Harding Academy

  • 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.

Top Placements

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

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Southern Association Of Colleges And Schools (SACS)
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded1971

Student Body

Total Students495 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
2%
State avg.: 16%
Students by GradeHarding Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers53 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio9:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
71%
Average Class Size18 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Well Defined)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesPre-Kindergarten tuition for the 2017-2018 school year is $12,000 Lower School tuition (grades K-5) for the 2017-2018 school year is $18,810 Middle School tuition (grades 6-8) for the 2017-2018 school year is $19,610

Sports

Total Sports Offered14 sports
SportsBaseball, 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.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

School Notes

  •   Harding at a Glance Harding Academy is a co-educational day school serving pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. It is a unique learning community committed to its mission: To educate and inspire young people to become thoughtful, creative, lifelong learners and self-disciplined, responsible, caring citizens. FOUNDEDSchool Founded 1971Head of School David Skeen ACCREDITATIONSSouthern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS)Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) ACADEMICSSpanish, French, and Latin offered.In 2017, 53 seventh and eighth grade students earned recognition on the national language examsAvg. ERB stanine is 7.2 for grades 3-7 (averaged subtests) national normsStudents in grades 1-8 traditionally score far above grade level on the Gates-MacGinitie Reading Test by national norms. TECHNOLOGY325 Mbps Internet bandwidthOne-to-one laptop program grades 4 through 8.  Students take home MacBook Airs in grades 6 through 8.One-to-one iPad program grades K through 3.G Suite poweredeBooks for all middle school textbooksSmartBoard and projector in every classroom3D PrintersLego Robotics  COMMUNITY SERVICE2 to 3 all-school initiatives each year (e.g. Second Harvest, Soles for Souls, and Rally Foundation)middle school service days each trimester- Second Harvest, Warner Parks, Radnor Lakeindividual grade-level initiatives-K-Humane Society; first-Teddy bears for Metro police; second-UNICEF; third-Vanderbilt Children`s Hospital; fourth and fifth-McNeilly Center for Children; faculty-50 Forward VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTSgrade level plays for kindergarten through thirdfall musical for grades fifth through eighthspring musical for grades first through eighthband and choral programsindividual grade level rock bands sixth through eighthstudent art showgrade 4 docents at the Hermitage ATHLETICSEarly Fall SportsCheerleading, Girls/Boys Cross Country, Fifth/Sixth Football, Seventh/Eighth Football, Girls/Boys Golf, Girls/Boys Tennis, Girls Volleyball, and Mountain BikingLate Fall SportsGirls/Boys Soccer, Girls/Boys Swimming, and WrestlingWinter SportsGirls/Boys Basketball, Cheerleading, and Girls/Boys SwimmingSpring SportsBaseball, Disc Golf, Girls/Boys Lacrosse, and Girls/Boys Track Recent Successes2016 Boys Varsity Soccer HVAC Division A Champions ; 2016 Football Undefeated Season; 2017 Girls Varsity Basketball GNAC Runners-Up; 2017 Boys Varsity Basketball GNAC Runners-Up; 2016 Boys Tennis Tournament Runners-Up 20162017: 95 percent of students choose to participate-82 percent in two sports and 40 percent were four-season athletes. GRADUATESThe Class of 2017 will attend 11 high schools: Brownell-Talbot School (NE), Ensworth High School, Franklin Road Academy, Harpeth Hall, McCallie School, Montgomery Bell Academy, Newton South (MA), St. Cecilia Academy, Trinity Valley School (TX), University School of Nashville, Webb School (Bell Buckle, TN) LOCATIONSMain Campus170 Windsor DriveKever Park152 Blackburn AvenueAthletic Facilities6506 Hwy 70 SOCIAL MEDIAFacebookTwitterInstagram    .lst-kix_vhcyvatgbxuf-0>li:before{content:"025cf "}.lst-kix_igzotw83pnq9-1>li:before{content:"025cb "}.lst-kix_igzotw83pnq9-2>li:before{content:"025a0 "}.lst-kix_vhcyvatgbxuf-3>li:before{content:"025cf "}.lst-kix_vhcyvatgbxuf-4>li:before{content:"025cb "}.lst-kix_vhcyvatgbxuf-5>li:before{content:"025a0 "}.lst-kix_igzotw83pnq9-0>li:before{content:"025cf "}.lst-kix_vhcyvatgbxuf-7>li:before{content:"025cb "}.lst-kix_vhcyvatgbxuf-6>li:before{content:"025cf "}.lst-kix_vhcyvatgbxuf-8>li:before{content:"025a0 "}.lst-kix_igzotw83pnq9-7>li:before{content:"025cb 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  • Nashville
    Grades: K-12 | 1073 students
    2.1 miles
    211 Ensworth Place
    Nashville, TN 37205
    (615)250-8916
    2.1 K-12
    1073
  • Nashville
    Grades: PK-12 | 756 students
    5.3 miles
    4700 Franklin Pike
    Nashville, TN 37220
    (615)832-8845
    5.3 PK-12
    756
  • Nashville
    Abintra Montessori School
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    Montessori School
    Grades: PK-8 | 138 students
    2.2 miles
    914 Davidson Drive
    Nashville, TN 37205
    (615)352-4317
    2.2 PK-8
    138
  • Nashville
    Benton Hall Academy
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    Special Education School (Christian)
    Grades: 3-12 | 56 students
    6 miles
    5555 Franklin Pike
    Nashville, TN 37220
    (615)791-6467
    6 3-12
    56
  • Nashville
    Grades: NS-12
    3.7 miles
    2323A Old Hickory Blvd
    Nashville, TN 37215
    (615)373-9550
    3.7 NS-12
    n/a

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  5.00 out of 5  (6 reviews)
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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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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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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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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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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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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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