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St. Cecilia Academy is unique in Nashville and greater Middle Tennessee. Founded in 1860, we are the oldest continually operating school in the city. St. Cecilia Academy is many things: Catholic. Dominican. College preparatory. All girls. Grades 7-12.
Our school is a rich blend of age-old wisdom and dynamic discovery, a place where learning and laughter happily coexist. St. Cecilia is a community where girls from diverse backgrounds discover a home not just for four years, but for life.

At St. Cecilia Academy, we have faith in young women: in who they are, in what they can become, in the greatness God intends for each one of them.

At a Glance

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    The 61 members of the Class of 2023 earned $12.2 million in college merit scholarships and attended 36 different colleges.
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    Nationally recognized since 2004 to the Catholic Education Honor Roll School by the Cardinal Newman Society. 
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    Students participate in a multi-disciplinary survey course freshman year that incorporates dance, drama, speech, music and visual art.
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    16 AP Courses | 12 Honors Courses. In 2023, 88 SCA students took 218 AP examinations in 13 different subjects.
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    Average class size 13; Student-teacher ratio 8:1.
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    Each student commits to 60 hours of person-to-person service, where service becomes a way of life.
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    The student body comes from 44 different zip codes.
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    60% of students participate in at least one of our 12 varsity sports.

Ever Ancient and Ever New

The founding of St. Cecilia Academy was simultaneous with the founding of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation in 1860. Surviving the early tests of the Civil War and then subsequent reconstruction, the Great Depression and two more World Wars, St. Cecilia stands today as the oldest continually operating private school in Nashville.

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Why All Girls?

Our Mission

Exercising its mission on the foundation of the life and teaching of the Catholic Church, St. Cecilia Academy ennobles young women, equips them to excel, and inspires them to lead lives of integrity.
St. Cecilia Academy admits young women of any race, color, national and ethnic origin who demonstrate academic and personal potential and a desire to be part of the faith-based mission of the school to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, or national origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.