Athletics is a great place where students are taught to keep trying as well as have grit. All students can participate at the JV level to try a sport as well as learn about it. The Varsity level provides competition at another level. Additionally, students are constantly given vigorous academics (yet nurturing) that develop determination.
Students are encouraged to be their best self and encourage that in others. Students cheer for students who participate in chess matches, compete in math tournaments, perform the violin in front of the whole school, win the wrestling tournament, perform in a play, get an art award, or succeed in athletics. Accomplishments are celebrated by all.
From my child's first day of school, a middle school student asked to walk my child to her class. When she drops a book, another student offers to pick it up. Students care about one another, help each other on the sports field, and connect across grade levels with the buddy program and House activities.
Harding Academy, an elementary school in Nashville, TN balances a nurturing environment with strong academics. My child's curiosity is encouraged in the homeroom, in special areas, in competitive athletics, and in the strong arts department. The House system, community code, and buddy program create a warm environment where students encourage each other across grade levels. The faculty are incredible and know my child beyond her grade level. We are so fortunate to be at Harding Academy. We know that our child will be prepared for a lifetime of learning in high school, college, and beyond.
Harding is a wonderful school. We chose Harding because we were immediately struck upon visiting at how it felt warm, caring, supportive, and fun. Since our children have been at Harding that initial impression has only been confirmed over and over again. Teachers are loving, responsive, and experienced, and do an excellent job understanding what each child needs and challenging them individually. My children have SO many opportunities to participate in arts, sports, music, theater, science - the depth and variety of experience they are exposed to is just fantastic. I have really enjoyed the Harding community also - generally the group of parents has been low-key, friendly, and unassuming. I couldn't recommend Harding highly enough!
Teachers are warm, caring, and effective. The teaching method is traditional and a needs to be more "hands on". But I don't doubt that my kids are receiving a good education. The parents are very cliquey, though. Not good assimilation for new parents. Hard to fit it as a new family.