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.
FRA has been a wonderful experience for our family. My boys have been here since Pre-K4 and are now in the 7th grade. The things we wanted were a Pre-K through 12 program and Christian environment, loving teachers. Things we didn't expect that make us love this school: FRA wants to help every student find out what they excel at doing, they're best school in the area for student/school wide technology, it is very much a family environment and there is opportunity to get as involved as you'd like, the opportunity to 'be there'.
FRA is the best of the best in mid-TN. Academics are outstanding, strong Christian morals are stressed, their leadership development program is incredible, and athletics are amazing--they are among the top 5 schools, I think, for state championships won in a variety of sports. Their fine and performing arts are also outstanding--many colleges do not have the high caliber talent that regularly graces the stages of FRA. The technology is tops in the entire state. The most important thing, coming from a parent, is that each child receives personal instruction and is nutured, challenged, and encouraged in all areas.
The Middle School at FRA is incredible; the leadership of the middle school is incredible and the teachers are amazing.
FRA is wonderful in many different ways. It's academics are on a high level, which is a great credit to its teachers. The athletics are outstanding, and games are very fun. The arts at FRA are amazing. The level of talent is ridiculous. Even all this would make FRA a great school, but there is one more thing that truly puts it over the top. The relationships with teachers and coaches is incredible. Teachers are willing to help you with any question you may have, and they truly enjoy their job. You can joke around and make fun of most any teacher, but be prepared to be made fun of yourself if you make fun of them, all in good fun of course!
This school has very many great things about it and is wonderful in geting your child ready for college.
Nothing but positive things to say about this school. Our son loves going to school everyday, we get plenty of feedback and information from the teachers and administration and the FRA staff really loves the kids! Parents can be involved as they want to be.
FRA has a great christian environment and has many wonderful teachers. I never want to leave this school!
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