- 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.
Harding Academy places among the top 20% of private schools in Tennessee for:
- Category Attribute
- Advanced Degrees Highest percentage of faculty with advanced degrees
- Student Body Largest student body
- Sports offered Most sports offered
|School Membership(s)School Assoc.||National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)|
Southern Association Of Colleges And Schools (SACS)
|Grades Offered||Grades Prekindergarten-8|
|Total Students||511 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|Students by Grade|
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||53 teachers|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||10:1|
National avg.: 13:1
|% Faculty w/Advanced Degree|
|Average Class Size||18 students|
|Classroom Dress Code||Casual|
Finances and Admission
|Admission Deadline||None / Rolling|
|Tuition Notes||2019-20 School Year Tuition Pre-Kindergarten $12,500 Lower School (grades K-5) $20,275 Middle School (grades 6-8) $21,275Those 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. Fees are detailed|
|Total Sports Offered||14 sports|
|Sports||Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Dance, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, WrestlingBaseball, Basketball,|
Cheering, Cross Country,
Tennis, Track and Field,
|Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.||14 extracurriculars|
|ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.||Club or Organization:|
BROWNIES, CUB SCOUTS AND BOY SCOUTS, DAISIES, GIRL SCOUT CADETS, HOMEWORK CLUB, 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, SOCCER
Profile last updated:
- School Location Miles Grades Students
- Nashville Grades: K-12 | 1073 students
211 Ensworth Place
Nashville, TN 37205
(615)250-8916 2.1 K-12
- Nashville Grades: NS-12
2323A Old Hickory Blvd
Nashville, TN 37215
(615)373-9550 3.7 NS-12
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.
- Posted by Parent - m&j
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.
- Posted by Parent - c.kam
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.
- Posted by Parent - lizac
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.
- Posted by Parent - csvre
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.
- Posted by Parent - ssmax
The perfect place for my two boys. Nurturing, challenging, supportive. We are so happy to be part of the Harding community.
- Posted by Parent - baker