Junior High

St. Cecilia Academy's Junior High program is now in its second year. Adding the program to our existing campus does not feel like a new school within SCA but an extension of what we have done for 160 years. We are a community, a family rich in history, knowledge, faith, and love for one another. 


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  • Admissions Process

    Information on applying, important dates, and information.
    Junior High Admissions
  • Course Offerings

    The St. Cecilia Academy Junior High will require Latin for all 7th and 8th graders, a feature shared with other top Nashville private schools. Taking Latin in junior high trains students in logic and orderly habits of mind. It affords them a solid understanding of grammar and the structure of language and word roots. It makes them stronger readers and writers and provides a great foundation for the study of modern languages. Study of Latin has also been proven to increase SAT scores and other standardized test scores for all students. Finally, Latin is part of the cultural and liturgical heritage of the Catholic Church. Learning prayers and Mass parts in Latin gives students a window into the Church’s beauty and a participation in the Church as universal.
    Incoming eighth graders in 2022-2023 who have taken Spanish as seventh graders and who test into the Spanish program will have the option to take either Spanish or Latin. This will be a special exception for the first eighth grade class.


    • English 7
      • The seventh-grade English class will provide an essential foundation in literature, grammar, composition, and vocabulary so that students develop oral and written communication skills.  The exploration of a variety of genres will expose students to different literary forms that can convey Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. The foundations of grammar and writing will be stressed so that students learn to respond effectively to questions and discussions.
    • English 8
      • The eighth-grade English class continues the foundation begun in seventh grade.  Students will continue to develop grammar, vocabulary, and writing skills and will complete writing assignments of greater length and variety.  Students will continue to study literature of various genres; they will learn how to identify textual evidence for literary devices such as symbolism, tone and point of view and to analyze works for character development and theme
    Fine Arts
    • St. Cecilia is the patron of the arts, our school, and our students.  Our junior high students will be exposed to the fundamentals of artistic expression which are grounded in a proper understanding of true beauty.  Exposure to different disciplines will provide girls with an appreciation of the arts and allow them to cultivate their talents. These courses will not meet daily, but be in a rotation.  Our plan is to use some of the high school facilities for these classes:   
      Music – Junior High Choir, String Ensemble, Band  
    Latin Foundation
    Latin 7 and 8 comprise the year-long Latin I course so that students may enter Latin II as ninth graders. 
    • Latin 7
      • Seventh grade students will be introduced to the fundamentals of the Latin language, especially grammar, vocabulary, and translation. Students will also study Roman history and culture, English derivatives and root words, and prayers of the Church in Latin. Students will encounter Latin’s enduring appeal in the beauty of accessible primary sources.  
    • Latin 8
      • Eighth grade students continue to master Latin roots, syntax, and vocabulary while translating increasingly complex sentences and stories about Roman history and mythology.  Students continue their studies of Roman culture with a focus on Roman values, mythology, daily life, and basic Roman history.  Students will also continue to deepen and broaden their knowledge of Roman history and culture, English derivatives, and prayers of the Church in Latin. Students will encounter Latin’s enduring appeal in the beauty of accessible primary sources.  
    • Pre-Algebra A
      • This seventh-grade math class allows students to master the fundamental math skills needed for Algebra.  Students will work with topics such as integers, solving equations and inequalities, decimals and equations, operations with rational numbers, the coordinate grid, ratios, proportions, and percents.   
    • Pre-Algebra B
      • This eighth-grade math class follows Pre-Algebra A, and students continue to master essential mathematical concepts.  Students will work with equation solving, operations with rational numbers, proportions, graphing, measurement and conversions, and right triangles. 
    • Pre-Algebra AB
      • This accelerated math class is for seventh grade students who have demonstrated a solid understanding of basic arithmetic with fractions, decimals, and integers and have demonstrated strong problem solving skills.  Students in this class will complete both the Pre-Algebra A and B curricula in this accelerated course.  This class will include rational numbers, evaluating expressions, solving equations and inequalities, writing equations and inequalities to solve problems, measurement and conversions, linear graphs, surface area and volume, and data analysis and probability.   
    • Geometry
      • This class is for eighth grade students who have completed the accelerated Pre-Algebra AB course.  This course mirrors the Geometry offered at St. Cecilia but is taught in the junior high classroom.  This course leads students to the mastery of inductive, deductive, and statistical reasoning through problem solving, hands-on activities, and assiduous study of Book 1 of Euclid's Elements. Students master the essential topics of Euclidean geometry—plane and solid geometry, triangle trigonometry and transformations—as well as elements of descriptive statistics, including graphical displays of one- and two-variable data sets of both categorical and quantitative variables. Most importantly, students learn to reason logically and critically as a foundation for higher mathematical thinking. 
        With permission, a student who has demonstrated exceptional mathematical progress may be able to take this course as a seventh grader.  
    • Algebra 1
      • Algebra 1 stresses both the structure of algebra and the development of problem-solving skills. Students gain competence in working with real numbers to solve problems. The concept of a function is introduced, and students learn about a variety of parent functions. Topics include algebraic language, operations with signed numbers, inequalities, exponents and radicals, polynomials, factoring, functions and graphs, domain and range, quadratic equations, and exponential functions. This is offered in the 9-12 program at St. Cecilia Academy; with permission, a student may be able to take this course as an eighth grader.  
    • Religion 7
      • Seventh grade religion focuses on the Gospels, the New Testament, and the Sacraments of the Catholic Church.  Students will focus on the person of Jesus Christ as the Savior, Who reveals us to ourselves and study the sacraments as the ways that God draws us into His Trinitarian life through the Church. Students will be introduced to the idea of the dignity of the human person and Christian anthropology. Students will seek to explore the questions: Who am I and who is Jesus Christ? Students will be introduced to the role of the virtues. They will study St. Cecilia and explore her virtues and witness. Students will study parts of the Gospels, Acts of the Apostles, and the Epistles while recognizing what it means to live as missionary disciples of Jesus. Themes studied throughout the year will be integrated and deepened through age-appropriate study of Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.  
    • Religion 8
      • Eighth grade religion consists of four integrated parts, culminating in preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Through the study of Faith in the Triune God, Church History, and Catholic Social Teaching students will be invited to connect the study of the Trinitarian communion to their relationship with God, the saints, and those with whom they share this life with its contemporary challenges. They will study the meaning and effects of Confirmation and the call to respond to God’s grace through this sacrament that strengthens the Christian in the fullness of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. 
    • Life Science
      • Seventh grade students study living organisms and how they function. Topics will include characteristics of living organisms, relationship between organisms, cells, bacteria, viruses, fungi, plants, animals, the basics of genetics, muscular and skeletal systems, diseases, and growth and development.  Students will explore the fundamental principles and concepts of the created world and study the handiwork of the divine Creator. This course provides a strong foundation for topics students will engage with more deeply in high school, especially in biology and human anatomy and physiology. 
    • Introduction to Physical Science
      • In Physical Science, eighth grade students learn the fundamental principles of chemistry and physics including the properties and classification of matter, atomic structure, elements and compounds, chemical bonding and reactions, the periodic table, Newton’s laws of motion, force, and energy, and electric charges. Particular attention is also given to reinforcing units and uses of the metric system in anticipation of physics in the ninth grade. 
    • Foundation (7th)
      • Geography
        • Students will acquire, organize, and analyze geographic information utilizing maps, statistics, graphs, and illustrations. They will explore geographic features which characterize regions. 
      • Foundations of US History
        • Students study the founding documents of the United States, including the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, in depth. Students will explore key principles in these documents and how they were written. 
      • Civics
        • Following after Foundations of US History, students will learn how authority and responsibility are shared and limited by government, the place of law in the American constitutional system, and which rights the American government guarantees its citizens.  Students will gain a basic understanding of civics, politics, and government.
    • An American Century (8th)
      • In eighth grade history, students develop a deeper understanding of some key time periods of American History. Students study the century 1850-1950 of American History. They will focus on the American Civil War and Reconstruction, Industrialism, the Progressive Era, World War I, the Great Depression, and World War II.
    The Art of Living
    Pope Benedict XVI's words inspire this course's title in an address to catechists. This class aims to provide holistic human, emotional, and intellectual formation so junior high girls can flourish in the fullness of their potential and find the path toward true happiness. Students will be taught social skills, an understanding of emotions and how to work with them, life skills and strategies for balancing the demands of life, organizational and study skills, how to grow in virtue and friendship with others, healthy habits, and true happiness – all tailored for a girl in junior high.

