The National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is 98 year-old tradition that started with President Calvin Coolidge. This annual event takes place on The Ellipse, just south of the White House, and features live musical performances from a variety of artists. This year, 2005 FRA alumna Melodie Malone will perform at the ceremony with her group Passion. The group has sold over two million units and released their first Christmas album this 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
- 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."
Congratulations to the following students for being inducted into the Tri-M Music Honor Society this week: Georgia Austin, Lexi Cole, Thomas Daniels, Stanley Davis, Harrison Douglass, Natalie Gillum, Sarah Hawkins, and Noah Parrott.
"Paul Sposato is our president and brings Tri-M membership history from his former school in Peoria, Illinois," Bob Chandler, our director of instrumental music, said. "Tri-M requires students to be active in a school music ensemble, with grades no less than A, and no grade below a B in all other subjects. Tri-M also requires community service for membership. We are proud of our new members!"
The Franklin Road Academy robotics team, the RoboPanthers, competed in a tournament hosted by Brentwood Academy this weekend. The final round featured FRA RoboPanthers Team 97934X versus Team 97934U, with Team X winning the final competition 29-6.
Congratulations to Team X members Caleb Huddleston (12), William Roberts (12), Addy Carroll (12), Reilly Robinson (11), and Bailey Bonde (9) for their first place finish and to Team U members Garrison Harold (12), Critter May (12), and Claire Conley (11) for their second place finish.
Click here to watch the live stream video from the tournament.
Congratulations to the following students who were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society today. We're proud of your hard work and dedication to knowledge, scholarship, character, citizenship, and service.
For five FRA seniors, a historic run came to an end on Tuesday at Willowbrook Golf Club for the 2020 TSSAA Div-II Golf State Championships. Once again, both boys and girls teams qualified for State by winning their Region Tournaments. The boys were playing in their third straight State Tournament while the girls were competing in their tenth straight State Tournament. The girls were seeking their fourth straight title and eighth overall.
FRA proudly inducted five students into the International Robotics Honor Society today with a ceremony on the quad. Congratulations to Langston Harold ('23), Ryan Holman ('23), Critter May ('21), William Roberts ('21), and Reilly Robinson ('22).
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 20 students.
Starting this year, our Head of Middle School Ryan Harris will take on the additional responsibility of assistant head of school for external affairs. Ryan will continue to lead our middle school and serve as assistant head this year before completely transitioning into his new role for the 2021-22 school year. Currently in his eighth year at FRA, Ryan holds a master's degree in educational administration and supervision and a bachelor's degree in elementary education and teaching from Trevecca Nazarene University.
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.
We are proud to introduce our new board members for the 2020-21 school year. From business operations and strategy to communications and philanthropy, these six individuals bring an incredible amount of experience and expertise to the board. Jared Allen, Jeb Beasley, Victor Berrios, Matthew Denmark, Rosemary Plorin, and Jaimie Robinson will join Board President Clif Tant '94, and members Laura Campbell, Tobi Jane Frankfather, Steve Halas, Daron Hall, Patti Hudgins, Dr. Tamika Hudson, Kimberly Jackson, John S. Larkin II, Michael Lindseth, Jr. ’88, Steve Maggart, R. Dale Mitchell, Andrew Scarlett ’97, and Christy Smith.