Harding Academy

5.00 5 1 (6 reviews)
170 Windsor Drive
Nashville, TN 37205-0372
Tel: (615)356-5510
Grades: PK-8 | 520 students
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The mission of Harding Academy is to educate and inspire young people to become thoughtful, creative, life-long learners who are self-disciplined, responsible, caring citizens.
Harding Academy offers an educational environment and developmentally-appropriate experiences designed to foster academic excellence and to nurture each student's intellectual, emotional, social, and moral growth. The school supports development and enrichment of the curriculum, as well as the use of a variety of learning experiences to challenge each student, stimulate creativity, and inspire a life-long desire for learning.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Southern Association Of Colleges And Schools (SACS)
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded 1971

Student Body

Total Students 520 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
4%
State avg.: 17%
Students by Grade Harding Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 52 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 10:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
52%
Average Class Size 18 students
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Tuition Notes Pre-Kindergarten tuition for the 2015-2016 school year is $10,000 Lower School tuition (grades K-5) for the 2015–2016 school year is $17,800 Middle School tuition (grades 6-8) for the 2015–2016 school year is $18,320 Middle School tuition (grades 6-8)

Sports

Total Sports Offered 14 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Dance, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
CheeringCross Country,
DanceFootball,
GolfLacrosse,
SoccerSwimming,
TennisTrack and Field,
VolleyballWrestling,

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 9 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. CUB SCOUTS AND BOY SCOUTS, DAISIES, BROWNIES, JUNIOR GIRLS SCOUTS, GIRL SCOUT CADETS, DISC GOLF, HARDING ACADEMY SCHOOL OF DANCE, HOMEWORK CLUB, LOWER SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY TEAM, MUSIC LESSONS, SOCCER, BASEBALL, FLAG FOOTBALL AND BASKETBALL, THE CHESS CLUB OR CHESS TEAM DISC GOLF, HOMEWORK CLUB, MUSIC LESSONS, CUB SCOUTS AND BOY SCOUTS,
DAISIES, BROWNIES, JUNIOR GIRLS SCOUTS, GIRL SCOUT CADETS,
HARDING ACADEMY SCHOOL OF DANCE,
LOWER SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY TEAM,
SOCCER, BASEBALL, FLAG FOOTBALL AND BASKETBALL,
THE CHESS CLUB OR CHESS TEAM,

School Notes

STUDENTS & FACULTY
  • 502 students (grade PreK8)
  • class size average: 18
  • kindergarten represents 27 sending schools
  • 5 counties and 28 zip codes represented at Harding
  • teaching faculty: 55 percent hold advanced degrees
FOUNDED 
  • School Founded 1971
  • Head of School David Skeen
ACCREDITATIONS
  • Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS)
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
ACADEMICS
  • Spanish, French, and Latin offered.
  • In 2015, 51 students earned recognition on the national language exams
  • In 2015-16, 32 of 49 seventh graders qualified to take the ACTs. Of those who took the test, 17 received state recognition and 4 received national recognition (top 3% nationally).avg.
  • ISEE score in 2015 was 6 (averaged subtests)avg.
  • ERB stanine is 7.8 for 8th graders historically (averaged subtests)avg. middle school reading score is post high school
COMMUNITY SERVICE
  • 2 to 3 all-school initiatives each year (e.g. Second Harvest, Soles for Souls, and Rally Foundation)middle school service days each trimester
  • individual grade-level initiatives--K-Humane Society; first-Teddy bears for Metro police; second-UNICEF; third-Vanderbilt Childrens Hospital; fourth and fifth-McNeilly Center for Children; faculty-50 Forward
VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS
  • grade level plays for kindergarten through thirdfall musical for grades fifth through eighthspring musical for grades first through eighthstrings programband and choral programsindividual grade level rock bands sixth through eighth
ATHLETICS

