Each year, Franklin Road Academy presents the Frankie Awards to recognize students for exceptional work throughout the year in fine and performing arts. It is our pleasure to announce the award winners for the 2019-20 school 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
- 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."
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 by welcoming them into a society that only exists at schools that confirm superior scholastic achievement.
FRA Junior, Spencer Guy, was selected as a member of the Tennessee All-State Band, which was to begin this week, and end with concerts on Saturday at Opryland. After months of preparation and auditions on trumpet, the Tennessee All-State experience was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Spencer deserves a big congratulations still. We are proud of his accomplishments!
This weekend, we had five teams compete in the VEX Robotics State Competition. After two days of intense competition, the FRA RoboPanthers are sending a record-breaking four teams to the World Competition in April.
Our robotics teams came back to school today with seven awards from the White House tournament this weekend. They competed alongside 40 teams total.
Tournament Champions: Team X (Caleb Huddleston, William Roberts, Stephen Hohnholt, Reilly Robinson) & Team U (Campbell Jeffrey, Garrison Harold, Olivia Maki)
Franklin Road Academy has named Jay Salato as its new head of upper school. Salato will transition from his current role of upper school dean of student life beginning July 1, 2020. He will replace Prentice Stabler, who will remain at FRA, serving as associate head of school.
I experienced my first trip to the principal’s office in the fall of my kindergarten year. The trip was a result of a dispute between me, my arch-nemesis Forrest, and my kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Snowden. Surrounded by a gaggle of five-year-olds, I was proud to announce the news that Mrs. Snowden had shared with me earlier that day: I was the best reader in the kindergarten class. “No,” Forrest interjected, “She told me that I was the best reader.” I was appalled and disgusted at this discrepancy. Someone was lying. I was certain that the angelic Mrs. Snowden could not be at fault, and I knew that I wasn’t lying, so the incontestable truth was that Forrest was usurping my position and undermining my crowning and well-deserved accolade. My path forward was clear: gather support, publicly shame Forrest, and throw a calculator at his face. What I had envisioned as a proud and glorious defeat of evil by good and falsehood by truth turned out to be the first black mark on my record.
The FRA RoboPanthers team 97934X won the Tournament Champions meet Saturday, Nov. 16 in Mountain City and now move on to state championships and the U.S. Open
The annual FRA Fourth Grade Visual and Performing Arts Show highlighted the performing and artistic talents of each fourth grade student recently incorporating aspects of their visual and arts curriculum on the stage and on canvas.
FRA students, faculty, and staff gathered Monday to honor veterans who have served our country, including nine alumni currently on active duty.