School Profile

Harding offers a strong, traditional liberal arts approach for the college-bound student. The diversity of our course offerings and the graduation requirements assure that each graduate will take with him a significant exposure in all major academic areas. At the heart of the Academy is our commitment to offer young people a source of truth, strength, and vision for living in today's changing world.

The School

Founded in 1952, Harding Academy is a coeducational, college-preparatory Christian school. Established in a time when public schools were safe and effective, Harding Academy was founded to allow young people to have a Christ-centered education. Situated in the heart of East Memphis are the upper school campus at Cherry Road and the lower school campus at White Station. The upper school comprises of grades 7–12. The facilities include classroom buildings, two computer labs, a 1400-seat auditorium, and an extensive athletic complex (3 gymnasiums, weight room, fields, and courts). The lower school campus at White Station comprises Early Childhood 2 through Grade 6. It partners with the church for use of the gym, chapel, multi-purpose rooms, and cafeteria. The lower school campus at Cordova comprises Early Childhood 2 through Grade 6. The facilities include an early childhood building and lower school building, two gymnasiums, three playgrounds, and cafeteria. Known for offering students opportunities in the performing arts and athletics alongside academics, Harding strives to develop students who love and want to serve God, each other, and the world.


  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (since 1960)
  • National Christian School Association (2011)


Upper School (7–12)

  • Total Faculty: 54
  • Classroom Teachers: 40
  • Average Experience: 15 years
  • Advanced Degrees: 51%

Lower School Faculty (Grade 1–6)

  • Total Faculty: 35
  • Classroom Teachers: 21
  • Average Experience: 16.1 years
  • Advanced Degrees: 19%

Early Childhood Faculty (EC2–SK)

  • Total Faculty: 23
  • Classroom Teachers: 18
  • Average Experience: 11.9 years
  • Advance Degrees: 16.6%

School Hours

8:15 a.m.–3:15 p.m.Early Childhood 2–Grade 6
7:50 a.m.–2:35 p.m.Grades 7–12

Classroom Data

Grades Class Averages Max Class Size Faculty to Student Ratio
EC2 14 16 1:5
PK 14 18 1:6
JK 13 13 1:6
SK 13 18 1:6
1–2 17 18 1:11
3–6 17 22 1:11
7–12 19 range 7–27 1:11

Child Care Options EC2–Grade 6

Before-school Care 7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m. (no fee)
LionCare 3:15–6:00 p.m (fee based; school days only)
Holiday LionCareOpen during fall break and spring break (fee based)
LionCampOpen 8 weeks during the summer; enrollment on a weekly basis (fee based)

Lunch Program

  • Valley Foods is our school food service provider.
  • Students can purchase lunch on a cash or debit card basis.
  • Students may also bring lunches from home.


  • An iPad is issued to each student in grades 6–12.
  • Each classroom from EC2–5 is equipped with five iPad minis.
  • The wireless network extends throughout all campuses.
  • Learning Management System - My Big Campus


  • TSSAA Division II-A (Varsity and Junior Varsity)
  • Shelby League (Junior High)
  • Lower school team leagues (varied)
  • Summer camps begin with SK (varied)


Lower School
Cross Country (6, B/G)*
Soccer (SK, Coed)
Soccer (1–4, G)
Cheer (SK-6, G)
Flag Football (1–2, B)
Tackle Football (3–6, B)
Volleyball (5–6, G)

Upper School
Cheer (7–12, G)
Cross Country (6–12, B/G)
Football (7–12, B)
Golf (7–12, B/G)
Soccer (7–12, G)
Volleyball (7–12, G)

*Sixth grade plays with Jr. High


Lower School
Basketball (1–6, B/G)

Upper  School
Basketball (7–12. B/G)
Bowling (9–12, B/G)
Cheer (9–12, G)
Swimming (7–12, B/G)




Lower School
Tee Ball (SK, B/G)
Coach Pitch Baseball (1–2, B/G)
Softball (5–6, G)*
Baseball (3-6, B)
Soccer (SK, Coed)
Soccer (1–6, B)
Soccer (1–4, G)
Track (6, B/G)*
Tennis (6, B/G)*

Upper School
Baseball (7–12, B)
Soccer (7–12, B)
Softball (7–12, G)
Stunt (9–12, G)
Tennis (6–12, B/G)
Track (6–12, B/G)

*Sixth grade plays with Jr. High