On Sunday, Franklin Road Academy unveiled its new 38,400-square-foot student life center with a naming dedication ceremony. The Weicker Center for Student Life, named by FRA’s capital campaign lead donor, The Cal Turner Family Foundation, for beloved teacher and coach George Weicker, features a dining hall, spirit store and coffee shop, collegiate-style formal and informal academic spaces, innovative classrooms, school-wide offices for the director of diversity, inclusion, and community, spiritual life, and the Center for Philanthropic Studies.
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
- 57 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."
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.
If you attend the 78th Iroquois Steeplechase event this weekend, you'll likely see the artwork of FRA eighth grade student Mimi Fuller, who was selected as the official student artist of the race.
Congratulations to Ava Ackerman, Ally Axford, Jaden Baker, Ansley Baugh, Benjamin Blahauvietz, Kingston Gardner, Stephen Hohnholt, Hayley Jones, Christina Stearns, Drew White, Kelton Williamson, and Chloe Zoubek for being named 2019-20 Turner Fellows.
On Wednesday, seniors Jack Arsta, Angelina Chan, Lee Anna Chen, Morgan Davis, Paige Johnson, Sabrina LaFaye, Cathleen Li, Becca Morency, Pablo Ramos Soszna, Paige Samz, Lorena Silva, Tucker Smith, Ben Spicer, and Jordan Stoxstill-Diggs were inducted into Franklin Road Academy’s Cum Laude Society Chapter.
Franklin Road Academy senior Tashinga Vhumisai been selected to receive the Billy Bryan Scholarship, which has been awarded for the past seven years thanks to the generosity of Lindsey and Scott Byers in honor of his friend Billy Bryan.
Davidson College recently named its home dugout in honor of the late George Weicker, who was a beloved teacher and coach at FRA for more than 30 years.
This weekend, the National Honor Society held the first ever FRA Dance Marathon, which raised $10,035.19 for Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. Students have been raising money the entire year, and the Dance Marathon was a five-hour event where students danced, participated in games, enjoyed food trucks, and celebrated the success of their fundraising efforts. Senior Addy Sizemore, who spearheaded the event, said "We chose to sponsor the Miracle Network Dance Marathon, a movement across the country to raise funds and awareness for pediatric healthcare. We danced, played games, watched amazing performances, and heard 'Miracle Families' speak, to celebrate the hard work done for the kids. And, we doubled our goal!"
On Saturday afternoon around 5:15 p.m., a roar only a group of Panther fans can produce could be heard throughout the gym at the VEX Robotics State Championship. That's because, for the first time ever, our robotics team, or the RoboPanthers as they like to be called, were crowned State Champions.
Team W, consisting of Campbell Jeffrey, Thomas Hohnholt, Addy Carroll, and Summer Vo, was the last team standing in the 42-team tournament, one that included teams from across the state vying for one of the coveted 11 upper school team spots to advance to the World Championship.
This is the third year an FRA team has advanced to the World Championship, its first time as a State Champion.