    Physical Education
    • Physical education will be scheduled for both seventh and grade students to help develop coordination as well as provide opportunities for strengthening and conditioning and maintain a healthy body.

  • Student Life

    Since 1860, the girls of St. Cecilia Academy have created traditions that remain dear to alumnae long after they graduate. With the addition of our Junior High in 2022, these students created a foundation for exploring new ideas, as they continue to build on our 162 years of traditions. 

    The Art of Living two-year course spanning both 7th and 8th grades is a signature feature of the St. Cecilia Academy Junior High curriculum. The title of this course is inspired by the words of Pope Benedict XVI in an address to catechists. The Art of Living class aims to provide holistic human, emotional, and intellectual formation so junior high girls can flourish in the fullness of their potential and find the path toward true happiness. Students are taught social skills, an understanding of emotions and how to work with them, life skills and strategies for balancing the demands of life, organizational and study skills, how to grow in virtue and in friendship with others, healthy habits, and true happiness – all tailored for a girl in junior high.
    These themes are woven into the heart of the Junior High academic and student life curriculum to create an integrated student experience that prepares girls to go forward in life with faith, resilience, and confidence.
    Travel and cultural experiences play an important role in a young woman’s life, building friendships, aiding learning development, and helping young women understand the role of beauty in our society. Traveling with peers is also an important rite of passage moment. As such, a special 8th-grade travel experience will be planned within the context of this course.


