Davidson Academy

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Davidson Academy
1414 Old Hickory Blvd.
Nashville, Tennessee 37207
United States
Type Private, Coeducational
Motto Preparing students for life something and eternity
Religious affiliation(s) Christian
Denomination Interdenominational
Founded 1980
Principal Bradley Wheeler (Upper School), Janice Baldwin (Lower School)
Headmaster Mr. Tim Johnson
Faculty 73
Grades P312
Student to teacher ratio 1:11
Color(s) Black, maroon, white
Fight song To thee our Alma mater with this our hymn of praise to Davidson Academy our thanks we praise. Your guiding inspiration compels to proclaim your loyalty and service to God and fellow men. Your loving hands have shaped us so we may one day be, the best that God has planed for us throughout eternity. Our venture leads us onward to live successfully that we shall hold your wisdom in loving memory.
Mascot Bear
Rival DCA
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Davidson Academy is a private Christian school located in Nashville, Tennessee. It has students ranging from K-3 to 12th grade.[1]


Davidson Academy, originally called Madison Christian School, enrolled students from grades one through four in 1980. The school expanded and was renamed after the first school west of the Cumberland Mountains, which was founded in 1785 in Spring Hill.

Dr. Bill Chaney, the founding headmaster, retired in June 2015 after 35 years of service and was succeeded by Mr. Tim Johnson.


Davidson Academy requires students to complete a rigorous college preparatory program before graduation. The students attend a weekly chapel led by teachers, students, and guest speakers.

The Lower School, grades 1–6, offers TAP, Targeted Academic Progress, which is fast-paced learning for advanced students. The program allows children to reach their potential by providing targeted, personalized instruction in a group setting. Spanish, music, guidance, library and art classes are first introduced in K–3, and continue throughout elementary school. A fully operational science lab, computer lab, and gym are also used as learning tools. More extensive dance and music (piano, violin, voice) classes are offered after school hours.

The High School, grades 7–12, offers Advanced Placement classes, including Calculus AB and BC, English Literature and Composition, English Language and Composition, United States Government and Politics, United States History, and Physics. An Honors program is offered for advanced students, requiring three years of a foreign language, all offered Honors classes, four AP classes in three different subjects, and a 25 or higher on the ACT.

The class of 2011 has achieved the highest standards of excellence yet, with an average of a 25 on the ACT. Those with an Honors diploma averaged an ACT score of 31. The class was offered 3.8 million dollars, or 66,600 dollars per student. The class of 58 had a National Merit Finalist and Semi-Finalist, along with numerous AP Scholars.

The Fine Arts[edit]

Davidson Academy offers classes in band, chorus, theater, poetry, creative writing, visual arts, dance (ballet, tap, jazz), piano, and voice. The Davidson Academy band has received 5 first-place trophies, and invites exceptional students to join Tri-M, the music honor society. Three students in the class of 2011 received this honor. The Davidson Academy theater department teaches both introductory and advanced theater, inviting all willing students to participate in its plays. There are between three and four plays every year, including one musical. Currently, four students have been invited to participate in the Nashville Shakespeare Festival's Apprentice Company. Every year, Kevin Marshall Chopson, 11th grade English, poetry, and creative nonfiction teacher, selects a Poet Laureate to be highlighted in Davidson Academy's yearly poetry publication, Wild Honey. Yearly events that foster the arts include the Poetry Slam and Film Fest.


Davidson Academy fields a full complement of varsity sports teams for both women and men. Davidson competes in Division 2, section A of the private school division, in the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association. Davidson Academy won two consecutive state titles in their division for football in the 2005 and 2006 football seasons. And also won the state championship in football in 2008. Making it 3 out of the last 4 state championships Additional recent state titles include back-to-back state championships for Women's Golf in 2007 and 2008, Baseball State Championship in 2003, and the Softball State Championships in 2002 and 2008.

Other teams in Davidson's classification are:

Notable alumni[edit]

Social views[edit]

In January 2015, Davidson Academy administrators cancelled a pre-K prospective student visit after learning that the child had two fathers. In the letter rejecting the child, Davidson Academy administrators stated that they "believe strongly in a strict interpretation of the Scriptures regarding the institution of marriage" and that they have "the right and responsibility to do everything possible to ensure that its expressed purposes, mission, and beliefs continue in their highest traditions and are not harmed, compromised, or hindered by unacceptable lifestyle conduct on the part of its students, parents or guardians."[2]