Welcome to St. Cecilia Academy! As the oldest continually operating school in Nashville, St. Cecilia has a long history of providing excellent academic formation within a welcoming, Christ-centered environment. Owned and operated by the Dominican Sisters since 1860, St. Cecilia embodies the four pillars of Dominican life: prayer, study, community, and service.
St. Cecilia provides a rigorous academic program rooted in the liberal arts, developing strong skills in reading, writing, speaking, problem-solving, and critical thinking that are essential for any learner in the 21st century. While the course offerings may be similar to many college preparatory schools, it is the Dominican approach towards study that makes us different. We know that getting into a good college, landing a good job, and being a poised and confident person are important goals of a college preparatory education. As our website demonstrates, we take these things seriously and are proud of the achievements of our students. Yet these outcomes also remain, in a sense, secondary. At St. Cecilia, we see the ultimate goal of an education as veritas--truth. Inheriting a great intellectual tradition from the Catholic Church, especially from our brother St. Thomas Aquinas, Dominicans emphasize clarity in thinking and maintain confidence in the mind’s ability to know truth. While our students learn essential facts and formulas, the ultimate goal of their study is wisdom, a wisdom that gives them a foundation for life and for discerning what is most important.
As the only all-girls Catholic school in Nashville, we know from experience what the research validates: that the all-girl environment at St. Cecilia provides the ideal climate for young women to achieve academic success, assume leadership experience, and discover their gifts and talents, precisely as women, in an atmosphere of friendship and respect. SCA is marked by a joyful and balanced community spirit, with lots of chances for girls to get involved in the many opportunities afforded them, from athletics to fine arts to the multiple clubs and activities. Getting involved and taking risks within a tight-knit, supportive family atmosphere foster bonds that often last a lifetime. As our alumnae say, once a St. Cecilia girl, always a St. Cecilia girl!
Finally, the Dominican difference means an education rooted in Christ. At St. Cecilia, students, parents, faculty and staff are all invited to grow in faith and friendship with Christ. Faith is taken seriously here, and we offer a number of opportunities, from prayer and the sacraments, to service trips and retreats, for young women to encounter Jesus Christ in a real and personal way. When they leave us at graduation, we want our girls to be the kind of selfless young women who will put their gifts at the service of others.
Enjoy our website, and we encourage you to visit us in person to experience the Dominican difference!
Sister Anne Catherine, O.P.
Principal, St. Cecilia Academy