Welcome to the Upper School at Currey Ingram Academy. Our Upper School student body is a community of learners pursuing a liberal arts, college-preparatory education.
Traditional academic content is personalized for students with learning differences through interactive, engaging instruction.  Students' courses are selected based on teacher input, skill development, and end-of-year testing. Courses range from remedial classes to selected AP courses.

Most Upper School courses utilize an inquiry-based approach to learning in which students are encouraged to engage with course content in relevant, meaningful ways. Upper School students are regularly asked to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding through performance tasks in which students apply the skills they’ve learned in authentic contexts.

​The Upper School ​provides a wide variety of extracurricular activities during and after school. Students learn the importance of leadership, cooperation, self-discipline, and responsible citizenship through participation in athletics, fine arts, high-interest electives, student council, and service learning opportunities. 

Our rigorous college preparatory program and personalized educational experience encourage students to explore and further develop their talents while being supported in challenging areas. 

Currey Ingram Reach Initiative (CIRI)

Currey Ingram individualizes a student’s academic experience by providing opportunities to choose the best-fit course for a student to be both challenged and successful. For students who seek and are capable of academic rigor or for students who want to strengthen a talent or hone a specific interest in a field of study, the Upper School offers the Currey Ingram Reach Initiative (CIRI).

Core Components

The following core components are essential to the Upper School program and experience. Click on each title to read more.

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  • Academic Support and Accommodations

    Currey Ingram Academy provides an individualized approach to teaching and learning because we understand that each student learns differently. We designed a school program that promotes students’ strengths and supports their differences. Please visit our Academic section of our website to see the "Six Ways Our Academic Approach Distinguishes Currey Ingram."
    Based on our students' learning profiles, some of the instructional practices and academic supports included in the Upper School are:
    • Extended time for quizzes and tests for students who qualify for this accommodation
    • Scaffolded and supplemental notes
    • Interactive math notebooks
    • Social Emotional Learning
    • Executive Function skill development
    • Literacy Labs (for students with dyslexia or language processing deficits)
    • Movement breaks
    • Math Lab 
    • Writing Lab
    • 1:1 technology
  • Individualized Learning Plan (ILP)

    At Currey Ingram, an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) is written for every student in the school. A student does not need to meet any specific eligibility criteria for a disability to have an ILP at Currey Ingram. Currey Ingram refers to its personalized plan as an ILP to help parents and educators distinguish between the public school’s IEP and Currey Ingram’s ILP.

    ILPs include personalized executive function goals as well as goals for each course in which the student is enrolled. Three times per year, teachers write narrative reports describing the students’ progress toward their individual and course goals.
  • Small Class Size and Class Groupings

    Our Upper School student population is intentionally small enough to give all of our students opportunities to excel and assume leadership responsibilities. The average class size is six to eight. Each student attends small academic classes in English, social studies, mathematics, foreign language and science. All academic classes are grouped according to the abilities and needs of the student.
  • Mentoring

    Each student is assigned a faculty mentor. Grade-level mentoring groups meet multiple times a week. The overall goal of the mentor/mentee program is to establish meaningful and supportive relationships between students and faculty. Upper School teachers serving as student mentors play a key role on the front lines of fostering the targeted strengths, skills, and mindsets by helping students set personal goals and monitor their own progress. Mentors provide students with accountability and encouragement for achieving their goals.
  • Honors Courses

    Currey Ingram offers a wide variety of honors courses throughout the curriculum for students interested and capable of taking on a more challenging course load. Honors courses are distinguished by targeting the following criteria: advanced curricular material and topics; advanced analytical reasoning and critical thinking skills; and higher-level problem solving and decision-making. 
    • A high school credit course at the honors level recognizes an “above and beyond” commitment on the part of the student. 
    • Individual course descriptions note eligibility requirements.
    • Summer reading assignments and/or projects may be required in some honors level courses.
     This Spanish video helps demonstrate this approach.
  • Lab Courses in Math, Reading (Literacy), and Writing

    Math Lab
    The math lab is a "beyond the classroom" environment where students further develop their math understandings and skills. Students are provided instruction and remediation in mathematical concepts and skills.  
    Literacy Lab
    The Upper School has several Literacy Labs for students who need additional direct instruction in reading and other literacy skills through a Structured Literacy approach. Reading intervention is provided for students diagnosed with dyslexia or language deficits and helps them to build their reading skills to improve their comprehension and reading fluency. Literacy Lab occurs three times each week for 75 minutes each.
    Writing Lab
    The writing lab is a "beyond the classroom" environment where students can converse and dialogue as they develop their writing skills. The writing lab is not a place for one-sided instruction. Instructors and students work collaboratively through open communication to discover effective writing strategies and approaches to reading and writing that are particularly useful to the individual student. Students receive personalized instruction to build their academic writing skills.
  • Service Learning

    Volunteering for community service provides an opportunity for students to develop interpersonal and organizational skills, enhance self-esteem, and gain an understanding of important social issues.  Currey Ingram Academy Upper School students participate in multiple service learning projects throughout their time in the Upper School. Our goal is to help students develop a habit of volunteering and to assist them in finding the most meaningful service opportunities possible. Students are required to complete 30 hours of service outside of school during their senior year.
  • Social-Emotional Learning

    Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) “refers to the process through which individuals learn and apply a set of social, emotional, behavioral, and character skills required to succeed in schooling, the workplace, relationships, and citizenship”(1). To fulfill the goals inherent in SEL, Currey Ingram selected the RULER approach that was developed at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. RULER is used across all grades and with all students. The knowledge, attitude and skills taught and reinforced in RULER are as follows:
    • R-Recognizing emotion in self and others
    • U-Understanding the causes and consequences of emotion
    • L-Labeling emotions accurately
    • E-Expressing emotions in helpful ways
    • R-Regulating emotions effectively
    One goal for using RULER is to improve the quality of school interactions so that the school culture is supportive, empowering and engaging. This is accomplished by integrating skill-building lessons and tools so that teachers and students further develop their emotional intelligence. The Upper School curriculum is divided into four years, with each year containing 20 lessons that will be taught in Seminar classes.

