Harding Academy is a Christian, co-educational day-school, serving children ages 18 months through grade 12. Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the Tennessee Department of Education, and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/AdvancEd (SACS, since 1960), and the National Christian School Association. 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.
Serving the greater Memphis area, Harding Academy has early childhood programs at two locations; elementary schools at three locations; and a central junior-senior high school at Park Avenue and Cherry Road. location map.
Harding Academy is an independent private Christian school that is affiliated with the churches of Christ and operates under an independent Board of Directors.
Financial aid is available to applicants in grades one through twelve who meet the need-based eligibility requirements. All families who indicate their desire for financial aid will be given the appropriate forms.
Harding begins a formal program of college counseling for each student beginning in the ninth grade, when a student's four-year course of study is planned. 100% of Harding's graduates are accepted to nationally recognized colleges and universities. Harding is a recognized member of the College Board.
Just as important as a student's academic and spiritual growth are his social and emotional growth. Harding gives a great deal of attention to instilling within each student a sense of belonging and self-worth. Each student is encouraged to become involved in at least one activity outside of class. In addition, according to their age group and class-level, students attend a variety of events in the Memphis area and have numerous opportunities for community service.
The sports program at Harding begins with opportunities for junior kindergarten and continues to build skills through grade twelve that can be used throughout life. Many opportunities for intramural and interscholastic competition exist. Harding is a member of the Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association and participates in secondary level cross-country, soccer, volleyball, football, basketball, baseball, cheerleading, softball, tennis, bowling, golf, and track and field.
Harding's colors are blue and white with red. The lion is the Academy mascot. The school’s mascot is named, Prowler.
The yearbook, the Shield, and the newspaper, The Lion, are major Academy publications, along with FOCUS, a magazine for parents, alumni, and friends.