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  • Faith in Young Women. Since 1860.

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.
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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    $17.8M in college merit scholarships earned by the 74 members of the Class of 2019. 
    Class of 2019 attends 47 different colleges in 21 states
     
     
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    #1 Catholic High School in Tennessee. Ranked by Niche.com's 2019 Top Private High Schools
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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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    19 AP Courses | 11 Honors Courses. In 2018, 91 SCA students took 173 AP examinations in 13 different subjects, with an overall pass rate of 81%
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    Average class size 12; 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.