Christ Presbyterian Academy
Transformation through Education

Exceptional education through a Christian worldview for PS-12

Our Mission

Christ Presbyterian Academy assists Christian families in helping students come to know God, evaluate all knowledge and all life by His truth, and live transformed by His truth for His glory.

Nashville is a vibrant, growing city, with abounding independent school options. Here’s what we do best…

Academy Life

Upper School

Challenging the intellect and embracing God-given talents

Perspectives

A community speaker series, free and open to the public

By the Numbers

1,383

students

110

tech-integrated classrooms

58

athletic teams

46

honors / AP courses

15+

arts performances a year

50+

summer camp offerings

58

acre campus

100+

campus security cameras

10:1

student to teacher ratio

47%

faculty hold advanced degrees

Equipping for the Future

“...let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” — Matthew 5:16

Academy Voices

Lynette Brinson

Having the flexibility to ask staff to stop and pray with and for my son has made ALL the difference between conventional schools and CPA.

Lynette Brinson, parent

Jennifer Christensen

After having been a teacher for a while, I can assure parents that the seeds you plant for children when they are 16 come to fruition when they are 30, 40, and 50. 

Jennifer Christensen, faculty 

Rodney and Janice Burt

CPA has given our children a wonderful place to build on the foundation of their faith. The faculty and staff are passionate, professional, and personable.

Rodney and Janice Burt, parents

Trael and Elizabeth Webb

CPA is intentionally geared towards faith, academics, and service. Here, our children are learning to be responsible and compassionate members of the community.

Trael and Elizabeth Webb, parents

Dan Carpenter

Teaching history allows me critical conversations with students on human behavior, plight, and triumph, a deeper examination of life, all through the lens of the Gospel.   

Dan Carpenter, faculty

Kelli Shipman

CPA teachers embrace excellence in all that they do, but what brings us back every year is the relational depth in this community. 

Kelli Shipman, parent

Heather Massie

The teachers at CPA delight in helping my kids learn their unique identity in Christ. I have never seen teachers who care this deeply.

Heather Massie, parent

Tiffany Benken

Teachers encourage students to be strong in their faith, to serve one another and others, and to have passion in their work.

Tiffany Benken, parent

Joda Foster

Our relationship with faculty and staff is truly a partnership, resulting in ongoing growth in my own relationship with Christ, not only for my children, but for me as a parent.

Joda Foster, parent 

David Filson

Teachers often have more quality time with students than parents. There is a partnership between home, church, and school that exists to reflect the Gospel in every interaction.

David Filson, Pastor of Theology and Discipleship

Rhonda Smith

Connection and relationship are key. We model, as a faculty, what it looks like to love God and love each other in this community.

Rhonda Smith, Head of Middle School 

Wheat Teller

The community here pours into the lives of my kids, pushing them, rooting for them. It gives me so much assurance and support as a parent. 

Wheat Teller, parent 

Beth Graham

Seeing students grapple with complex ideas is when I feel most positioned to stretch them. The growth process takes place in dozens of small moments every day. 

Beth Graham, faculty

News & Events

TICE Law & Advocacy hosts Shan Foster

Students in The Institute for Cultural Engagement's (TICE) Center for Law & Advocacy hosted Shan Foster, Co-Founder and CEO of Fostering Healthy Solutions, LLC. Foster's previous basketball career in college (Vanderbilt) and beyond (Dallas Mavericks and abroad) has given him a unique perspective on and passion for building positive communities.

The transformative power of the gospel in Tennessee's prison system

Rudy Kalis was a WSMV sports journalist in Nashville for 43 years, bringing sports news and conversation to the Nashville community. In these past few years his story has taken a different turn, and one that he would describe as transformative: "It's changing me every day."