Upper School (9–12)

Harding Academy’s upper school program seeks to provide a liberal arts education that cultivates in students a Christ-centered world view. Our campus is in East Memphis.

Welcome to Upper School

We appreciate the fact that parents have entrusted to us their greatest treasures—their children. We are grateful for the privilege of partnering with parents to prepare our students to be productive, resourceful citizens of their communities and of the Kingdom.

We are committed to offering a liberal arts education. In an age when new information doubles, triples, and quadruples at an astounding rate, we aim not to teach all information but to teach students how to find information and evaluate sources. They should be equipped to think deeply, analytically, flexibly, and imaginatively and to communicate clearly, concisely, fluently, and effectively.

As a college preparatory school, we challenge all students to learn at the highest levels. We hope that students in the upper school will also find joy in learning, that they will find satisfaction in meeting and overcoming challenges, and that they will see learning as a lifelong process. We hope that every student is exposed to questions for which answers do not come easily.

We believe it is important for students to know why they are studying what they are studying. Students benefit when they can make real-life connections and especially when what they know and believe causes them to engage with the world around them.

Students in the upper school at Harding will find that their teachers are eager to help them, to answer questions, and to work with them to be successful. We understand the value of relationships with teachers and students working collaboratively. Students who seek help will find their teachers to be supportive and welcoming.

It is an awesome task to be entrusted with the education and discipling of young people, and we take this task seriously. If you would like to talk with me about Harding Academy’s academic program, please send me an email.


Paul Fisher
Upper School Principal


Harding is accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and National Christian School Association  (NCSA). SACS is a regional accrediting agency under the umbrella organization of AdvancEd

iPad Program

Harding issues a personal iPad to each student in grades 6–12. Each classroom from EC2–grade 5 is equipped with five iPad minis for classroom use. Learn more about the iPad program.