Private school options abound in Middle Tennessee, and here’s the scoop on what’s new at several of them:
Mary Loveless, Ph.D., is the Chattanooga boarding school’s new director of the IdeaLab, a place for students to gather, share resources and knowledge, collaborate on projects and more. IdeaLab is also a meeting place for the robotics club and a new engineering design class. The school has a new $4.5 million riverfront facility for the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute on Baylor School’s campus. The 14,000-square-foot facility serves as the only freshwater science center in the Southeast. Call 423-267-8505 or visit baylorschool.org.
The Covenant School
Ignite is a new program for students in grades 5 and 6 which aims to strengthen student passion for finding self identity in Christ. It also helps them grow in faithfulness, scholarship, responsibility and relationship to God and others. The Covenant School is located at 33 Burton Hills Drive, Nashville. Call 615-467-2313 or visit thecovenantschool.com.
Currey Ingram Academy
The new Mustang Makerspace features 3D printers, LEGOs, LittleBits, Makey Makey kits, a green screen set, clay for creating videos or claymation for stop-motion animation projects. The space also includes tools for creating, inventing, building and exploring. Located at 6544 Murray Lane, Brentwood, call 615-507-3173 or visit curreyingram.org.
The Edison School
Now accredited through AdvancED and SACS, The Edison School (2100-B Nashville Pike, Gallatin) has new programs. Project Jumpstart pairs kindergartners with teachers who are also professional therapists. The E-Squared program allows kids in grades K-8 to work toward a regular high school diploma with additional classroom support plus extended time for mastery. The school now provides free speech and occupational therapy services for qualifying students. Call 615-431-5637 or visit theedisonschool.com.
Franklin Classical School
With a new facility, Franklin Classical School (now at 208 Church St., Franklin) has more space to allow for growth. Melanie Hill is the new development director. New teachers include Russ May and Jamie Parolini. The expanding academic program includes an honors track for all high school math and science courses. Call 615-528-3777 or visit franklinclassical.com.
Goodpasture Christian School
Plans are underway to add a new middle school building to the growing Madison campus. The facility will have audio/video recording studios and an entrepreneurial center. It will have 16 state-of-the-art classrooms for grades 5 – 8, a mission center and more. Call 615-868-2600 or visit goodpasture.org.
Hendersonville Christian Academy
Hendersonville Christian Academy (355 Old Shackle Island Road) hosts an inaugural Crusader Sports Jam and 5K at HCA North Campus (570 New Shackle Island Road) on Saturday, April 8. It features activities for all ages, including the 5K, flag football, a baseball challenge, inflatables, food trucks and more. The school is also developing new athletic fields. Call 615-824-1550 or visit hcacrusaders.com.
Linden Waldorf School
First- and second-grade students now enjoy an ever-changing environment at Linden Waldorf School (3201 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville) with the “Moveable Classroom.” Each day, children place benches in different configurations to promote active learning. Call 615-354-0270 or visit lindenwaldorf.org.
Lipscomb Academy (3901 and 4517 Granny White Pike, Nashville) celebrates 125 years this year. It offers a new strings program in fine arts. The new $8 million McCadams Athletic Center is now open. In addition, student mission opportunities now extend to Baja, Ensenada, Dominican Republic, India and Arizona. Call 615-966-6409 or visit lipscombacademy.org.
Montgomery Bell Academy
Montgomery Bell Academy (4001 Harding Road, Nashville) celebrates 150 years this spring. Beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, MBA hosts a 150th Year Celebration starting with a soccer game pitting alumni against the current junior varsity team. An alumni lacrosse game will also take place as well as the ENDADA Arts Festival (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.), a cocktail hour, dinner, fireworks and live music. Head to montgomerybell.edu to register and for more info.
Saint Ann School
Ella Grace Robertson recently received the National Catholic Education Association’s Inaugural Youth Virtues Valor and Vision Award — only 10 students nationwide are selected for this accolade. This fall, Saint Ann School (5105 Charlotte Ave., Nashville) launches the Hand in Hand Options Program for elementary grades to provide Catholic inclusive education to students with disabilities. Call 615-277-9663 or visit saintannparish.com.
St. Bernard Academy
The school celebrates 150 years and boasts 18,000 square feet of additions — a new front of school, seven new classrooms, a multi-purpose room and new playground equipment. Call 615-385-0440 or visit stbernard.org.
Saint Edward School
This year marks the 65th anniversary of Saint Edward School (190 Thompson Lane, Nashville), and celebratory events are planned throughout the year. Further, a new plaid pattern for school uniforms is now in place. Call 615-833-3447 or visit stedward.org.
Saint Rose of Lima School
Saint Rose of Lima School (1601 N. Tennessee Blvd., Murfreesboro) uses the Handwriting Without Tears program for ages 3 through first grade. In addition, the school offers flexible seating in one of its classrooms so students can choose how they sit — on a stool, traditional chair, crate seat or yoga ball. This change benefits students with ADD by giving them the opportunity to move around throughout the day. Call 615-898-0555 or visit school.saintrose.org.
University School of Nashville
Quinton Walker is the new head of high school at University School of Nashville (2000 Edgehill Ave.). He has a Doctorate of Education in Leadership from Vanderbilt University, a Masters of Education in Leadership from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor’s from Duke University. Call 615-321-8011 or visit usn.org.
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