at 4700 Franklin Rd, Nashville United States
Franklin Road Academy is a Pre-K-12 private, non-denominational Christian school located in Oak Hill, a suburb of Nashville, Tennessee. It was established in 1971. Its Head of School is Margaret W. ("Sissy") Wade.HistoryBeginningsFranklin Road Academy was founded in 1971 in coordination with First Christian Church. In order to build the school, over $300,000 in mortgage bonds were sold to church members, parents, and the community at large.With construction still ongoing, Bill Bradshaw, Head of Franklin Road Academy, tested students in the office of Howell Hardware Store on Twelfth Avenue. Soon after completion of the new building, students began classes on September 7, 1971.The next school year, many more students applied for enrollment at FRA. In order to meet the demand, Sunday School rooms at a nearby church, Brentwood Methodist Church were leased. Students were ferried between the two buildings, First Christian Church and Brentwood Methodist Church (at the time this was at the corner of Church Street and Franklin Pike, in an old six door limousine.In 1973, FRA added additional classrooms and Lower School library. This addition was built not only through monetary donations, but also through gifts in-kind, such as labor, materials, and "know how" (such as plumbing, brick laying, electrical, etc.). In that same year, FRA also received approval from the Tennessee Department of Education and became accredited by the now non-existent Mid-South Association of Independent Schools.In 1975, FRA decided to establish a high school. The first class of 9th graders were housed in a building known as the Burke House. The following year, additional land was purchased in order to construct a formal high school building. In the Fall of 1976, both 9th and 10th graders began in the new building despite the lack of a fully completed roof. Each year, an additional grade was added until, in 1979, a class of 40 12th graders graduated from Franklin Road Academy.
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