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.
I think this is the best school in Nashville. My son started this school in 5th grade and is now in 11th. We could have chose any school. There is integrity, balance, and love here. I like the uniform dress code, I believe it helps the children focus on what's important. I think this school encourages individuality toward finding their unique and genuine gifts and talents...in a family-like supportive atmosphere. There is no perfect school on this earth. I have noticed that when things go wrong, this school handles situations openly (if appropriate for age group) and carefully. I love that problems are held in Christ light instead of condemnation. I wasn't sure about this school at first because some of my thinking is very liberal but I am truly grateful to have persevered and find I have grown here as much as my child! I believe my son is ready for college :).
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.
Wow, what a terrific school! I have two children currently attending FRA, both of whom are blossoming. The best part about FRA is that everyone can be somebody. Opportunities abound in art, athletics and academics. The culture at FRA is wholesome integrity matters. I do not believe there is a better college preparatory school in middle Tennessee.
The academics were above average when I was a student there from 8th-11th grades (2003-2007). Most teachers were kind, caring, and willing to help students outside of class. I found many of the parents and students to be snobby, condescending, self-absorbed, very cliquish, and extremely materialistic. I left the school after my junior year because I was subjected to so much bullying and mistreatment. In my opinion, the whole "Scholars with Integrity and Balance" thing is a farce; most of the administrators (esp. the Head of School) are interested in nothing but money and prestige. The tablet PC program was introduced my sophomore year of high school. In some ways, the laptops improved learning (especially for writing & research purposes), but they also made learning more difficult in math & science classes.
The most impressive school .... amazing teachers and you can tell the kids are happy by the smiles you see on their faces everyday...
Not only a parent, but an alum as well, FRA is like no other. A student can truly go anywhere and do anything and know that they are prepared for every opportunity.
It's not great. I'm definitely getting out of there as soon as I can. You aren't welcome if you've been there for a while. There are cliques, and they are very unfriendly. I would not recommend it.
Very supportive, kind, nurturing and loving environment along with top notch teachers and academics! Kudos to all at FRA for giving our recent graduate a top notch education!! We love ya'll
My teachers are always available if I need help, and really seem to care about my sucess. I have plenty of course options. The arts department is excellent. No school is perfect, but FRA has provided me with the education needed to be accepted into more than one of the top twenty universities in the country.
Great School--wonderful teachers very helpful and kind to my child-very kind and caring for all students and parents. Great Head Mistress Sissy Wade is a talented and smart lady. SHe is well liked.
Simply outstanding. Great balance of academics and extra-curricular activities. College-like administration and college-level instruction. Oh, by the way, this school has a moral compass and character matters. We could not be any happier.
FRA's teacher are simply outstanding. They are caring and dedicated professionals who not only do a great job of preparing each child for the academic rigors of college; they also develop meaningful relationships with students to mentor and guide them to grow into adults who will reach their potential while also looking beyond themselves to serve as leaders in college and in their careers. Our children have greatly benefitted from having gone to FRA; they attended challenging universities throughout the country, and they have all excelled there academically, athletically, and socially. We attribute much of the their success to the foundation that was given them by the teachers at FRA.
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