Mission, History & Milestones

Mission Statement

The mission of Currey Ingram Academy is to provide an exemplary K-12 day school program that empowers students with learning differences to achieve their fullest potential. 
The school delivers on this mission by providing:
•  Small classes
•  Evidence-based instruction
•  Individualized learning plans for every student
•  Strong arts, athletics and extracurricular activities
•  Speech-language and academic occupational therapies
•  Character education and social coaching
•  Personalized college preparation and counseling
•  Parent, community and professional education opportunities


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


Currey Ingram Academy was founded as Westminster School of Nashville in 1968 and was housed in Westminster Presbyterian Church for 34 years.

Thanks to a lead gift from alumni parents Stephanie Currey Ingram and John Rivers Ingram, the school moved to its current 83-acre campus in 2002.

In recent years, students have enrolled from more than 33 states and eight foreign countries, their families citing Currey Ingram Academy as a major reason for their move to Middle Tennessee.


- 1990: Selected by the United States Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence
- 1994 and 1999: Council for Learning Disabilities Tennessee Teacher of the Year
- 2001: Designated as an Apple Showcase and Lighthouse School by Apple Computers
- 2006: Faculty member chosen as a Fulbright Cultural Scholar to Japan
- 2007: Currey Ingram was a featured school at the 30th Anniversary Benefit Dinner of the National Center of Learning Disabilities (NCLD)
- 2010: Faculty Member chosen as 2010 Tennessee Titans Teacher of the Year
- 2012: USTA Tennessee's "Educational Merit Award of 2012"
- 2016: National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) Rozelle Founders Award


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  • 1967

    Carol and Bobby Henderson ask Westminster Presbyterian Church leaders to provide space for an innovative educational program for their son, Britt. A planning committee of church members, community professionals, and public school officials develop a model for the class.
  • 1968

    Westminster School of Nashville is founded with an inaugural class of eight students.
  • 1970

    Thanks, in part, to the efforts of parent Ann Riley Miller Wingard and her family, the school forges a relationship with Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development for internships and research and hires Barbara D. Gregg as its new director (following its original director, Sue Hasham, who moved away from Nashville in late 1969).
  • 1978

    An advisory board of local professionals, parents, and church members is formed and continues today as an independent Board of Trustees.
  • 1980

    Computers are introduced as teaching aids.
  • 1990

    The school is named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • 1995

    Kathy Rayburn becomes Head of Westminster School.
  • 2001

    On May 14th, the school holds an official groundbreaking ceremony on 83 acres in Brentwood, Tennessee, just south of Nashville.

    Apple Computers designates Currey Ingram Academy as an Apple Showcase School.
  • 2002

    Westminster School of Nashville officially becomes Currey Ingram Academy.

    In August, Currey Ingram Academy opens its 2002-03 school year at its new campus.
  • 2003

    A lower school building (John Rivers Ingram Hall) opens for grades K-4.
  • 2004

    The school's first class of seniors begins classes in August; now, Currey Ingram Academy is a K-12 school.
  • 2005

    The school graduates its first class of seniors, a group of nine students, in May. In September, Currey Ingram reaches a record K-12 enrollment.
  • 2007

    The school breaks ground on Jim and Jan Carell Hall, Currey Ingram's new Upper School building (to be completed in Spring 2009).
  • 2009

    The school opens Jim and Jan Carell Hall, Currey Ingram's first-ever Upper School building.
  • 2010

    The athletic facility expands and is named The Jan Carell Field House.  The facility includes a dining hall; The Frist Gymnasium, the previously existing performance gym; The Mustang Gymnasium, a new 7,400-square-foot practice gym; Jan and Randy Short Strength and Conditioning Center, a new weight and workout room; and Jeffrey Kuhn Field, the previously existing football/soccer field.

    Five brand-new tennis courts between Jeffrey Kuhn Field and Crocker Field were added to the campus.
  • 2012

    The school breaks ground on Jennifer & Billy Frist Hall, a new administrative and student center building that will house a dining hall for grades 5-12 and the school's first central library and media center, as well as all core administrative offices. Frist Hall is set to open in August 2013.
  • 2013

    Effective June 30, Kathy Rayburn retires as Head of School after 18 years of service. Paul Wenninger is named Interim Head of School for one year while the Board of Trust conducts a national search for a permanent Head to begin on July 1, 2014.

    The school opens Jennifer & Billy Frist Hall. This facility is the new student center that houses the school's first central library and media center, a dining hall for grades 5-12 and includes a new adminstrative wing.
  • 2014

    Dr. Jeffrey Mitchell is named Head of School, effective July 1.
  • 2016

    The school is the first independent school in the nation to receive the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) Rozelle Founders Award.

Currey Ingram Academy

6544 Murray Lane
Brentwood TN 37027
Main Office: (615) 507-3242
Admission Office: (615) 507-3173
Lower School Office: (615) 507-3200
Middle School Office: (615) 507-3185
Upper School Office: (615) 620-6256
Diagnostic Center: (615) 507-3171
School Nurse: (615) 507-3177
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About Us

Located in Brentwood, Tenn., just miles from Nashville and Franklin, Currey Ingram Academy is a K-12 independent, college-preparatory day school for students with unique learning styles and/or learning differences. Since moving to this campus in 2002, the school has welcomed families from 33 states and eight countries who 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).