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Father Ryan High School

Private | 9-12 | 933 students


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Posted June 11, 2014

Feel part of a community that instills faith and morals. Great education by teachers that are caring and involved. Strong administration that is accessible. A school where everyone is known and can find their niche. Highly recommend to even those students whom are not Catholic. Teachers and coaches that mentor your child and prepare them for college. Loved having the block schedule and various leveled choices in core classes. Teachers always giving the extra time for your child to succeed. Beautiful campus and outstanding leadership team.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 11, 2014

The school? Very nice. The students? That's a different story. After moving across the country, my family decided to send me to Father Ryan. It was very unwelcoming. I tried to be friendly and talk to people everyday, but it just felt like the students ignored me. I just felt like I didn't fit in. At my old school, I had nice, caring friends. Here I didn't ever even make one. It made me just feel lonely and depressed. I don't recommend this school for people who aren't from Tennessee. It seems like nearly everyone went to Elementary school and Middle school together. Therefore, they already had there group of friends and didn't want new meet new people. Hopefully this problem can be fixed for future students, because I would hate for others to have the same experience I did.
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Posted February 18, 2013

My son has attendended this school for a year now. This is probably the worst school you could possibly send your child to. It has little to no diversity in their students making "most" of them very similar. No one stands out in any special way. Just a bunch of preppy athletes as my son says. Some teachers single out students and make other students seem lower when everyone should be equal. Teachers dont follow policies by only applying them to some students. My son left and is now attending Hillsboro. Its not a good school and he loves it. Thats what matters. I highly recommend public school if your child isnt really having that great connection with a private school.
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Posted November 2, 2010

FRHS is an incredible school. I transferred there my junior year in 2006 and was astonished by the strong community and spirit of the school. Father Ryan focuses on producing well-rounded young adults and the things I learned there go far beyond the classroom. Also when I entered college I discovered we were far more prepared academically then the vast majority of our peers. I look forward to sending my children there.

Posted October 13, 2010

Its commitment to the students is outstanding!

Posted October 1, 2007

This is by far the best private school in Middle Tennessee. The teachers, personnel, and coaches are exceptional.
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Posted August 11, 2006

Having a 2006 Graduate of FRHS, I have seen first hand what Father Ryan offers students. It not only offers a very solid education, it produces mature, responsible young men and women that can interact with adults in almost any situation. We have been so impressed with FRHS that it was our only choice for our second child, now a freshman at Father Ryan. *There are a lot of changes being implemented this year, including a new principle. With that in mind, my scores are based on what I have experienced up to this current school year.
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Posted October 7, 2004

We have two children enrolled this year and both are brand new to Father Ryan. We are so happy with how well our children have been embraced by the Father Ryan community. The teachers, administrators, coaches, and students have been so accepting and welcoming to our kids. We've been impressed by the facilities and the teachers. We couldnt have made a better choice for our kids than to attend Father Ryan
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Posted February 23, 2004

I am an alumni of Father Ryan and I feel that when I went to college I was more than prepared for what was ahead of me. It really is more than a school, it's a family as well.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted September 9, 2003

Fr. Ryan is a wonderful 'community'. There is so much love there and so many wonderful faculty members and students. It truly gets better every year. I feel very blessed to have graduated one child from Fr. Ryan and currently have another there.
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Posted September 4, 2003

I graduated from Father Ryan in 2000 and I am proud to call myself an alumni. Things have changed since I went there but we are still a family. They helped me so much when I was filling out my college applications. Now, I am a Psychology major.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted August 26, 2003

Just wanted to let everyone know that FRHS is absolutely the best high school in Nashville. I attended FRHS for all 4 years of high school and I too wouldn't want to have experienced high school anywhere else! FRHS keeps making building improvements that are doing nothing but making this school better! Keep up the good work!
—Submitted by a former student

Posted August 10, 2003

father ryan is more than a school its a community you get what you put into it i cant say enough about it i wouldnt want my high school experience any other way
—Submitted by a former student

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 89% 67%
Black 4% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 2%
Hispanic 2% 7%
Two or more races 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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700 Norwood Drive
Nashville, TN 37204
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