A History of the Overbrook School
The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation founded Overbrook School in 1936 with just nine students and a mission to establish a school with traditional Catholic values and academic excellence. More than 75 years later, the Dominican sisters still own and operate Overbrook school, which includes more than 230 boys and girls in grades prekindergarten through eighth.
In 2010, Overbrook was recognized by the United States Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. Overbrook is the first Catholic elementary school in Nashville to be given the honor. The award honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools whose students achieve at very high levels. The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honored Overbrook for showing high performance measured by national norms in standardized testing. Overbrook School’s curriculum challenges children to think critically in all subject areas and master basic skills so that enrichment can be layered on that foundation. The academic program follows a spiral curriculum which provides constant reinforcement of skills and allows the students to develop a deeper understanding of the concepts as well as how to apply these concepts.
More than 2500 graduates have attended Overbrook School throughout its history. Overbrook students have gone on to careers in all manner of fields including the weekend anchor of the NBC Nightly News with John Seigenthaler, an acclaimed stage-actress in Chicago, the publisher of Our Sunday Visitor national newspaper and many more exciting careers. More recently, Overbrook graduates have gone on to all of the area private high schools including St. Cecilia Academy, Father Ryan High School and Pope John Paul II High School. Overbrook alumni are currently studying in Rome, at Vanderbilt Medical School, playing basketball for Princeton and preparing to start their careers in the financial industry.
The Dominican Campus
Overbrook sits on The Dominican Campus with St. Cecilia Academy and Aquinas College. The campus is located on 83 wooded acres in Nashville, Tennessee. St. Cecilia Academy was the congregation first’s school when it opened in 1860. The sisters purchased the land for The Dominican Campus in the 1920s and moved St. Cecilia on to the campus next door to Overbrook in the 1950’s – today it is the oldest, continually operating school in Nashville and the only all-girls Catholic school. Aquinas College opened in the 1960’s and today is a co-educational college offering Bachelor and Associate degree programs in a variety of formats for traditional and non–traditional students. Masters programs are also offered in teaching and business.