The Webb School

319 Webb Road East
Bell Buckle, TN 37020
Tel: 888-733-9322
Gr: (Boarding) 7-12 | 300 students
The Webb School, guided by our core values of honor, integrity and civility, motivates young men and women to fulfill their promise.
Our community of 300 students in grades 6-12 is small by design, creating lifelong connections while fostering greater involvement and individual growth.
 A mindful, global education is built into the very fabric of the student body and reflects a continuing commitment to graduating active citizens of the world. To put it simply, it’s cool to be smart at Webb.
We develop confident, creative, and critical thinkers one question at a time.
Webb offers 20 AP courses along with other very challenging classes as well an academic support program for students with mild learning differences.  Webb truly breaks the mold with our Emerging Voices Program, which fosters our students’ public speaking and written skills while developing passions.
 The Webb School’s beautiful 150-acre campus is located 50 minutes south of Nashville in historic Bell Buckle.
This safe and intimate setting promotes a focus on personal values and intellectual growth – creating a refuge from societal pressures and distractions.  An extensive network of extracurricular programs accord students the opportunity to try new activities and develop new passions.  A thriving outdoor program, complete with backpacking, rafting, and rock climbing encourages our students to develop leadership skills while enjoying the natural surroundings.   

The hallmark of a Webb education is our emphasis on honor and personal integrity.  Our historic honor code, the inspiration for the well-known honor code at Princeton, is the framework in which students grow into Webb ladies and gentlemen.  This has the lifeblood of Webb throughout our 144 year history, and our students take pride in upholding this tradition. 

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Definition of Terms 
2014 School Data
The Webb School Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding) 7-12 7-12
Grades Offered (Day) 6-12 7-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support Yes Yes
Supports Learning Differences (LD) Yes Yes
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1870 1909
Campus Size 150 acres 124 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 300 students 295 students
% Students of Color 14% 19%
% International Students 15% 20%
% Students Boarding 48% 68%
Average SAT Score 1857 * National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile) 1690 - 2020 -
Average ACT score 27 *National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad Year No No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Formal Casual
Average Class Size 10 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:6 1:7
# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 20 16
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 74% 67%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Endowment Size $24 million $15 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
(Additional fee for ESL students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$18,100 $27,240
% Students on Financial Aid 46% 35%
Merit Scholarships Offered Yes No


Application Deadline Feb. 16 / rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Acceptance Rate 46% 58%
Director of Admissions Julie Harris  
Associate Director of Admissions Teal Lynch  

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 20 16
AP Biology AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC AP Chemistry
AP English III AP English IV
AP Environmental Science AP Government and Politics
AP Latin AP Macroeconomics
AP Microeconomics AP Modern European History
AP Physics (Electromagnetism) AP Physics (Mechanics)
AP Physics I AP Statistics
AP Studio Art: 2D Design AP Studio Art: Drawing
AP U.S. History AP World History


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 13 13
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Indoor Soccer, Lacrosse, Riflery, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations 52 24
Extracurriculars FOCUS (Fellowship of Christians in Universities and Schools), Bible Club, Bicycle Club, Blue Grass/Fiddle Club, Book Club, Chess, Chinese Club, Choir, Cooking Club, Debate Club, Diversity Club, Dorm Council, Engineering Club, Feet to Feet, Film Club, Fishing, French Club, Gardening Club, Green Feet, Guitar Club, Honor Council, Interact (community service), International Thespian Club, Math Counts, Math League,

College Matriculation

Year: 2009-2014 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
University of Tennessee - Chattanooga 23
University of Tennessee- Knoxville 22
Middle Tennessee State University 15
Berry College 13
Sewanee/Tennessee Tech 8
Vanderbilt/ University of Alabama 7
Belmont/Lipscomb University 6
Davidson College/Penn State University 5
Emory/Georgetown University/Hendrix College/New York University 4
Wake Forest/Georgia Tech 3

School Notes:

  • The Webb Difference

    Honor and Character:  The hallmark of a Webb education is our emphasis on honor and personal integrity.  Our 144 year old Honor Code, the inspiration for the Honor Code at Princeton, is the framework in which students grow into principled young adults.  Our students take pride in upholding this tradition by signing the pledge book each year and electing members of a student-led Honor Council.

    Emerging Voices Program: Writing across the curriculum and public speaking are major emphases at The Webb School.  Through our Emerging Voices Program, students learn to create original ideas, assemble a body of research, and communicate those ideas effectively through writing and public speaking.  Students showcase their skills each year by performing declamations, orations, performance creations and senior paper presentations.  These exhibitions are developed and completed under the mentorship of the students' advisors and other members of the community. Our goal is to create confident contributors in the classroom and beyond.

    Outdoor Program:  Webb’s Outerlimits and Wilderness Instruction and Leadership Development (WILD) programs combine the classroom with the outdoors.  Our 150-acre campus is thriving with the spirit of a well-rounded education.  Students develop leadership skills and confidence as they navigate our high ropes course and lead trips into the surrounding area.  Rock climbing, caving, backpacking, kayaking, and rafting are just some of the activities students can master during their tenure at Webb.

    Global Education:  A mindful, global education is built into the very fabric of the curriculum at The Webb School and reflects a continuing commitment to graduating active citizens of the world.  Students from 13 different countries and 15 different states endow Webb with a unique and diverse community.  Each class, each activity, and each meal is an opportunity for students to authentically connect with each other and expand their viewpoint.  With a legacy of service and graduates who are active in the global marketplace, Webb impacts the world.

    Personalized Education: Webb’s flexible curriculum and small class sizes challenge students as individuals, allowing them to exceed their expectations. With a 6:1 student to teacher ratio, and an average class size of 10, students are encouraged to engage actively in their classes, sharing their opinions on material with teachers and students.  Advisors, teachers, coaches, and dorm parents take a personal interest in students, providing an education that is both rigorous and 
  • LD types supported: Mild cases of Dyslexia, ADD & ADHD
  • School accreditations: SACS, TABS, NAIS, SAIS
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Vermont Royster - Editor of The Wall Street Journal, winner of two Pulitzer Prizes and the Presidential Medal of Freedom
    • Charles Alexander - International Editor for TIME Magazine
    • Fielding Lewis Wright - Governor of Mississippi
    • Lewis Branscomb - President of Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government
    • Ingram Macklin Stainback - First Governor of Hawaii
    • Prentice Cooper - Governor of Tennessee
    • Frank Constatine - Chief of Opthamalic surgery at the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital
    • Edwin Davis - Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission
    • Edward W. Carmack - U.S. Senator
    • Wayne Rogers - Movie and Television actor, portrayed Trapper John on M*A*S*H TV series; investment analyst for FOX News network

Nearby Schools:

The nearest boarding school is St. Andrew's-Sewanee School (36.3 miles away)
  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • SewaneeSt. Andrew's-Sewanee School
    290 Quintard Rd.
    SewaneeTN 37375
    36.3 mi | 249 students | Gr. 6-12
  • ChattanoogaBaylor School
    171 Baylor School Road
    ChattanoogaTN 37405
    66.7 mi | 1049 students | Gr. 6-12
  • ChattanoogaMcCallie School
    500 Dodds Avenue
    ChattanoogaTN 37404
    72.4 mi | 667 students | Gr. 6-12
  • McDonaldBachman Academy
    414 Brymer Creek Rd
    McDonaldTN 37353
    85 mi | 33 students | Gr. 6-12
  • CullmanSt. Bernard Preparatory School
    1600 St. Bernard Drive, S.E.
    CullmanAL 35055
    101 mi | 183 students | Gr. 7-12
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