St. Cecilia Academy is a private all-girls Catholic high school owned and operated by the Dominican Sisters of the St. Cecilia Congregation in the Diocese of Nashville, Tennessee. The Dominican Sisters devote themselves to Christian education of youth in institutions of learning. The Academy is responsible to carry out its mission in keeping with the unique charism of the Dominican Order and the St. Cecilia Congregation, fostering the Gospel spirit of truth and charity while seeking to relate all human culture to the news of salvation. St. Cecilia Academy is accredited by AdvancEd.

Mission Promise

Exercising its mission on the foundation of the life and teaching of the Catholic Church, St. Cecilia Academy ennobles young women, equips them to excel, and inspires them to lead lives of integrity.

Philosophy Statement

Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations. Baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them to carry out everything I have commanded you. And know that I am with you always, until the end of the world. (Mt. 28:19-20)

With these words, Christ sent forth his apostles on a mission of evangelization. Catholic education promotes and fosters the teachings and values of the Catholic Church as articulated by the magisterium (teaching office) of the Catholic Church. Through Catholic education, the young women of St. Cecilia Academy are encouraged in their efforts to grow in their relationship with God, who in Jesus Christ reveals His transforming love and truth. Christ is the foundation of Catholic education; He is the Master who journeys with students through school and life as genuine Teacher and perfect Man. Through emphasis on the Dominican four pillars of study, prayer, community, and service, St. Cecilia Academy fulfills its purpose of the critical transmission of culture in the light of faith and integral formation of students in body, mind, and spirit.

Since 1216, the Order of Preachers has been called to preach and teach the Word of God. St. Dominic embodied the teaching mission of the Church by sending his followers out into the world to proclaim the Gospel to all people. Since 1860 the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation have continued this mission of St. Dominic at St. Cecilia Academy, offering young women an intellectual foundation in the liberal arts that encourages them to love knowledge for its own sake and to excel in scholastic and extracurricular pursuits within the context of a joyful, Christ-centered community.

St. Cecilia Academy    |    4210 Harding Pike    |    Nashville, TN 37205    |    (615) 298-4525    |
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