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Mission & Vision


Father Ryan's mission is to be an experience of the living Gospel while challenging students to reach their spiritual, academic, and personal potential.


Father Ryan seeks to be a superior Catholic high school, providing excellence in religious and moral formation, academics, athletics, and the arts while remaining accessible to those seeking an education in the Catholic Tradition.

Motto: A Tradition of Faith, Knowledge, Service


Since 1925, Father Ryan has been rooted in strong traditions of Catholic faith, academic excellence, and hearts of service to challenge students to reach their spiritual, academic, and personal potential. For almost a century, Father Ryan has upheld these traditions, while evolving to meet the needs of our community.

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By allowing our students to develop and express their faith through worship, prayer, and service, Father Ryan enables each student to be an experience of the living Gospel. From Theology courses and daily prayer to classroom discussions and All School Mass, we provide our young men and women an educational experience rooted in the Catholic tradition.

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Father Ryan offers its students 200+ courses at four levels (College Preparatory, Honors, High Honors, and Advanced Placement), as well as placement in smaller Cooperative Support classes, to ensure a successful transition to higher education.

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Service learning allows our students to link school-based knowledge with the experience of actively living the Gospel. It encourages students to take the teachings of Christ beyond the classroom, and by so doing, become actively engaged in their Catholic faith. It helps them to become other-centered in a culture that focuses primarily on the self.

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  • Appreciate the worth and value of every student.
  • Empower students to live the Gospel daily in ways that develop capacity for moral and noble thinking and a responsibility for social justice and mercy.
  • Provide students with the opportunity to express their faith through worship, prayer, and service, as an essential part of the Catholic school experience.
  • Partner with parents and parishes to minister to the needs of students.
  • Meet each student's learning needs and motivate students to the pursuit of academic excellence.
  • Provide academic, physical, and spiritual challenges for each student and fully prepare them for further educational opportunities.
  • Support and encourage each student through academic counseling.
  • Strive to be a community representative of the demographics of the Catholic Diocese of Nashville.
  • Create an environment of personal development that encompasses the whole person, spiritually, intellectually, physically, and emotionally.
  • Provide opportunities in all arenas for leadership and service that will empower students and faculty to reach their fullest potential.
  • Provide a comprehensive program of extracurricular activities in art, clubs, music, sports, and service.
You Will Be Known. You Will Be Loved.