My son, Casey Sprankle is now in 10th grade at Nashville Christian School. He went to Currey Ingram Academy since he was in elementary school because of his severe dyslexia. Moving into Nashville Christian his freshman year was a huge step for him. The HS LIFE Coordinator, Lynette Carlucci took
Casey under her wing and encouraged him daily and pushed him through to where now he is thriving and doing great at Nashville Christian. I could go on and on about her. She is an outstanding teacher who my family loves dearly.
I'm grateful for the president of the school down to each student. I'm a teacher at NCS and last year I was diagnosed with a tumor below my brain. It was causing me to go blind and I had surgery at the end of March. I was out for 6 six weeks and the school supported me through the recovery process. The school leaders supported me in my time off. I was so worried about not being at school and the number of sick days, but they comforted me by taking care of my school duties. I'm so grateful for the support of the school. On the last day of school, the staff and teachers ate at a local restaurant. They surprised me with money, gift cards, and note cards. School leaders, teachers, and parents gave to this overwhelming care package within 48 hour notice. My family was so humbled by the gift. My situation is an example of the gererous nature of NCS. This is why I'm thankful to be at a place that is so loving.
Mrs. Forehand and Mrs. Randell,
These teachers have encouraged my children to grow academically and spiritually. Their passion for learning allied with being the arms and feet of Christ has been such a blessing. Often serving quietly behind the scenes and allowing the students to shine. I am a grateful and thankful parent for all your love and hard work. May God continue to shine through your teaching careers.
As a Nashville native, I'm familiar with the private and public schools in the Nashville area, but I didn't know about Nashville Christian School until 2012. My three children now attend NCS and have unique strengths and challenges. NCS successfully customized educational needs for my overachiever by enabling her to attend a couple of Honors classes in High School as a Middle School student. As a Freshman, she is currently taking Honors, AP, and Dual Enrollment classes. She works hard, but still has time to be a child and find time to relax and enjoy life. My son with physical and learning disabilities is free of bullying for the first time in years! Bullying exists in every school, but NCS handles such issues with swift and appropriate action involving both students and parents alike. Teachers build his confidence and encourage him to advocate for himself when he needs help. Exceptional Fine Arts, Theatre, and after school clubs provide opportunities for non-athletes to build friendships and gain confidence in their unique abilities. The diverse student body at NCS reflects the various cultures, ethnicities, and uniqueness in our society. All three of my children are academically challenged, without being buried under a mountain of homework every night. They still have time to relax and enjoy life outside of school. NCS students learn to be intelligent, free thinking, well rounded citizens in a supportive, relaxed environment. No school is perfect, but this one is truly Nashville's hidden gem.
Mr. Carlucci has inspired my son to give his best effort academically and has taught him why History relates to our world today. He has made my son a better student and a more determined person in general. Connie Jo Shelton is the Head of NCS. She genuinely loves what she does and it is evident. The school is thriving under her leadership.
Most of the teachers are excellent. The Middle School teachers engage their students and inspire them to love learning and respect each other. The only teacher that isn't excellent is the Middle School History teacher. He teaches the children to memorize facts, instead of inspiring a love of History. It's a shame, but he does the best he can. In High School, almost every teacher is excellent. Mrs. Harper (English), Mr. Carlucci (History & Psychology), Mrs. Shivers (Physics), Mrs. Hinds-Brown (AP Human Geography & Economics) are among the favorites. My children enjoy learning and actually look forward to future lessons. My only complaints in High School are the Biology and Chemistry teachers. The Biology teacher is an MD who teaches at the University level. She's brilliant, but teaches the children as if they've already mastered the basics of Biology. They're learning at the University level! It's too stressful, though. The Chemistry teacher is very young and has a hard time staying on track. She frequently gets distracted. Her students end up teaching themselves.
Personally, I think it's just the right amount. My children always have some homework, but they aren't overwhelmed by it. They have learned to plan ahead and work on projects in steps so they don't procrastinate and panic the night before a project or paper is due. Most afternoons, they have 30 minutes to an hour of homework. Sometimes they have none.
Absolutely! My overachiever looks forward to impressing her teachers by giving an extra effort. My LD son knows that he doesn't need to fear making a mistake because his teachers are there to help him learn, not be perfect. He is now working on his homework without prodding or complaining. It's wonderful to see him so excited about learning.
As an occasional substitute teacher in the High School, I have seen staff and teachers act with patience, kindness, and a sense of humor on a daily basis. However, when students make bad choices (PC for cheating, laziness, etc) I have seen those same people act swiftly and seriously with appropriate action and logical consequences. Students learn quickly that their kind teachers have rules, expectations, and boundaries!