Mission, Beliefs, & Heritage

Mrs. Bratcher's Class


Davidson Academy offers a strong Christian foundation for college preparation by nurturing spiritual, intellectual, physical, and social growth in an interdenominational setting.

Davidson Academy endeavors to assure that students are:
  • grounded in God's Word as the source of truth;
  • inspired to grow in spiritual wisdom;
  • guided by personnel committed to excellence;
  • trained in the fundamental and college-preparatory, academic skills;
  • encouraged to accomplish goals and be recognized for achievement;
  • and provided opportunities for physical and social development through programs and services.


Statement of Faith

  • We believe God has revealed Himself, His purposes, and His ways in the Bible, which is therefore absolute in its truth and authority over daily living.
  • We believe God is one, absolute in power and authority over all people.  He has revealed Himself as Heavenly Father and is the first person of the Trinity.
  • We believe Jesus Christ is the second person of the Trinity, the physical embodiment of God; He is fully God and fully man, a mystery that calls us to worship.
  • We believe the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. He is the invisible and contemporary presence of God.
  • We believe all human kind are separated from God by sin and are in need of a Savior.
  • We believe salvation comes only through belief (faith) in Jesus Christ as revealed in Scripture, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His sacrificial death upon the cross and His resurrection from the dead.
  • We believe Christians should live their lives in community, as members of a body of believers, and in subjection to the will of God, holding one another accountable for their decisions and choices and offering encouragement and prayer support in all things.


Davidson Academy is a place where:
  • students are given opportunities to discover and develop their spiritual gifts;
  • honesty and integrity are instilled within the school community;
  • learners grow in intellectual, physical, and social skills;
  • students are challenged to become responsible, self-motivated, lifelong learners;
  • students learn the value of voluntary service;
  • teaching and learning processes are enriched by resources in technology;
  • students gain an appreciation of different peoples and cultures;
  • courtesy, dignity, and respect are exemplified in a safe, comfortable environment;
  • effective communication is encouraged within the school community;
  • and teachers, staff, parents, and students share the responsibility for the support of the school's mission.


Davidson Academy's forerunner, Madison Christian School, opened in the fall of 1980 with 62 students in grades one through four. Over the years, the school grew in enrollment and expanded its facilities on the modern Old Hickory Boulevard campus. Davidson Academy was named for the first school west of the Cumberland Mountains. The original Davidson Academy was founded in 1785 on land that is now part of Spring Hill Cemetery in Madison.

Now enrolling approximately 750 students, ages 3 years through 12th grade, Davidson Academy is among the largest independent schools in the state.

A History of Davidson Academy by Virginia Miles Chaney, Ph.D.



Beginnings, 1784-1786




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Continuity: Davidson Academy to Davidson Academy


Significant Dates for Davidson Academy



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