Early Fall Sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Girls/Boys Cross Country
  • Fifth Football
  • Sixth Football
  • Seventh/Eighth Football
  • Girls/Boys Golf
  • Girls Volleyball
Late Fall Sports
  • Girls/Boys Soccer
  • Girls/Boys Swimming
  • Wrestling
Winter Sports
  • Girls/Boys Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Girls/Boys Swimming
Spring Sports
  • Boys Baseball
  • Disc Golf
  • Girls/Boys Lacrosse
  • Girls/Boys Tennis
  • Girls/Boys Track
Recent Successes
  • 2014 H.V.A.C. Girls Volleyball Champions
  • 2014 H.V.A.C. Boys Cross-Country Champions
  • 2014 H.V.A.C. Girls Cross-Country Champions
  • 2014 H.V.A.C. Boys Golf Runners-Up
  • 2014 H.V.A.C. Girls Soccer Runners-Up
  • 2014 G.N.A.C. Girls Basketball Champions
  • 20132014: 96 percent of students choose to participate-91 percent in two sports and 46 percent were four-season athletes.
GRADUATES
  • The Class of 2016 chose 13 high schools: Ensworth High School (15), Harpeth Hall (12), University School of Nashville (8), Montgomery Bell Academy (5), St. Cecilia`s Academy (2), Brentwood Academy (1), Collegiate School of Louisville (1), Father Ryan High School (1), Franklin Road Academy (1), Phillips Academy - Exeter (1), St. Andrew`s School-Sewanee (1), Webb School of Bell Buckle (1)
LOCATIONS
Main Campus 170 Windsor Drive
Kever Park 152 Blackburn Avenue
Athletic Facilities 6506 Hwy 70
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (6 reviews)
5.0  11/25/2016
We moved to Nashville a year and a half ago and joined the Harding family. Our kids have been so loved by their teachers. They've been more inspired and excited than challenged or pushed academically (which I mean in such a good way). They are so proud of themselves and have created so many good friends. Their learning is absolutely incredible, but we're more embracing and proud of their allegiance to the Harding Code. The exposure to so many different programs has been such a gift ... and has taught our children to be open to trying new things, and gain confidence by doing so. The faculty is terrific. The other students and families are very welcoming. We've had a great experience with Harding.
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5.0  7/1/2016
I have been thrilled with Harding Academy. It is an inclusive, nurturing environment where my children have thrived and developed, academically and socially. The Community Code weaves its way throughout the school, and it underscores the nurturing interactions between the teachers and the students and among the students themselves. The children consistently treat each other with respect, kindness, and compassion, and I know they will develop lifelong skills for learning and discovery. I absolutely would recommend Harding.
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5.0  3/17/2016
Harding Academy is an outstanding elementary school. We chose HA because of its challenging yet nurturing environment. The kids and families are made to feel welcome and it allows confidence to grow throughout the student body. Every one supports one another at HA and you feel part of a greater community. Both of our children have strived academically and socially. As a Harding Alum myself, I am always proud to state HA as our school.
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5.0  2/26/2016
Harding Academy's academic excellence stems from its incredible faculty. With an impressively low student-teacher ratio, my child has been encouraged to think critically and independently with skills for a lifetime. The school is extremely challenging yet nurturing. The buddy system, Houses, and community code create a warm and inviting atmosphere where a child can thrive and broaden their experience across grade levels. HA has sparked my child's curiosity, leadership skills, artistic ambitions, and athletic ability.
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5.0  2/26/2016
Harding Academy is an outstanding private elementary school. It strikes a balance between being academically challenging but also nurturing. It offers countless opportunities to develop leadership skills and critical thinking. For a relatively small school, it also offers a wealth of opportunities in the arts, athletics, technology, and after school enrichment programs. The school abides strongly by its Community Code of values. We think the prek through eight experience here is unparalleled in Nashville and we are so impressed with the leadership opportunities offered for middle schoolers. We have been delighted with the faculty. Our children have blossomed, each in their own way, and we can't think of a better school in Nashville.
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5.0  2/26/2016
The perfect place for my two boys. Nurturing, challenging, supportive. We are so happy to be part of the Harding community.
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