    Through research, RULER has been shown to help students be less anxious, exhibit fewer attention problems, improve their academic performance, and have greater leadership skills. Teachers have been shown to be more engaging, supportive, and effective in RULER schools. Classrooms also have more positive climates and less bullying. Because RULER is a Tier One Social-Emotional Learning Program, some students may need greater support than this model offers. Thus, additional interventions will be recommended in these situations.
    (1)Jones, S., Brush, K., Bailey, R. Brion-Meisels, G., McIntyre, J., Kahn, J. Nelson,B., & Stickle, L. (March 2017). Navigating SEL from the Inside Out. Harvard Graduate School of Education with Funding from the Wallace Foundation, pg. 12.
  • Student-Led Conferences

    The Upper School has four scheduled conferences each year, with students leading two of these conferences. 
    • The first conference, held in August, is an opportunity for parents and students to meet the student’s mentor, review procedures for the Upper School, and learn about the Upper School. 
    • Two student-led conferences (fall and winter) give students the opportunity to discuss their learning profile, strengths, challenges, progress, and goals with parents and teachers. Parents and teachers also provide students with positive feedback, corrective feedback, and/or recommendations for improvement. This process provides students with a clearer understanding of their challenges and what accommodations are beneficial to their learning. The student-led conference also builds confidence within the student in preparation for college interviews. 
    • The spring conference is led by the student’s mentor and is a time to share standardized test results and information about the next year’s course of study. Graduating seniors and senior parents are not required to attend this conference.
    • In addition, parents, students, and/or teachers may request other conferences at any time during the year.
  • Senior Capstone Project

    Seniors are required to complete an independent research Capstone Project. This allows students the opportunity to learn new skills and demonstrate learning gained from all their years of schooling. Skills in reading, writing, speaking, critical thinking, and problem solving will be showcased in a four-stage process. The four components of the Capstone Project include: Proposal Paper, Research Paper, and Capstone Presentation. To underscore the value and importance of this endeavor, all seniors are required to complete all components of the Capstone Project in order to graduate.
  • Seminars

    Students in the Upper School attend grade level seminar classes. Students are taught social-emotional skills using the RULER program in seminar classes.  Each grade has a different curriculum that covers topics related to interpersonal relations, goal setting, critical thinking, leadership, transitioning to college, recognizing and regulating emotions, and many other topics. Freshman Seminar also includes extensive instruction and opportunities to practice academic skills such as note-taking, organization, goal setting, and time management. Senior Seminar provides students guidance with their Senior Capstone project.
  • Integrated & Assistive Technology

    Students in the Upper School continue to use technology throughout their academic day. Each student is assigned a Chromebook computer and expected to use the computer at school, as well as at home. Technology is integrated throughout the instructional program for a multisensory experience. Assistive technologies are also frequently used to help students needing language-based learning support, such as dictation and text-to-speech software.

    Based on information provided in each student’s psychoeducational assessment report, some students may need assistive technology to gain the independence he/she needs to complete assignments. The faculty and administration will identify technology devices and apps for the student to try. For example, a student with dyslexia may need audiobooks, such as Learning Ally. The school provides some of these devices and apps; whereas others may need to be purchased by the parent.
  • Office Hours for Academic Support

    Students are encouraged to seek help from their academic teachers as needed. Office hours are provided four days per week to allow students to receive additional academic support during the school day. Students needing additional academic support beyond the time provided during office hours may request additional time to meet with teachers.

  • Extracurricular Activities

    The Upper School ​provides a wide variety of extracurricular activities during and after-school.

    Athletics play an important role in Upper School life. We strongly believe that involvement in athletics helps students develop social and emotional skills they will carry with them for a lifetime.
    Students have the opportunity to join the Currey Ingram Academy charter of the National Honor Society. Membership in this group recognizes students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship, leadership, service, and character. As members of the NHS, students have the opportunity to pursue leadership roles within the school community, participate in service projects, and qualify for post-secondary scholarships.

    Rock Band performs during the fall and spring Bandfest on the quad. The entire school, as well as parents, gather on the quad for an afternoon of music. The Rock Band performs covers as well as original songs. In addition to performing for Bandfest, the rock band performs at local music venues throughout the year.

    Quiz Bowl is a competition in which two teams compete head-to-head to answer questions from all general areas of knowledge, including history, literature, science, fine arts, current events, sports, popular culture, and more. Students travel and compete against area teams from other schools.

    Theatre is also a vital part of the Upper School that continues to give students the opportunity to enrich their skills and interests both on and off the stage. We offer productions that variably include dramas, comedies, Shakespeare, musicals, and film productions.

  • Student Activities & Events

    Students participate in many traditional activities and events such as Pep Rallies, Homecoming, House competitions, and Prom.  Additionally, opportunities to learn through experience are offered through our Odyssey program, local field trips, national and international travel, and service learning. These experiences help students develop interpersonal and organizational skills, gain an understanding of important social issues, and enhance their self-confidence.
Why Graduate from Currey Ingram?

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Currey Ingram Academy is an exemplary PreK-12 day and boarding school that empowers students with learning differences to achieve their fullest potential. Since 2002, the school has been located on an 83-acre campus in Brentwood, Tennessee, just miles from Nashville and Franklin. Families from 33 states and eight countries cite the school as their primary reason for moving to Middle Tennessee.

Currey Ingram Academy is accredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and AdvancEd/Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI).