2023 Nashville Private School Guide
With so many private school options in the Nashville area, finding the right fit for your child can be overwhelming. Our Nashville Moms team has compiled a guide that we hope you find useful in your search. We have enjoyed partnering with the amazing schools highlighted below, so be sure to check them out in person as you navigate your private school decision!
Gateway Academy One-On-One Learning
Imagine how much more your child could learn in a classroom of one, where their teacher is solely focused on their success. No crowded classrooms. No distractions from other students. No pressure to try and keep pace with peers. In the Gateway Academy learning environment, students often learn faster and learn better than they would in a traditional classroom. Our customized instruction is delivered in a nurturing environment designed to foster your child’s love of learning. That is why Gateway Academy has become Middle Tennessee’s leading one-on-one educational environment.
Gateway Academy is an accredited K-12 private school, with campuses in Brentwood & Nashville, TN. Our school will provide your student with a learning environment specifically geared to meet their individual needs: most classrooms here are classrooms of one student, and in some cases, small groups of up to five students.
In our customized model, your student will follow a unique and personalized curriculum based upon their specific needs, strengths, talents, and interests. Whether your student needs to catch up, get ahead, or simply take a break from the traditional school setting, Gateway Academy is where they can help direct their education, learn at their pace, and pursue their unique pathway to academic and life success!
At Harpeth Hall, ambitions become achievements, and girls become purposeful young women prepared to make a meaningful difference in their communities and the world. Every aspect of the Harpeth Hall experience is designed with girls in mind. The student council president is a girl. The robotics team leader is a girl. The soccer captain is a girl. Harpeth Hall knows how girls learn best and affirms that every day, every girl should feel inspired to grow as an individual and a leader. Premier programs such as Winterim, SEEK, and Global Scholars enhance a vibrant intellectual environment that fosters academic curiosity. Through the support and encouragement of exceptional faculty, girls learn to value diversity of thought and cultivate respect for others’ views. At Harpeth Hall, each girl is known and valued for the unique individual she is. Harpeth Hall educates girls and young women in 5th through 12th grades to think critically, lead confidently, and live honorably. Learn more at harpethhall.org.
St. Paul Christian Academy
Over the last 52 years, St. Paul has emerged as a local and regional leader in early childhood education and academic excellence. The nurturing environment is a signature to our school, which has faculty whose special calling is to bring out the best in their students, starting in these formative early years and continuing long after their graduation from sixth grade.
The St. Paul experience can best be described in the succinct mission captured with the St. Paul pillars: Academic Excellence, Passion for Christ, and Leadership Development. The St. Paul journey from junior kindergarten to sixth grade is an authentic partnership with parents where a culture of joy abounds, as children and families are served well because they are well known. With a unique curriculum based on a classical experience, curiosity, and inspiration, St. Paul faculty and staff know students well and, as a result, strengthen their spiritual, academic, and personal foundation to bring out his or her best and thrive at any next-level school.
We would love the opportunity to share how St. Paul could be a blessing to your family. The early childhood years are thoroughly enjoyed as part of a faith-based and engaging community, and it would be our honor to walk alongside your family as you seek a place for your child to grow and thrive during these most important foundation-building years.
Franklin Road Academy
FRA is a coeducational, independent school in Nashville offering students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 an exceptional educational experience within an inclusive Christian community, all on one campus. We value a well-rounded student experience, and our intentional class size allows students to fully engage in the classroom while competing at a high athletic level or perfecting an art form.
Each year, 100 percent of our graduates are accepted to four-year colleges and universities. Our expert faculty challenge our students to think critically in an ever-changing world. Our students go to college confident in their abilities to tackle the most challenging problems, communicate effectively using a variety of media, and ask challenging questions of their own.
At FRA, we are big enough to offer students all of the academic and co-curricular options and small enough that our students are known by each other, faculty and staff members, and parents. We encourage our students to take risks and discover their passions, and our students are able to succeed in the classroom while also competing on our athletic teams, starring in major arts productions, and participating in numerous clubs and other leadership opportunities.
