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Parents' Corner

What our Parents Say about Sumner Academy:

"What a great start for my son!  With a focus on fundamentals, SA has given him a foundation of confidence and security that will carry him to anywhere he wants to go in life.  I have loved the hands-on learning, character education, etiquette class, access to an on-site music instructor, and the adventure education trips that provide not only education, but a strong sense of family amount the SA community."

~ Current Parent (2017)

I was hesitant to send my daughter to private school, but it has been the best decision we ever made.  She is happy and has the opportunity to experience things she wouldn't have in public school.  She is challenged in the classroom and she plays sports as well, which I never would have dreamed she would do.  If you want a school that truly puts your child first, Sumner Academy is the school for you!

~ Current Parent (2017)

My husband was reading to our kindergarten daughter one night about insects, and our daughter said, "I know about insects ... insects have three parts... the head, thorax and abdomen."  I was so excited that even after three days of Kindergarten, I knew she was learning and absorbing knowledge beyond the standard concepts. I was impressed that she remembered those words and could tell us about it!  I love that education at Sumner Academy is not just about stuffing kids with standardized test knowledge.

~ Current Parent (2014)


What our Alumni say about Sumner Academy

Question and Answer session with Casey Ball (2005).


Q.  When did you attend Sumner Academy?
A.  Grades one through grade eight.


Q.  What did you like best about the experience of being a student at Sumner Academy?
A.  The close friendships I formed because of the small class sizes. 


Q.  What was your favorite school tradition?
A.  The bonfire.  I still go every year!


Q.  After leaving Sumner Academy, where did you go to high school?  College?
A.  I went to high school at Pope John Paul II, then I went to the University of Tennessee - Martin for one year, and eventually graduated from Austin Peay State University in December 2013. 


Q.  How did Sumner Academy prepare you for success in high school and college?
A.  Sumner Academy has a rigorous curriculum and high expectations that pushes students to strive to be their best academically.  This instilled a good work and study ethic which helped me to be prepared for high school and college.


Q.  What is your occupation/career now?
A.  I am a Special Education Teacher at Greenbrier Middle School.  I work with resource and inclusion students all day.


Q.  How did your time at Sumner Academy prepare you to be successful in your chosen career?
A.  My experience at Sumner Academy showed me that teachers have a very rewarding job.


Q.  What is the most important thing you learned at Sumner Academy?
A.  How to work hard and study hard.


Q.  Who was your favorite teacher while you were at Sumner Academy?  Why?
A.  Judy Sharp.  She taught me to read and so much more.  Without her I would not be where I am today.


Q.  What advice do you have for parents that are considering sending their students to Sumner Academy?
A.  The cost of your child's education is nothing compared to the benefits of the education you get at Sumner Academy, including a lifetime love of learning, learning to work towards goals, and learning to strive for all you want in life.  Sumner Academy prepares all students for life.

Students' Corner

What our students say about Sumner Academy

What do I like best about Sumner Academy?  I love the quality of the education.  I feel challenged and compelled to work my hardest and reach my goals.  I feel like the classes are challenging and fun.  I love to learn new things.  The courses are interesting and exciting.  The classes are advanced. 

Current 6th grader (2017)

What I like best about Sumner Academy is the country project we do in 6th grade for the Social Studies/Science Fair.  It is very fun to learn about different countries.  Some countries I had not heard of and some I knew basically nothing about and got to learn. 

Current 6th grader (2017)

There are so many reasons why I like going to Sumner Academy.  The biggest reason, are all the excellent teachers.  Every teacher at Sumner Academy posses caring, heart, compassion, knowledge and many other important character traits.  The teachers are great and amazing at what they do.  That's just one of the many reasons why I love Sumner Academy.

Current 6th grader (2017)

The thing I am going to miss the most about Sumner Academy is being in such a small community.  Every teacher, every student, and every member of the staff feels like a part of my family.

Current 8th grader (2017)

The one thing that I will probably miss about Sumner Academy is the small community.  In high school everything will be spread out and hard to find.  It's nice to be in a smaller school and know everyone's names.  I'll miss knowing everyone and the personal level you were on with all of the teachers.  They really look out for you, because they want you to succeed.  I will definitely miss Sumner Academy.

Current 8th grade (2017)

One thing I am going to miss when I leave are the people.  The people here are like a family.  When you are going through tough times people are there.  If you are new and don't know anyone, people will make sure to be nice and help you around the school.  The teachers also care a lot about you.  They are very understanding and will help you if you are having trouble. 

Current 8th grade (2017)

Educating independent thinkers since 1973.


We believe in teaching a love of learning.


We believe in teaching with patience.


We believe in valuing the differences each student brings.


We believe in collaborating with parents.


We believe in creating and promoting a safe environment.


We believe in fostering social and personal responsibility.

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