The inclusive Christian community and focus on service learning at FRA help the students develop compassion, caring and empathy. FRA’s Center for Philanthropic Studies is very unique, and its programs have truly resonated with my son. The Center integrates service programs into academics, spiritual life, and student activities at every grade level through community service, philanthropy, education and service learning opportunities.
I attended FRA for seven years, and I am proud to call myself an alumna. The arts department at FRA helped me discover my passion for design, and because of my educational experiences, I was able to attend one of the top design universities in the country. FRA will always be considered home, and the friendships I made there are lifelong ones, particularly my teammates from the '02 and '04 state championship soccer team!
FRA is a school of academically low expectations. The students are unmotivated when push comes to shove and rude to their teachers and classmates. They are pretty much given this right by the administration which allows them to get away with everything and be disrespectful to the faculty. Also, FRA's programs are just plain mediocre from the athletics to the arts. Their programs and academics do not compete with other academics in Nashville. The positive write ups below are misleading. I pulled my daughter from this school and sent her to Ensworth, where she is loving it now! She is no longer bullied by FRA students and administration. Think twice about selecting this school.
FRA has a unique program called "Hear to Heart" for students with down syndrome and the effect these students have on the entire student body cannot be measured. This program adds a dimension to FRA that you will not find at other schools in Nashville. Our family has been blessed by these students and our lives have been touched in a special way. The compassion and caring that I have seen by students in every division has floored me. FRA promotes putting others before yourself and I see this modeled by the faculty on a daily basis. FRA gets an A+ in this department!!!
One thing I love about FRA is that it is truly an extension of our family. Our kids spend countless hours at school and I could not be happier with the adults that are there to shape and nurture them. The entire faculty and administration are hands on and genuinely interested in what the students are doing whether it be the robotics competition, debate team or a football game. Every student has a place at FRA and the opportunities to get involved and thrive are endless. It has a small school atmosphere with all the opportunities that a larger school has to offer. Most students are fully engaged in several aspects of the school and somehow they all support each other! Our experience has been tremendous and you really need to experience FRA to truly understand the feeling of family within the community.
Sean Casey is an awesome head of school. Rock star! His arrival 18 months ago has made a tremendous difference in the positive momentum the school has. I notice there are some negative posters on this site and have to believe that those folks are no longer at the school and not experiencing the same things we have since his arrival.
While there is a safety net academically (through math and reading labs if warranted), the school is very strong on creating academically independent kids. There is a strong understanding that it is through less-than-optimal experiences we learn the most valuable lessons. Kids are allowed to have less than perfect experiences in a safe environment
The mix is great--high achieving academics with a focus on the outside world and others. FRA really stays away from having the student focus wholly on themselves and puts an emphasis through the Turner Fellowships and CPS programs to help students realize that they are not the center of the universe
Both of my kids attended and are now in college. We had a fantastic time. It was a perfect mix of academics and nurturing of children to become great adults. One played sports, one was more into arts and they both had an excellent experience in their extracurricular activities. We also liked the inclusive Christian environment. It was not "churchy" but the kids learned the value of involving Christ in their everyday life. Hope to send grandkids there someday!