Upper School (9–12)

Helping Students Learn and Explore

Welcome to upper school! The teenage years are an important time in students’ lives. They are exploring their interests, learning to think for themselves, and dreaming about the future. We are here to teach, mentor, and serve. Our upper school program provides a liberal arts education and helps guide students in their Christian walk.

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    Making Disciples

    Teenagers are learning to take ownership of their faith. We treasure our responsibility to help students navigate this important transition. We hope the spiritual formation they experience here will grow throughout their lives.

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    Challenging Students

    It isn’t about getting the right answer on the first try. It’s about the process of discovery, creative thinking, and problem solving. We challenge students to dig deeper.

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    Instilling a Love for Learning

    During their time on on our campus, students can’t learn everything there is to know. We want them to develop a love for truth and to become lifelong learners.

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    Promoting Creativity

    When students create, they express the image of the Creator in them. We provide opportunities inside and outside the clasroom for this kind of meaningful creative expression.

Our Mission: We teach students to love others as Christ loves them, to think creatively and learn with open minds, and to live courageously to the glory of God.

  • Curriculum

    The upper school curriculum helps students further develop into creative thinkers and problem solvers while preparing them for college. Teaching methods include independent exploration, group activities, and teacher-directed presentations. Students take math, science, English, Bible, and social studies each year. They also take at least two language classes, one visual or performing arts, physical education, and four electives.

    Click here for a full list of course descriptions.

  • Thrive: Academic Differentiation

    Thrive is our academic differentiation program for all students in K–12. We provide extra supports or challenges based on students’ individual needs to help them thrive in every class. Here’s what that looks like in upper school:

    • Our upper school program is structured to serve students in everyday support and small ratio classes.
    • English and math learning specialists are available to help students individually.
    • The learning lab is open to all students (students can have papers edited, homework reviewed, etc.).
    • Teachers are trained on differentiated learning within the classroom.
    • We offer a class designed to specifically serve students diagnosed with dyslexia.
  • iPads in Upper School

    We use technology to enrich students’ daily learning experiences and to teach them how to be responsible, productive members in our digital society. We issue a personal iPad to each student in upper school.

  • Ride Waiting

    Ride Waiting is available beginning at 3:30 p.m. Parents can pay a daily drop-in rate of $5 or an annual fee of $795.

    A late fee of $15 will be charged for pick-up between 6:00–6:15 p.m. plus $1 per minute for pick-up after 6:15 p.m. Charges will be billed through the parent’s FACTS account.

    Sign up here.

  • Accreditation

    Harding Academy is accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and National Christian School Association (NCSA). SACS is a regional accrediting agency under the umbrella organization of AdvancEd.

Upper School News


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Meet the Principal

Ashley Lipe
Upper School Principal
(901) 767-4462

Ms. Lipe’s Deep Hope: My deep hope is that you will live fearlessly as citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven by joyfully serving each other, by seeing your neighbors as Jesus sees them, and by seeking God’s truth in all things.