We have been so thankful for FRA! I have never been at a school that cares more about the children! They care about the Whole child!!
FRA is a school that has promoted a good balance of academic, christian, and service oriented values in our daughter. The school sincerely cares about the children and encourages the children to not only be involved with the school, but also with the community. We have since enrolled our two small children into the schools PreK-3 program and can be confident in knowing the type of education and nurturing atmosphere they will experience. We would highly recommend FRA!
I have had children at FRA for 14 years now. My two oldest daughters graduated and have gone on to top Universities and have thrived academically, socially, philanthropically and spiritually. The caring environment that is FRA offers challenging academics, incredible comraderie among the students and families, and many opportunities for each student to excel whether it is in the classroom, on the athletic field, on the stage, or in another extra-curricular activity - or all of the above. The students learn that they can be successful in all areas given the opportunity and support of the faculty and student body. I also have a current student who has been there for 10 years. She has incredible confidence as a result of the many successes that she has had at FRA. FRA offers a wonderful partnership between family and school while giving every student an abundance of opportunities and support to succeed in them. All while being an inclusive Christian school. I can't say enough good things about my experiences at FRA.
I have three children at Franklin Road Academy and we have been for 4 years. My family and I have been welcomed into this wonderful community and been actively involved every year. All of my kids have had top notch, quality, caring, Christian teachers. The new deans at FRA are being talked about all over the Nashville community and are a perfect fit for our Academy. The technology program at FRA is far above other schools in the area. FRA loves each and every kid that walks the hallways and they constantly nurture, educate and help our kids grow to be scholars with integrity and balance.
I love this school! My children are receiving a wonderful education that is supported by a strong Christian foundation. They are loved and appreciated for their differences.
FRA is wonderful and unique in Nashville. As a co-ed, K-12, Christian school, it truly stands out in the community. We have 2 children attending and they are growing academically and spiritually. FRA is competitive athletically as it moved up to DIIA, but it has maintained a balance, not sacrificing academic standards or the character of the school. (Unlike other schools who have done whatever it takes to win state championships) Despite changes that have displeased a select few, the leaders of the school have never waivered on their commitment to the students and the school's mission. We have not experienced any of the negative situations suggested below and would highly recommend FRA to any family that wants a caring environment for their children to learn and grow academically, socially and spiritually.
We are so happy with FRA. It is everything we were looking for. The Deans of the Lower School and Middle School are the best in the country. Their enthusiasm for education is beyond what one can imagine.
I am an alumni of FRA and if you care about your child attending a school that encourages independent thinking, creativity, and treating people with respect, please run. FRA is and always will be a wealthy country club that warehouses kids of the Brentwood "elite." The bullying at this school borders the criminal in some instances and when I was there, superlatives would be given to the same kids every year depending on how much money was donated. If you're interested in a more caring, academically rigorous school, try St. Cecilia, MBA, or Father Ryan.
In my opinion some parents run the school and have to much say of what goes on. It is good to get the paying parents comments, but to let a select few have their way is crazy and spells disaster, exactly what has happened to the school. The school is not a Good Christian Environment. There are clicks and kids talking about other kids, and parents talking about other parents. Some teachers talk to about the kids..There are a few good teachers but the ones that are not good are really NO GOOD and should be gone. As far as the sports, maybe they are better in the upper grades, but in the middle school grades 5-8 it is a pre-determined roster based on who you are at the school. If I thought it was just me being hard to please, there is about half the school leaving, So there are plenty of concerns here. The school will be back one day, but it will take a few years and we simply dont have a few years to throw away and throw away that kind of money.
I am definitely a REAL parent! My son has attended FRA the last two years and this school is WONDERFUL!! My son transferred from another local private school. There was some staffing changes in the administration and some parents did panic unnecessarily in my opinion. The transition has been smooth. I am very glad we stayed FRA will be even better. So if you had a negative experience, you are not speaking for all of us!! My son has maintained Head's List and has excelled in sports. I LOVE the Christian enviroment he is in there,also.
I honestly can't imagine some of the glowing reviews. Poor experience for my child.we were sold a bill of goods, and when we got there it was not good.many families panicking o get their children out of here! Please please beware.whomever is writing the good reviews on this school is either working for the school or just part of the problem.due diligence needed here.
I have two children at FRA that started in PreK and are headed to high school. I have been so happy here and blown away with how the teachers work with my two very different children. I find that the teachers truly care about my children and communicate with me often both with positive and negative feedback to keep them moving forward. The emphasis on servant leadership is important to me as well; I feel that this school tries to nuture the student without creating a sense of "elitism" you would find at most private schools.
