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Old 06-21-2010, 04:15 PM
Location: middle Tennessee
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My family and I are moving to Nashville and we're looking for an elementary school for our two small children. I was born and raised in the south, so I know how important faith is to many people here. While we (my husband and I) are not religious, we're not anti-religious either. We would just prefer to filter and be in control of how our children are introduced to different religions (particularly because we don't want to present a bias for or against any particular one).

I've been researching the private elementary schools in the Nashville area, and there seem to be very few that aren't religious in either affiliation or practice. I was very hopeful about Oak Hill School until I read that they teach "Bible" class. They don't seem to hold the school out to be a "Christian" school, but teaching of Bible classes would lead me to believe that's what it is. Can anyone vouch for the accuracy of this? Is is a *required* class or merely an enrichment that is elective? Are there children of other religions who attend school there and what do they do during Bible class?

I attended a private boarding school that was non-parochial but religious in nature. We had "chapel" every morning where we sang a verse and read a scripture along with daily announcements, etc.. We were also required to attend church on Sunday (if we were in the dorm), and those who chose not to (foreign students for the most part) were required to sit in dress clothes in the cafeteria. I assume this was by reason of fairness, but I don't want my children to unduly exposed to religion in an environment not in my control - while I also don't want my children to be the kids sitting in the cafeteria.

Ensworth and University School seem to be the only options that do not carry this undertone. But from what I'm gathering, they are quite difficult to get in to.

Can anyone offer words of experience with the schools here? Direction elsewhere?

Thanks so much!
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Old 06-21-2010, 04:31 PM
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Linden School (Waldorf) and several Montessori schools are options.
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Old 06-21-2010, 05:07 PM
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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Battle Ground Academy in Franklin (BGA)

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Old 06-22-2010, 12:38 PM
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Harding Academy is also secular but that's about it.....montessoris, waldorf, USN, BGA, Ensworth and Harding.
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Old 06-22-2010, 02:19 PM
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You might want to contact this local secular parenting group for info:
Secular Parenting (Hermitage, TN) - Meetup.com (http://www.meetup.com/SecularParenting/ - broken link)
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