According to the National Association of Independent Schools, "students in coeducational settings learn better because they learn from both boys and girls. They are better critical thinkers and are more likely to be innovators in their professional lives."

"The case for coeducation might begin," notes education writer Pamela Haag, writing for The Washington Post, "as it does for single-sex education, with a mission. At its heart, 'coeducation' does not simply denote a mix of males and females. It denotes a philosophy about schooling, learning and equality."

At Father Ryan, we believe boys and girls learn better because they learn together. They succeed together. They lead together. 
Excelling in the Classroom
In the last nine years, half of our Valedictorians and Salutatorians have been girls and half have been boys. That includes graduates such as Rachel Knapp, our 2020 Valedictorian and Danny Farone, 2020's Salutorian. 

Rachel is attending the University of Notre Dame, where she is majoring in Mathematics, and Danny matriculated to Middle Tennessee State University, where he has been selected to be one of the first majors in the inaugural Data Science Program.
Leading on Campus
The co-leaders in 2020 of Father Ryan’s hugely-successful, record-breaking and student-run Relay for Life were Madison Ahern '20 and Danny Farone '20, who organized the event with a coeducational committee of classmates.

The fundraiser for the American Cancer Society raised more than $200,000 in 2020 alone, and perhaps more impressively, Father Ryan received the first ever Pat Flynn Relay for Life Award from the American Cancer Society. ACS representatives, including CEO Gary Reedy (pictured at right), visited Father Ryan to present Relay organizers with the award.

In addition to Relay for Life, students are leading together in a number of other on-campus initiatives, including Student Council, Peer Mentors, Student Ambassadors, and more.
Serving Others Together

Boys and girls at Father Ryan share the unique opportunity to serve others on a wide variety of service and mission trips and alternative spring breaks, coordinated through Campus Ministry. In addition, we are proud to have many partnerships throughout Nashville with charities and non-profits that aim to make our city a better place to live for all. The Special Olympics, Bethlehem Farms, Catholic Heart Work Camp, The Little Pantry that Could and Room in the Inn are just a few examples of the organizations we're humbled to work with. 

For the past 10 years, Father Ryan Students have been serving at Mepkin Abbey in South Carolina, where the Father Ryan contingent spends a week over spring break assisting the monks in making renovations to the property, as well as learning valuable life lessons and growing closer in their faith together.

Better Prepared for College
Our boys and girls are prepared for college, and receive assistance in the college process from our College Counseling Department beginning in the 9th grade. 100% of the class of 2020 was admitted to college.

For more information on their achievements and college plans please visit the Graduation 2020 webpage.