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.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked TN School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 509 students
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Harding Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Tennessee for:

Category
Attribute
Sports offered

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded
1971

Student Body

Total Students
509 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
10%
State avg.: 21%
Students by Grade
Harding Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
62 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
72%
Average Class Size
18 students
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
Uniform

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Tuition Notes
2022-23 School Year Tuition Pre-Kindergarten $12,750 Lower School (grades K-5) $23,100 Middle School (grades 6-8) $24,865 Those accepted for admission pay a non-refundable $1,000 deposit with their contract, which is applied toward tuition.Please note that tuition does not include the cost of activity fees, textbooks, personal supplies, or the optional lunch program.
% on Financial Aid
12%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$16,248
Admissions Director
Helen Brown
Admissions Associate
Gretchen Rucker Banzhoff

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
14 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
BROWNIES, CUB SCOUTS AND BOY SCOUTS, DAISIES, GIRL SCOUT CADETS, JUNIOR GIRLS SCOUTS, THE CHESS CLUB OR CHESS TEAM

Arts and Music Programs:
HARDING ACADEMY SCHOOL OF DANCE, MUSIC LESSONS

Recreational Athletic Programs:
BASEBALL, DISC GOLF, FLAG FOOTBALL AND BASKETBALL, LOWER SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY TEAM, Mountain Biking Club, SOCCER

School Notes

Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

What sports does Harding Academy offer?

Harding Academy offers 17 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Dance, Flag Football, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Weightlifting and Wrestling. Harding Academy is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in Tennessee for most sports offered.

What is Harding Academy's ranking?

Harding Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Tennessee for: Largest student body and Most sports offered.

When is the application deadline for Harding Academy?

The application deadline for Harding Academy is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (7 reviews)
5  
Harding is a challenging and incredible school. The teachers are great, classes are challenging, and the facilities are nice. The sports are fun, but on varsity it is not equal playing time. The plays are amazing! Our director makes us all feel important, even if we are in the ensemble. I would recommend it to anyone.
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5  
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  
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  
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  
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  
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  
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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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked TN School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 509 students
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Nashville, TN is $16,200 for elementary schools and $20,411 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Nashville, TN is 65% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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