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.
Our vision: At Harding Academy we are creatively educating the next generation to be strong and courageous disciples of Christ who serve and influence the world for His glory.
As we daily engage our students in Christian academic, artistic, athletic, and life pursuits, it is our strong desire to instill in them the ability to discern what is from God and what is not. It is paramount to our ongoing mission that we challenge students with creative and relevant curriculum so they will be empowered to courageously serve others to the glory of God.
Looking ahead to the future of our school, we will rely on the following five core commitments as we continue to teach students to love, to think, and to live: discipleship, academic excellence, community, creativity, and parent partnerships
In the execution of their duties, all teachers, staff, coaches, and administrators will be intentionally engaged in showing students how to follow Jesus in every aspect of their programs and curriculum. While we recognize that we are far from perfect, our goal is to use every subject, class, club, team, performance, field trip, competition, meeting, tutoring session, and daily interaction to draw our students into a meaningful relationship with Christ. As we strive to obey our call to train the next generation, we are reminded that an intentional commitment to the call of discipleship distinguishes Harding Academy from other schools. Yes, we want our students to be prepared for college. But more importantly, we want them to be prepared for life.
Students will achieve academic excellence not only by learning and applying factual information and skills but also by joyfully pursuing truth, goodness, and beauty to the glory and pleasure of God. Our commitment to be excellent academically naturally flows from our commitment to be distinctly Christian in everything we do. We want our students to love learning and to be motivated by more than outcomes such as test scores, grades, and class rank. Yes, we want them to be academically prepared to succeed in college. But we want them to develop a love for all that is true, good, and beautiful in life.
Harding will be a place where the love of Christ fosters reconciliation and unity in both the school and the greater Memphis area through understanding, empathy, compassion, and respect. We want our students to understand the importance of community and to learn how to look for and love the things in life that bring people together. We want them to learn from one another and to understand the importance of appreciating those who contribute in different ways to the fabric of our community. We also want them to take what they are given and share it with others as we actively engage in and support efforts to change our city. Ultimately, we want to be a place where people do life together in meaningful ways.
The Harding community will be a creative one in which a diversity of voices and talents energetically and passionately worship, build, explore, think, rethink, and grow together. As the world around us gets even more complicated, connected, and challenging, it is our task to teach our students that creativity matters. One of the best ways to teach them this lesson is to model that kind of creativity and flexibility in the design of our programs, curriculum, and requirements. In the end, it is about encouraging our students to seek fulfillment and purpose in things that matter to God, to others around them, and to them. As created beings, creativity is not an option; it is an absolute necessity.
Parents will be engaged with students, teachers, coaches, staff, and administrators in the educational process through powerful partnership and collaboration. In order for this important partnership to work, we all have to be on the same page about the primary goal: providing and supporting whatever is in the best interest of the student. All other agendas thwart our partnership and blur the focus of our well-intentioned efforts. The kind of healthy and meaningful partnership with parents that we desire at Harding Academy involves trust, cooperation, and collaboration.