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)
Our only requirement for an ILP is that the student be enrolled in our school. Thus, all Currey Ingram students have an ILP because we believe in offering a personalized education plan for every student. The ILP documents how we provide specialized instruction using evidence-based research curricula and methods.
The purpose of the student-led conference is to give students the opportunity to discuss their learning profile, strengths, challenges, and goals with their parents and teachers. This process provides students with a better understanding of their needs and what strategies and accommodations are beneficial to their learning. The student-led conference also builds confidence within the student in preparation for college interviews.
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.
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.
Currey Ingram Academy 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, self-initiated metacognitive skills for problem solving and decision making. This Spanish video helps demonstrate this approach.
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.
In Literacy Lab, students receive direct instruction in reading and literacy skills through the Structured Literacy approach. Students build their foundational reading skills in order to improve their comprehension and fluency.
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. The ultimate goal overtime is to produce confident articulate writers.
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. Therefore, Currey Ingram Academy Upper School requires all students to perform a service-learning project. Our goal is to help students develop a habit of volunteering and to assist them in finding the most meaningful service opportunities possible. Students will complete 30 hours of service outside of school hours.
A number of students participate each spring in the annual Habitat for Humanity’s “Habitat High Build" with high school students from across Williamson County. And the Upper School Community Service Club meets periodically to brainstorm and organize ways students can be involved in our Currey Ingram community as well as the greater community at large.
Upper School students also participate in “Big Sisters,” a club that pairs an Upper School female student with a fourth-grade girl for the purpose of mentoring. Students are paired by the LS and US counselors based on needs and similarities. This club is for female US students that demonstrate appropriate social skills, communication skills, and enjoy working with children. Students are invited by Upper School staff to participate each year. Big and Little sisters meet monthly in the Lower School and participate in art projects, games, stories, snack time, and relationships building.
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.
In Freshmen Seminar, students participate in the social-emotional learning (SEL) program called “RULER.” RULER was developed by the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. The Upper School curriculum is divided into four years, with each year containing 20 lessons that are taught in Freshman Seminar for all freshmen and in mentor groups for students in 10th, 11th and 12th grade.
Students in the Upper School continue to use technology throughout their academic day. Each student is assigned a MacBook Air 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. Graduates tell us that they feel well-equipped when it comes to college-level critical writing skills and using ever-evolving technologies to communicate effectively. Assistive technologies are also used frequently to help students who might need language-based learning support, such as dictation and text-to-speech software.
Students are encouraged to seek help from their classroom 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 time provided during office hours may request additional time to meet with teachers.
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. We offer a variety of athletic teams each season.
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.
The Quiz Bowl is is similar Jeopardy, a game or 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 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 fall and spring productions that variably include dramas, comedies, Shakespeare, lavish musicals, and film productions.
Youth and Government™ is a national program of the Y that Upper School students participate in as a way to broaden their cvic engagement. They meet with students from other area high schools to discuss and debate issues that affect citizens in Tennessee and propose legislation. involves thousands of teens nationwide in state-organized, model-government programs. The program culminates with students serving as delegates at their state conference, debating bills on the floor of the legislature.
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.
Currey Ingram Academy is an exemplary K-12 day and boarding school that empowers students with learning differences to reach their fullest potential. Since 2002, the school has been located on an 83-acre campus in Brentwood, Tenn., 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).