The Ensworth School is a kindergarten through twelfth grade, coeducational independent school located in Nashville, Tennessee. The School promotes academic excellence and inspires students to be intellectually curious, to use their talents to the fullest, to be people of integrity, and to be contributors to society. Students are encouraged to pursue intellectual challenges, think logically and critically, communicate clearly, be creative, be physically fit, develop good organizational and study skills, be conscientious and consistent in their studies, learn to set and achieve goals, develop confidence through individual effort, work effectively with others, be responsible, be respectful, be honest, and be good citizens. We believe that coeducation improves the ways students think, learn and collaborate. Children are able to develop confidence, empathy, understanding and leadership as they navigate the challenges of social and emotional growth, while encouraging success in one another. By offering a coeducational environment where youth develop the character, understanding and skills necessary for the future, Ensworth equips students for life beyond the classroom.
Join us for our upcoming admission events:
Wednesday, September 27: Kindergarten Admission Lunch
Tuesday, October 3: Middle School Admission Preview
Sunday, October 22: High School Admission Preview
Wednesday, November 8: Kindergarten Admission Lunch
RSVP at www.ensworth.com/visit
Montgomery Bell Academy
Montgomery Bell Academy offers young men an exemplary college preparatory experience in an inclusive community, assisting them to be “gentlemen, scholars, and athletes” and young men of wisdom and moral integrity who will make significant contributions to society. MBA, as a day school for young men in grades seven through twelve, seeks to enable its students, first, to achieve excellent academic preparation for college and, second, to become responsible and productive citizens within the community.
Montgomery Bell Academy expects its students to have a high regard for others and a sense of responsibility to school, family, and community. Therefore, it endeavors to help each student develop citizenship and concern for others. MBA believes that positive mental, physical, and spiritual growth take place in a thoughtful and respectful environment, and the school expects its students to conduct themselves as gentlemen at all times.
We look forward to introducing you and your son to Montgomery Bell Academy — home of the Gentleman, Scholar, Athlete.
Currey Ingram Academy
Situated on a beautiful 3-acre campus in Brentwood, Tennessee, Currey Ingram Academy is a PreK-12 day school and 9-12 boarding school for students with learning differences. If your child isn’t reaching his or her fullest potential in a traditional classroom, Currey Ingram can help arm them with the tools to succeed. We address each student’s learning profile through small classes and individualized learning plans. Signature programs include arts, athletics, and extracurricular activities that emphasize student strengths and talents while offering support in speech-language, OT, executive function skills, social-emotional learning, school counseling, and college counseling, rounding out our approach to preparing every student for college and life.
Currey Ingram Academy also has a Residential Life Program that continues the mission of the day school program by supporting and empowering students to live independently. Residential life is open to students in grades 9-12.
Providing students with an opportunity to pursue excellence while integrating faith, Brentwood Academy aims to nurture and challenge each whole person, body, mind, and spirit, to the glory of God. For more than 50 years, Brentwood Academy has encouraged students in grades 6 through 12 to thrive in an environment that fosters community, integrity, and critical thinking, resulting in a transformational experience for students and their families. The “BA Way” is what makes us different. Our students have lockers that don’t lock – building trust and organization; they clean their own school – teaching responsibility and ownership; and they stand when an adult enters the room – teaching respect. The school is located on fifty acres in Brentwood, Tennessee and is open daily for tours by appointment. Applications are open! Visit BrentwoodAcademy.com/start here for more information.
Discover Templeton Academy, an independent private school serving Grades 5-12 in downtown Nashville! Our first foundational pillar is Core Advisory, where students engage in social-emotional learning because we recognize education should be for the whole person. Our second pillar is Project Based Learning, because we understand students learn best by doing. We roll up our sleeves, get our hands dirty, and ask the big questions: how does this work? why does that matter? what can I contribute? Finally, we use our City as a Classroom as our third pillar, not only to understand but also to participate in the real-life, real-time connections between life and learning. Templeton Academy was founded to revolutionize the way students learn by mentoring the critical thinking and problem-solving skills they need to thrive in college, career, and life. We welcome young people from all backgrounds and seek to nurture them into purpose-driven lifelong learners who use their gifts in a way that brings them joy and serves others. Big things happen at a small school — come see what we can do!
Episcopal School of Nashville
Diversity, inclusiveness, and a sense of community are vitally important at Episcopal School of Nashville. We know that all persons are special in the eyes of God; therefore, we have intentionally cultivated a culture of inclusiveness that values each student’s uniqueness and celebrates differences as a reflection of our Episcopal Identity. We welcome people of all faiths. ESN’s vision is to shape students who are intellectually, spiritually and responsibly engaged with the place, community, and world they call home. Our mission is “dedicated to nurturing the joy of learning and the spirit of discovery in each of our students.”