It doesn't get much better. FRA has been wonderful for my boys and my family. They are getting an outstanding college preparatory education. My boys are involved in multiple sports and are encouraged to participate in as many things as they can, and learning in the process how to keep things in balance. The Christian environment supports our family and church life and my boys have become leaders at school and at church. I'm proud of the work ethic that we have instilled in our boys and the way the school supports how you can reach your goals by hard work. What an amazing ride this has been. My children started in PK4 and will graduate next year. Thank you to a school that is a family and really makes a difference!!
Franklin Road Academy is a great school. The best part of the school is the many opportunities for each individual child to succeed. For example, I know many students who have the chance to play sports while at the same time be in the arts. The academics are just as balanced. The college counselors are amazing and the curriculum prepares the student well for a successful college experience. FRA students are truly scholars with integrity and balance. Although, some say we don't have the best facilities in town nor are we perfect but you can't deny the forever impact your child will have in the relationship with FRA teachers. FRA has an incredible group of teachers who care about the success of the individual child and their full potential. I've been at FRA since 2000 and I've been teaching (technology) for over 20 years. I highly recommend Franklin Road Academy to any parent to consider for their child. Please visit our website to discover more about FRA--http://www.franklinroadacademy.com.
Very poor exuse for a prep school.beware of this place, administration is in a shambles,select few families run it, all others considered "outsiders".testing scores here are at the bottom for independant schools, and are actually lower than the local public schools??? What a mistake we have made by placing my child in this joke of a school!if you are looking for an overpriced,under achieving,mini country club, this is the place for you! There are some good teachers here, but the bad far overshadows the good.I will be taking my child out of here, I hope it is not too late, admissions directors at local schools are adding FRA "task Forces" to accommodate the influx of Families leaving!! I was truly amazed at having a principle, and a teacher "roll their eyes" at me during a parent /teacher meeting?? Very disrespectful, unacceptable behaviour for a Twelve year old!
Great school. Languages( Latin,Spanish, French), Technology, Science(s)( biology, chemisty, physics..., Art, Music (chorus, band) , Math (Geometry, Algebra, Trig...) AP Honor classes, Theatre, Wellness, History, Sports (volleyball, tennis, football, bowling, basketball, baseball, wrestling, swimming, soccer), track, cheerleading. The school provides opportunities for the kids to attent Bear Creek in Alabama, or trips to New York, Chicago or Washington DC.. Philanthropy programs. There are so many wonderful things to say about FRA. Like any school it's not perfect but when issues arise the school takes appropriate measures. Well-rounded school. Small class sizes. Safe campus . Administration staff, teachers, maintenance crew all wonderful. Most importantly, "FRA develops students of integrity with Christian values to sustain and lead them in lives that will make a difference."
We shopped extensively for a new school for our kids. The most important factors were the administration of the school, quality of teachers, the curriculum and finally the social environment from a child's perspective. We have been very pleased with FRA. The school is led by Dr. Sissy Wade who has built a strong administration team whose focus is on creating a leading-edge curriculum and a learning environment that produces really smart kids who have confidence and the tools to achieve whatever they set their heart and mind to. The school is quick to identify and adapt to the needs of the student (provide gifted curriculum or extra assistance) without drawing attention to the student (very important to the kids because they tend to want to blend in during the teen years). The staff is outstanding at providing a caring learning environment that sets the bar high but not unattainable. All of the teachers are very in tune with the kids. The school has extensive programs in the arts and sports. Most notably are the programs that help develop one's character. FRA is built on a stellar administration which encourages and enables kids to be the best they can be.
When I was younger, my dream was to graduate from FRA and send my kids there once they became of age. Now I realize that if the school continues on the downward path that it is on, I won't want my children anywhere near it. The academics are fine and the teachers are very attentive and caring, but the administration and board are trying to make the school something that it is not. They have become almost obsessed with trying to make the school on par in football with other schools, such as Ensworth and Brentwood Academy. They don't understand that not being on par with those schools in football doesn't matter to the students or even parents. The school has thrived on being good at other sports in the past, and that had been what was setting us apart. Also, the tablet PC programs that the school administered is almost pointless. The point of the program, in the eyes of the board and administration, was to set the school apart technologically, but it actually has put us behind in my opinion. The computer allow us to write on the screens, but they are poorly constructed computer and almost useless for anything but writing. The cons of the program far outweigh the benefits.
FRA is an excellent school. I attended the school kindergarten through senior year and now have three children at the school. The excellent teachers meet the needs of my children. Each child is unique yet matched with the teacher that works with my child's needs. I love that my children can play on the football team and participate in the school play. Dr. Sissy Wade, head of school, leads well and excels in the academic field. I know FRA is preparing my children for college and to be able to succeed in their college choice.
Our children attended 2 years. My husband was an alumni and we had great expectations. Not only disapointed but confused about the curriculum or lack of one. Never have I seen their elementary curriculum and the math and reading areas in pre-k and kindergarten were weak. I taught kindergarten for 9 years so I should know. We had to tutor an entire summer to prepare our children for a different school.
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