    • Compete in both independent and diocesan league
    • Early fall: Golf, Cross Country, Tennis, Volleyball
    • Late fall: Soccer
    • Winter: Basketball
    • Spring: Track, Lacrosse, Softball
    Student Life
    • Sacramental Preparation for Reception of Confirmation
    • 7th and 8th-grade retreat program
    • Special Events are celebrated with both Mom and Dad individually to help foster and develop family relationships.
    • Epiphany Celebration
    • Eighth-grade formation outing at the end of the year
    • Recognition of students at the end of eighth grade before they enter into the high school program
    Student Leadership & Clubs
    • Service-oriented leadership program
    • Separate programs from the high school
    • Club offerings based on student interest
  • Location

    Because the developmental needs of junior high and high school students are different, the St. Cecilia Academy Junior High is located in a newly renovated space separate from the 9th – 12th-grade students. Junior High classrooms and facilities are adjacent to the current school library, with an exclusive outdoor courtyard, gathering space, and a private entrance separate from the High School. 
    While the majority of junior high classes take place in this renovated section of St. Cecilia Academy, 7th and 8th students have access to the High School’s academic and athletic facilities at specified times, including the new art, choir, and dance studios, science labs, and dining hall.
  • Tuition

    The enhanced program at St. Cecilia Academy Junior High will cost all families $19,330 for the 2023-2024 school year. Financial aid opportunities will be available to any family who qualifies. A new scholarship, the Mother Frances Walsh Scholarship, has recently been established to provide assistance to a young woman and her family for all six years that she attends SCA. 
    Seventh and eighth-grade students benefit from the resources available at the high school level. They receive the same superior instruction and individualized attention for which St. Cecilia Academy has long distinguished itself. Students have expanded opportunities to challenge themselves in advanced academic courses and also benefit from access to high school lab space and state-of-the-art fine arts studios. Our program allows our academically talented students to take advanced courses. They discover many options for engaging in a full range of athletics, other clubs, and co-curricular activities. Just as with the 9-12 High School program, students in grades 7 and 8 receive the support of a full-time learning specialist and personal and academic counselors, as well as a full-time activities director and athletic director.

    Information regarding financial assistance is available here: Junior High Admissions
  • Uniforms

    All students attending St. Cecilia Academy grades 7-12 will wear the current green, yellow, and red SCA plaid skirts. 
  • 8th Grade Commencement

    All students who successfully complete their 8th-grade year at St. Cecilia Academy Junior High are celebrated at the Commencement Ceremony each Spring. This ceremony is a momentous event to recognize the milestone achievement of each girl and their Junior High completion.

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  • Pip Reese '28

    "I have made so many amazing friends at St. Cecilia that I have a feeling will be my friends for life. I want to cultivate these friendships for years to come and make new friends."

Events & Visits

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  • SCA Connect

    Join us at SCA Connect! Prospective parents are welcomed to an informative gathering hosted by the SCA Admissions Team and Principal Sister Anna Laura, O.P. Discover the heart of our academic excellence, learn more about the college selection process, our extra-curricular activities, Interim, and the empowering all-girl experience. There will be an open Q & A session, campus tours are available, and lunch is provided.  We can’t wait to share the SCA experience with you! 

    Register Here
  • Shadow Days

    Experiencing the life of a St. Cecilia girl firsthand is essential to the Admissions Process. We encourage you to schedule a Shadow Day for your daughter, so she can spend time with our girls, attend classes, meet our faculty, and gain a better sense of the unique all-girls environment St. Cecilia Academy offers its students. 

    How do I schedule a Shadow Day for my daughter?
    Click here (admissions@stcecilia.edu) or call 615.298.4525 x 377 to schedule a Shadow Day! 

    General Information:
    • 9:00-1:30pm
    • Snack & lunch provided 
    • Wear your current school uniform or an outfit you are comfortable in, but that is appropriate for school.
  • Walk-In Wednesdays

    Every Wednesday starting September 6th, the SCA Admissions team will be available for personal tours, Q & A sessions, and available to you from 12:00 - 1:00. Stop by the front office and tell them you are here for a Walk-In Wednesday visit. See you soon!
  • Campus Tours

    The Admissions Team is thrilled to welcome prospective families to campus for a private tour. Campus tours are offered on weekdays. 

    How do I schedule a Campus Tour?
    To schedule your Day at SCA, please contact St. Cecilia Academy's Office of Admissions at 615.298.4525. x 337 or email: admissions@stcecilia.edu

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  • Athletic Spirit Nights

    SCA Athletics offers several spirit nights throughout the year. This night is designed to give you the full athlete experience at SCA. Free admission, food, games and even team/athlete recognitions are a part of this fun SCAra Spirit Night. 

    Information is posted on social media and in our newsletters.
  • Girls' Night Out Events

    The SCA Student Ambassadors plan mixers throughout the year for 5th - 8th-grade girls to be a part of the SCA Experience! The night is filled with music, games, food, and friends, and always has a fun theme!

    Online registration is required and will open soon. Registration information will be posted on social media and in the newsletters.