Clarksville Academy

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Clarksville Academy
710 North 2nd Street
Clarksville, TN, 37040
Type Private, College-preparatory
Motto Honestas Eruditissimus Exercitatio
Opened August 30, 1970
Area trustee Board of Trustees
Mr. Frazier Allen (Chairperson)
Mrs. Sharon Grimes (Vice chair)[1]
Principal Gina Goostree (lower)
Tracy Burkhart (intermediate)
Erica Coleman (upper)
Head of school Mrs. Kay Drew
Grades Pre-K-12
Color(s) Blue and Gold
Athletics 13 varsity sports, 6 middle school sports
Team name Cougars
Average ACT scores 25.7

Clarksville Academy is a private college-preparatory school in Clarksville, Tennessee, offering pre-kindergarten through grade 12. It focuses on a combination of academic and athletic excellence. The school has several sports teams with a cougar as their mascot.


On November 14, 1969, a group of parents met at the Farm Bureau Building in Clarksville, Tennessee, to discuss forming an independent school in the Clarksville area. The discussion produced three guiding principles for the creation of this new school: Low student-teacher ratio, well-qualified teachers, and a headmaster dedicated to the education and training of children. A second meeting was held on December 22, 1969. Floyd L. Brown was elected chairman of the steering committee and later as the first Chairman of the Board of Trustees. The third meeting was held on May 19, 1970 at which time K. L. Barton was introduced as the Academy's first Headmaster. Clarksville Academy opened its doors on August 31, 1970 for classes in grades one through nine. The campus expanded, adding four new buildings and a nearby sports complex in the year 2007.

Pillar logo

In August 2008, Clarksville Academy installed ActivClassroomss in a majority of the rooms to allow interactive learning with the students.[2]

Sports successes[edit]

After a 15-8 record, and victories in the District 10-A,[3] Region 5-A,[4] and Class A sectional,[5] tournaments, the varsity boys basketball team, led by 6'6" Malcolm Smith[6] and the improved Heath Dyer,[7] entered the 2009 TSSAA Class A state tournament for the first time in school history. They played on March 18 against the Summertown Eagles, with over 95% of the school there to root them on. It was a long and hard fought game, and they came away with a 53-50 loss.

The next year, the basketball team made a record 36-2 stand, ranking first in the TSSAA basketball standings. With another district and region victory, they gained a second entrance into the state championships.[8] They played against the Wayne County Wildcats and the CSAS Patriots in the quarterfinals[9] and semifinals,[10] respectively. The Cougars fought hard against the Grace Baptist Golden Eagles in the finals and won 82-77 in double overtime.[citation needed]

Accreditation and Membership[edit]

The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and hold membership with the National Association of Independent Schools, Educational Records Bureau, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Key Club and Builders Club, National Honor and National Junior Honor Societies, and College Board.


  1. ^ Clarksville Academy Board of Trustees Archived January 25, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Clarksville Academy Commits to Promethean Technology on Every Grade Level" (PDF). Retrieved 7 January 2009. [dead link]
  3. ^ "CA clinches 10-A title". The Leaf Chronicle. January 31, 2009. Retrieved 14 March 2009. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Cougars claw out Region crown". The Leaf Chronicle. March 6, 2009. Retrieved 14 March 2009. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Academy moving onto state after taking care of Collinwood". The Leaf Chronicle. March 10, 2009. Retrieved 14 March 2009. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Cougars claw out Region crown". The Leaf Chronicle. March 6, 2009. Retrieved 14 March 2009. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Dyer's hardship transforms his outlook". The Leaf Chronicle. March 14, 2009. Retrieved 14 March 2009. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Cougars living up to hype". The Leaf Chronicle. March 17, 2010. Retrieved 26 March 2010. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Smith brothers score 44 points for Clarksville Academy". The Leaf Chronicle. March 20, 2010. Retrieved 26 March 2010. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Cougars going to the FINALS!". The Leaf Chronicle. March 20, 2010. Retrieved 26 March 2067.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)[dead link]

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