Franklin Road Academy

5.00 5 1 (6 reviews)
Tel: (615)832-8845
  • Franklin Road Academy (FRA) is a private, college preparatory, co-educational, inclusive Christian school for students in grades Pre-K3-12.
  • The school attracts students throughout the Nashville area, primarily Davidson and Williamson County residents. Franklin Road Academy provides a challenging educational experience in an inclusive Christian community with an unwavering commitment to develop leaders of integrity and purpose.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Southern Association Of Colleges And Schools (SACS)
Southern Association of Independent Schools
Religious AffiliationChristian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1971

Student Body

Total Students756 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 18%
Students by GradeFranklin Road Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers96 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size15 students
Number of AP Courses20 courses
Advanced CoursesBiology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Capstone, Chemistry, Computer Science Principles, English Language and Composition, English Literature, European History, French Language, Latin, Physics I, Physics II, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, Statistis, Studio Art - 3D Design, Studio Art - Drawing, U.S. History, World History,
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Uniform Dress Code - Khaki pants/Plaid Skirt)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesTuition ranges from $6,465-$21,135.
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorCourtney Williamson
Admissions AssociateHolly Koogler


Total Sports Offered19 sports
SportsBallet, Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cheering, Cross Country, Dance, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Weightlifting, WrestlingBalletBaseball,
CheeringCross Country,
GolfIce Hockey,
TennisTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.24 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Best Buddies, Books and Movies Club, Business Club, Emerging Leaders, Entrepreneurship Club, Fishing Club, Forensics, Interact Club, Latin Club, Literary Magazine, Math Club, Newspaper, Robotics Club, Science Club, Science Olympiad, Student Ambassadors

Arts and Music Programs:
3D Design, Ceramics, Choir, Dance, Drama, Instrumental Music, Performing Arts

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Lower School Cross Country

School Notes

  • Founded in 1971, Franklin Road Academy is a pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade, co-educational independent school offering the unique combination of a challenging and supportive educational experience in an inclusive Christian environment. FRA is a place where students are encouraged to think critically, act with integrity, and lead in service to others. There are currently 756 students enrolled in grades pre-K-12. While many students begin attending FRA as early as pre-kindergarten, there are multiple entry points; therefore, students come from a variety of backgrounds and sending schools. The overall student population represents 44 zip codes and 12 countries, and 21% of students receive need-based financial aid totaling approximately $1.6 million. FRA has a 100% college acceptance rate and 1/5 of the student body are students of color.
  • The 57-acre campus, 56 sports teams, several arts studios, and nearly 2,000 square foot Innovations Lab allow students to pursue any interest in academics, athletics, arts, the STEM field, and more.
  • Students participate in regular chapels and convocations, and each division has a special partnership with the Center for Philanthropic Studies, inspiring future leaders with servant hearts. Each year, students engage in Spiritual Emphasis Week, a week full of speakers and service opportunities, and Interim, a week-long experience where students travel abroad, do mission work, take a class, or shadow a professional in the area of their choice.
  • FRA has many unique programs, such as the Nissan English Language Learners Program (a program designed specifically for children whose parents work at Nissan to help them learn English and adjust to this transition), the Chinese and Guatemalan exchange programs, and Heart to Heart (a program designed for students with Down syndrome to enjoy school with their peers and receive individualized attention from the Heart to Heart staff).
  • FRA is accredited through AdvancED (formerly Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) and is a member of the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). FRA is also a member of National Association of College Admissions Counseling and complies with the Statement of Principles and Good Practices.
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (6 reviews)
5  9/1/2016
We are stating our second year. The adminstration and staff are fantastic. The teachers go above and beyond to create a positive learning environment. I will say that the parents are a little cliquey and fake. But you will find those people everywhere. As long as my kids are happy I'm happy.
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5  9/19/2015
My child has been receiving an outstanding educational experience at Franklin Road Academy for nearly ten years now. I am confident that FRA has been preparing him well for success in college and in life. The academics are strong and class sizes small, which allows teachers to really get to know their students and provide personal attention. FRA's ASPIRE program, Math Lab and Writing Lab offer accelerated work, as well as support students that need individual assistance. Pre-K through 12 on one campus is a big plus, prevents gaps in learning and promotes the concept of community. The "inclusive Christian" community is loving, has become increasingly diverse and includes many international students now. The children at FRA are taught to be persons of integrity and to be of service to others through valuable service learning projects that are part of the curriculum. My child has multiple interests and has always had countless opportunities at FRA in academics, the arts and athletics. Our family feels so blessed to be a part of FRA!
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5  9/19/2015
My child has been at FRA for nearly ten years now, and we are extremely pleased with his experience at the school. I am confident that FRA is preparing him not only for success in college, but for success in life. The challenging academics and small class size along with the inclusive Christian atmosphere have been a winning combination. My son is known, loved and well-cared for by the teachers and administrators at the school. Importantly, FRA is teaching him to be an individual of integrity and purpose, committed to being of benefit to the world. This is a very different from the egocentricity that I see being cultivated in other educational environments. The true appreciation of a well-rounded student is a big plus at FRA, with so many opportunities in academics, the arts, athletics and service/philanthropy. The school has made great strides in increasing diversity and now has a large number of international students that enrich the educational experience.
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5  9/19/2015
We have been at FRA for 14 years. We are so happy with our decision to send our children to this warm, inclusive, challenging school. My oldest was early accepted into college, and I attribute this to the incredible teachers. The school emphasizes a balanced, well rounded education. The Deans in the lower, middle, and upper schools are phenomenal. The new Head of school, Sean Casey, has been making wonderful changes. This is a great school.
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5  7/24/2015
We are in our 2nd year at FRA and we love it. My children are receiving a fantastic, well-rounded education. The education not only is applicable to their academics, but goes into sports and extra curriculars as well. The school stresses balance and I can see this in my children. I highly recommend this school. I highly recommend this school.
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5  7/24/2015
This is our 12th year at FRA, and I have never been more impressed and pleased with this school as I am this year. We have incredible new Deans in the Upper and Middle schools, a new Spiritual Emphasis Director, a new head of the Center for Philanthropic Studies, a new IPad program for the 5th and 6th grades, new math and writing labs, and a new Aspire Program. Couple that with our Lower School Dean and our outstanding facility, I can not image sending my children elsewhere. The academics are tough and my children are challenged to think outside the box. They are encouraged to be involved in both athletics and the arts. My children are receiving a well balanced education.
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