facility, team film rooms, dance/yoga studio, coach’s locker rooms, and a renovation to the existing gymnasium. The 15,500 square foot addition follows the opening the 38,400 square foot Weicker Center for Student Life in August of 2019 and the 12,500 square foot Scarlett Family Chapel in May of 2018.
Franklin Road Academy recently hired Channing McCullough as the next head of middle school. McCullough is currently serving as acting head of middle school and grade-level dean at Princeton Day School in Princeton, New Jersey. She holds a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. McCullough has over 11 years of experience in coeducational, independent pre-kindergarten through grade 12 schools.
McCullough began her teaching career at Forsyth Country Day School in North Carolina. She has spent the past seven years serving at Princeton Day School as a teacher, coach of multiple middle school sports teams, band director, and grade-level dean before being appointed as the acting head of middle school for the 2020-21 school year.
“She is a graceful leader,” a colleague of McCullough’s shared. “Her students love her. She has high expectations for her students and her colleagues. She is warm, engaging, empathetic, and bright.”