Why Choose Father Ryan High School?

You’re considering where to spend an important four years in your life, so the natural question is which school is right for me? Why choose Father Ryan?

For more than 90 years, Father Ryan High School has focused on the values that so many seek in a quality education: superior academic results; faith formation and the building of character; and a safe, caring community where your child is accepted, respected and, as we like to say, known and loved. We take pride in developing our students into well-rounded individuals with the skills to achieve greatness in their futures. From the arts and athletics to service and more, learning is not kept in the confines of the classroom; it extends across our campus, our community, and the world.

Why Father Ryan?

  • KNOWLEDGE: With 160 courses across five academic levels - including 26 Advanced Placement courses - you will find the classes and subjects that challenge you to succeed, taught by a committed faculty, 65% of whom hold advanced degrees.
  • COLLEGE OPPORTUNITIES: Last year's seniors earned more than $30 million in scholarships, with acceptances to Harvard, University of Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, Georgetown, Purdue and one appointment to the highly competitive military academy. The same opportunities are yours.
  • CATHOLIC EDUCATION: At Father Ryan, you will be known and loved as you become a living example of the Gospel. But did you know that as a Catholic school student, you'll also demonstrate higher academic achievement than your public school peers from similar backgrounds, and enjoy higher earning potential than public school graduates?
  • ALUMNI SUCCESS: This is home to alumni such as the founder of America's First Amendment Center, the head of Thoracic Surgery at St. Thomas, the Chief Legal Counsel of the NFL, the Chief Investment Officer at Morgan Stanley, and the founder of the Tennessee Justice League.
  • LEGACY: We are a national leader in service programs focused on Workers' Rights and Civil Rights, each building on our long legacy of Social Justice.

Why Catholic Education?

The benefits of a Catholic education make a difference throughout your life. Look at these five powerful facts.
  • Six current U.S. Supreme Court Justices are products of Catholic schools.
  • Students in Catholic schools demonstrate higher academic achievement than their public school peers from similar backgrounds.
  • Catholic school graduates enjoy higher earning potential than public school graduates.
  • In Catholic schools, student math scores improve between sophomore and senior years.
  • The Catholic school climate, mission and purpose positively impact student achievement and attendance.

Gary and Sandy Guidry, parents of Kathleen '13 and Conner '17

"Prepared – That’s how Father Ryan has impacted both of my children’s lives. Prepared from a spiritual perspective. Prepared from a college preparation perspective. And lastly, prepared from the perspective of being a well-rounded community citizen, ready to succeed and take on life’s challenges."
Start opening doors to become a part of Father Ryan’s unique tradition of Faith, Knowledge and Service. It’s a tradition that means...
  • You are taught and encouraged to be living examples of the Gospel in the way you live your life.
  • Our faculty will prepare you to achieve, no matter your academic level. Our 100% college acceptance rate confirms that ALL of our students are prepared for the next level. And our alumni’s achievements demonstrate that the preparation is lasting.
  • You will have the opportunity to make a difference …here, across the country and around the world.

Start Opening Doors.