Be Known

We are a tight-knit community of students, staff, and families. The size of our student body enables our learners to form lasting relationships. Come see why you should join our community.

Be Creative

Ignite your creativity by exploring the fine arts: from painting, to throwing clay, to practicing for performances, we believe in providing every child a strong foundation in the arts.

Be Powerful

Our Pre-K - 8 model allows children to explore, learn, and develop in a safe and appropriate environment during their most critical years. That's why Sumner Academy is a powerful place to learn and grow.

Be Curious

Our IDEA Hub and Technology offerings foster exploration and innovation through hands-on experiences. From building with robots to 3D printing, our students are engaged in opportunities that promote 21st century skills.

Be You

We believe "all the world's a classroom" - from our 23 acre campus to communities beyond our walls, our students are constantly immersed in learning opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom. Come discover yourself here.

Be Challenged

Our vigorous academic programs promote growth, perseverance, and connections to authentic experiences by promoting a balanced development of mind and character through classes, clubs, and field studies.

WHY PRE-K through 8TH

We believe in the distinct advantages of PK - 8th grade school. Our program and environment focuses on nurturing and supporting children during their most formative years. Our model creates a solid foundation for your child's development and success. We encourage children to feel safe taking risks, exploring new activities, and challenging themselves.

Explore what makes Sumner Academy your child's best option.

Educating Independent Thinkers Since 1973



What does is take for your student to join Sumner Academy? Click to learn more about our admissions requirements and process.


Sumner Academy's unique approach balances academic vigor with developmental needs of children, leading to well-rounded, exceptionally-prepared alumni. 

Why Sumner Academy?

Want to know why families choose Sumner Academy? Explore what makes our school special. 

Honoring the Past. Creating the Future.

We are about to celebrate our 50th year for the 2023 - 2024 academic year.

From our first students in 1973 to our new enrollees for next year, Sumner Academy continues to honor our traditions and create innovative new approaches and spaces to prepare our students for their best future.

We welcome you to join us on our journey and see what the next 50 years holds for our community.


Once a Hawk, Always a Hawk

Find Out Why

From Here to Anywhere

Students from Sumner Academy are well positioned to attend any high school of their choosing. With an equal emphasis on academics and character, students graduate with the necessary skills and knowledge to be successful wherever they go!

Why You Should Be A Hawk!

Mrs. Sharp, 1st Grade Teacher
Sumner Academy provides a safe, nurturing, loving environment for every student and family.
Mrs. Sharp, 1st Grade Teacher
Kaylan S, 5th Grade
At Sumner Academy, I love that we get to eat outside with our friends.

Kaylan S, 5th Grade

Braden S, 8th Grade
One thing I like about being a Hawk is the great field trips that we get to go on. My favorite one is when we went to the Barrier Islands.

Braden S, 8th Grade

Natalie F, 6th Grade
My favorite thing about Sumner Academy is the people. It wouldn't be SA without all the wonderful teachers and students that are at this school.

Natalie F, 6th Grade

Abby W, 8th Grade
My favorite things about Sumner Academy are the amazing teachers, that the classes are only 45 minutes long, and we get dessert every day in the cafetorium.

Abby W, 8th Grade

James W, 6th Grade
Something I love about Sumner Academy is that our teachers care about our well-being.

James W, 6th Grade

Savannah B, 6th Grade
One of my favorite things about Sumner Academy is that we have a lot of hands on learning, like doing projects in the IDEA HUB.

Savannah B, 6th Grader

Ms. Wright, Business Support Coordinator
Our inspiring Adventure Education trips -- lessons and memories for a lifetime!

Ms. Wright, Business Support Coordinator

Students playing in the fall leaves

By the Numbers


The number of High Schools our students attend across Middle Tennessee and out-of-state upon graduation.


The average number of years our teachers have been in the classroom.


Our typical student-teacher ratio.


Percentage of faculty who have at least one advanced degree.


Average student diversity, which is above the average for Tennessee independent schools.


Students travel to school from 15 different zip codes. 

What's Happening on Campus

6th Grade Field Study
8th Grade Field Study
all day
Donuts with Dad
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Earth Day 5K
Triple Creek Park, Gallatin
5th and 6th Grade Play
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Lower School Field Trip