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4-H Pizza Party

Congratulations and great job to Ms. Debbie’s room for winning a 4-H pizza party! This class had the most participation for 4-H club activities and contests of all private school clubs.


Fayette Academy Announces New Soccer Coach

Fayette Academy is pleased to announce Coach Terry Greene as our new varsity boys’ and girls’ soccer coach. Coach Greene is a native Memphian. He played college soccer and also played overseas for the Wiesbaden Fliers in Wiesbaden, Germany while in the military. He retired with 24 years of military service, 12 years of active service, and 12 years of reserve duty. Coach Greene is a Vietnam combat veteran and served with a Fleet Hospital Unit during Desert Storm. After teaching high school economics, world geography, and coaching high school boys’ and girls’ soccer in Shelby County Schools, Memphis City Schools, and Louisiana Schools, he retired after 25 years of service. Coach Greene has coached over 600 soccer games. Coach Greene plans on developing a competitive, well-respected soccer program at Fayette Academy.

Fayette Academy Names Rodney Patterson as Head Baseball Coach

Fayette Academy is pleased to announce Coach Rodney Patterson as the new varsity baseball coach for the 2017 – 2018 school year. Coach Patterson’s 30 years of teaching and coaching experience makes him an asset both in the classroom and on the field. Coach Patterson served as the head baseball coach at Munford High School where his team was ranked 8th in the nation by USA Today. Coach Patterson also served as the head coach for several years at Bartlett High School before joining Arlington High School as the head junior varsity coach where he has served for the last ten years. Coach Patterson completed his graduate degree at the University of Memphis after earning his undergraduate degree in education from the University of Tennessee at Martin. We are excited to have Coach Patterson join the Fayette Academy family!

ACT 30+ Club Announced at Fayette Academy

Fayette Academy recently announced the names of those students who achieved a composite score of 30+ on the ACT, students with a sub group score of 30 or above,  and students who scored a perfect sub group score of 36.

Congratulations to each of these students.



30+ Composite score

Hanah Walker, J Grant, Brinley Tapp, Jordan Grant, Scott Morris, Max Phillips and Jon Dwyer


Perfect score of 36 on English subgroup Max Phillips and Hanah Walker


Front: Caroline Rinks, Whitney Ellis, Amber Hilliard, NeNe Lyons
Back: Sam Thornton, Haley Grace Moffatt, Kendal Walker, and Luke Reeves


Fayette Academy Hosts First Annual College Signing Day

Fayette Academy hosted a College Signing Day to celebrate the senior class of 2017 making the important decision to enroll in college and pursue their dreams. College Signing Day allowed each senior to publicly proclaim and celebrate their postsecondary plans. Admissions counselors from The University of Memphis, the University of Tennessee Knoxville, Southwest Tennessee Community College, Christian Brothers University, Tennessee Technological University, Mississippi State University, and Arkansas State University were in attendance for the event. The Class of 2017 was accepted to twenty-seven universities and colleges across seven states and two countries. They accepted over a quarter of a million dollars in merit-based scholarships. Fifty students have committed to attending postsecondary education and one will enlist in the military. We are extremely proud of our senior class for taking this next big step for their future.

MS 2017 UTK 2017

UM1 2017 UM2 2017

By: Taylor Smith. Counselor

Science Makes Ice Cream the 4-H Way

4H Ice Cream 2017

Fayette Academy 4th and 5th graders made ice cream with Martha Shaeffer, 4-H Program Assistant with the UT Extension Agency.  All the students enjoyed making and eating the ice cream.


Fayette Academy Middle School Art Students Welcome Guest Artist

Mrs. Laura Walker’s Middle school art students were introduced to a fascinating art form called The Zentangle Method.  Certified Zentangle teacher, Mr. Nysha Oren Nelson showed students the basic steps, vocabulary, and the tools to use.   The method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. It is an art form that almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images.  It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being.  Each student followed along with Mr. Nelson by creating Zentangle tiles of their own as they learned the method.

2017 Middle School Guest

Students work as they listen to instruction by Mr. Nysha Oren Nelson explaining The Zentangle Method.


Fayette Academy Places in TMTA Math Competition

At the annual TMTA high school mathematics competition at Freed Hardeman University in Henderson, TN, Fayette Academy had a good day and placed in several categories. In Algebra 1, they were the third place team; in PreCalculus, they tied for second place team; Hanah Walker won individual third place; and in Calculus, they were second place team.

Several students that placed in the top ten were Bowman Weatherly 10th place,  Elizabeth Rhea 9th, and Isabelle Johnson, 8th for Algebra 1.

In PreCalculus Austin Creech placed 8th and Hanah Walker 3rd.  Tess Hilliard placed 10th , Gabriel Threet placed 9th, and  Caleb Weatherly placed 5th in Calculus

Calculus: Tess Hilliard 10th, Gabriel Threet 9th, Caleb Weatherly 5th.

TMTA Math Competition 2017

Front L-R:  Jacob Cronogue, Addison Bray, Jon Dwyer, Neenee Lyons, Isabelle Johnson, Austin Creech. Second row L-R:  Gabriel Threet, Alex Wadley, Jill Grant, Halle Jordan, Maddie Bell. Third row L-R: Caleb Weatherly, Melody Dawkins, Lauren Anderson. Fourth row L-R: Dunstan Ashe, Caroline Rinks, Hanah Walker, Lizzie Rhea, Tess Hilliard. Fifth row L-R: Mark Montague, Dylan McLure, Casey Melton, Bowman Weatherly, Luke Moore, Hayden Webber.

Melissa Norwood and Jane Mitchell are the sponsors for the math competitions.


Fayette Academy announces that CATS, one of the biggest hits in theatrical history, will be performed at the Viking Center this spring.

Based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the musical is set in a huge junkyard and comes to life with several feline friends, including Rum Tum Tugger, Mr. Mistoffelees, Macavity, Jennyanydots, Old Deuteronomy, and Grizabella. All the Jellicle cats gather for a special night each year – the night of the Jellicle Ball. The cats tell their stories to Old Deuteronomy in hopes that he will choose one of them to ascend to the Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a new Jellicle life.

Matinee preview performance will be April 1, 2017, at 1:00, with an official opening set for April 7, 2017, at 7:00. Additional performances are April 8, 2017, at 7:00 and April 9, 2017, at 2:30.


Cats 2017


Cats Crew

For additional information, please contact Angelia Johnson at

Fayette Academy Named as One of the Mid-South’s Top Student Groups for ACT Scores

Fayette Academy, a college preparatory school in Somerville, Tennessee, is honored to be recognized by the Memphis Business Journal (MBJ) as the 11th top performing school for ACT composite scores among hundreds of private, parochial, and public schools in the Mid-South region.

“We are very proud of all of our students, and we applaud their effort and this wonderful accomplishment,” noted Head of School Courtney Burnette. “Our students are working hard to reach their goals. We are committed to doing all we can to make sure all of our students are fully prepared for college and the workforce.”

The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests including English, mathematics, reading, and science. The ACT also includes an optional writing component. ACT results are accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the United States. The ACT includes 215 multiple choice questions and takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete. The ACT is administered on six test dates within the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada.

Presently, Fayette Academy offers three ACT preparatory classes for students on a daily basis. The curriculum includes a focus on English, mathematics, reading, science, writing, and test-taking skills.