The school will start enrolling students with the opening of the 2020-2021 school year. Currey Ingram will be the first high school in Nashville area to offer a boarding program since Ward-Belmont College Preparatory School closed in 1951.Construction on phase one of the boarding facility will begin this summer with the building of a three-story residential dorm.
“Effectively educating students with learning differences is complex and challenging but Currey Ingram Academy has shown it’s possible. From the inception of Westminster School of Nashville in 1968 and continuing with Currey Ingram Academy, 50 years later, we have always believed that it’s possible for all students to learn and to achieve their fullest potential,” said Dr. Jeffrey L. Mitchell, Head of School.
Each year, families move from across the United States and abroad in order for their children to attend Currey Ingram Academy. Families make many sacrifices to do so, including operating two households or commuting cross-country. With very few boarding programs exclusively focused on learning differences, especially in the Southeast and Midwest, we believe that providing this option will make a difference for many families.
Research tells us that approximately one in five students has a learning difference, such as dyslexia or ADHD. Students with these learning profiles often struggle in the typical educational settings. Moreover, demographic analyses and our own experiences, clearly indicate that the population of students with learning differences is still vastly underserved and we hope, above all else, that we can provide an educational experience that these students deserve.
In addition to providing an opportunity for more students to have this transformational educational experience, we are just as excited about the direct and tangible benefits for our current students. More students mean a richer array of academics, athletics and arts opportunities for all students. More students also result in a more robust social environment.
Currey Ingram Academy serves almost 300 students in kindergarten through 12th grade, but our phenomenal facility on 83 acres of land in Brentwood was designed for as many as 450 students. A boarding program that may enroll up to 100 students over the course of the next five years will give us a wonderful opportunity to fulfill our enrollment potential.
“At Currey Ingram, the core of our DNA is truly understanding that students learn differently. As a result, we employ an evidence-based, individualized, structured and multisensory instructional approach. With class sizes between 2-10 students, depending on the grade and the subject, we ensure students are consistently in a learning group that aligns with their needs. Our students experience the joy of academic success, often for the first time in their lives,” added Mitchell.
Throughout our 50-year history, visionary leaders, dedicated teachers and committed families have made it possible for our students to achieve their fullest potential. Since starting a high school in 2002, our graduates have embarked on success in college and careers. They are entrepreneurs, professionals and leaders from coast to coast. With our new boarding program, we hope to offer more opportunities for success for more students.