School Details

Father Ryan High School

700 Norwood Drive, Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 383-4200

(out of 10)

Private Grades 9-12 933 students 11 students/teacher (TN avg is 15)

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About this school

Father Ryan High School is a private high school in Nashville. 933 students go to Father Ryan High School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. The student to teacher ratio at Father Ryan High School is 11:1. John Overton Comp High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 89% %
Black, non-Hispanic 4% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% %
Multiracial 2% %
Hispanic 2% %
Asian 1% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    Feel part of a community that instills faith and morals. Great education by teachers that are caring and involved. Strong administration that is accessible. A school where everyone is known and can find their niche. Highly recommend to even those students whom are not Catholic. Teachers and coaches that mentor your child and prepare them for college. Loved having the block schedule and various leveled choices in core classes. Teachers always giving the extra time for your child to succeed. Beautiful campus and outstanding leadership team.

  • (9 months ago)

    The school? Very nice. The students? That's a different story. After moving across the country my family decided to send me to Father Ryan. It was very unwelcoming. I tried to be friendly and talk to people everyday but it just felt like the students ignored me. I just felt like I didn't fit in. At my old school I had nice caring friends. Here I didn't ever even make one. It made me just feel lonely and depressed. I don't recommend this school for people who aren't from Tennessee. It seems like nearly everyone went to Elementary school and Middle school together. Therefore they already had there group of friends and didn't want new meet new people. Hopefully this problem can be fixed for future students because I would hate for others to have the same experience I did.

  • (2 years ago)

    My son has attendended this school for a year now. This is probably the worst school you could possibly send your child to. It has little to no diversity in their students making "most" of them very similar. No one stands out in any special way. Just a bunch of preppy athletes as my son says. Some teachers single out students and make other students seem lower when everyone should be equal. Teachers dont follow policies by only applying them to some students. My son left and is now attending Hillsboro. Its not a good school and he loves it. Thats what matters. I highly recommend public school if your child isnt really having that great connection with a private school.

  • (4 years ago)

    FRHS is an incredible school. I transferred there my junior year in 2006 and was astonished by the strong community and spirit of the school. Father Ryan focuses on producing well-rounded young adults and the things I learned there go far beyond the classroom. Also when I entered college I discovered we were far more prepared academically then the vast majority of our peers. I look forward to sending my children there.

  • (4 years ago)

    Its commitment to the students is outstanding!

  • (7 years ago)

    This is by far the best private school in Middle Tennessee. The teachers personnel and coaches are exceptional.

  • (8 years ago)

    Having a 2006 Graduate of FRHS I have seen first hand what Father Ryan offers students. It not only offers a very solid education it produces mature responsible young men and women that can interact with adults in almost any situation. We have been so impressed with FRHS that it was our only choice for our second child now a freshman at Father Ryan. *There are a lot of changes being implemented this year including a new principle. With that in mind my scores are based on what I have experienced up to this current school year.

  • (10 years ago)

    We have two children enrolled this year and both are brand new to Father Ryan. We are so happy with how well our children have been embraced by the Father Ryan community. The teachers administrators coaches and students have been so accepting and welcoming to our kids. We've been impressed by the facilities and the teachers. We couldnt have made a better choice for our kids than to attend Father Ryan

  • (11 years ago)

    I am an alumni of Father Ryan and I feel that when I went to college I was more than prepared for what was ahead of me. It really is more than a school it's a family as well.

  • (11 years ago)

    Fr. Ryan is a wonderful 'community'. There is so much love there and so many wonderful faculty members and students. It truly gets better every year. I feel very blessed to have graduated one child from Fr. Ryan and currently have another there.

  • (11 years ago)

    I graduated from Father Ryan in 2000 and I am proud to call myself an alumni. Things have changed since I went there but we are still a family. They helped me so much when I was filling out my college applications. Now I am a Psychology major.

  • (11 years ago)

    Just wanted to let everyone know that FRHS is absolutely the best high school in Nashville. I attended FRHS for all 4 years of high school and I too wouldn't want to have experienced high school anywhere else! FRHS keeps making building improvements that are doing nothing but making this school better! Keep up the good work!

  • (11 years ago)

    father ryan is more than a school its a community you get what you put into it i cant say enough about it i wouldnt want my high school experience any other way

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