Baylor School

171 Baylor School Road
Chattanooga, TN 37405
Tel: 423-267-5902
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12 | 1049 students
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One of the country's most premier college-preparatory schools, Baylor’s beautiful 670-acre campus is located on the Tennessee River and only five minutes from downtown Chattanooga.
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Students enjoy the benefits that come from small classes, a unique leadership program and innovative curriculum, an exceptional faculty, vast extracurricular choices, and competing on nationally recognized athletic teams.
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Graduates are admitted to colleges and universities nationwide, including Ivy League schools (the most recent class was offered more than $9.5 million in scholarships).

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2014 School Data
Baylor School Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding) 9-12 7-12
Grades Offered (Day) 6-12 7-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support No No
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1893 1909
Campus Size 680 acres 124 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 1049 students 295 students
% Students of Color 12% 19%
% International Students 12% 20%
% Students Boarding 20% 68%
SAT range (25th-75th percentile) 1510 - 1950 -
Offers Post-Grad Year No No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Formal Casual
Average Class Size 14 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:8 1:7
# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 19 16
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 80% 67%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Endowment Size $90 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$41,926 $48,500
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$20,585 $27,675
% Students on Financial Aid 31% 35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $22,000 $20,630
Merit Scholarships Offered Yes No


Application Deadline None / Rolling Jan. 15
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Director of AdmissionsJim Kennedy
Associate Director of AdmissionsVirginia Anne Manson


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 18 14
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cheering, Crew, Cross Country, Diving, Fencing, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Wrestling


Total Extracurricular Organizations 59 24
ExtracurricularsAnime, Baylor International Student Association, Baylor Players, Biblical Theology Study Group, C.P.I.C. (Committee to Promote an Inclusive Community), Chapel Advisory Committee, Community Service, Computer Club, Concert Band, Concert Dance, Cum Laude Society, Dorm Council, E.U.R.O. Club, Earth Advocates, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Film Making Club, French Club, German Club, Habitat for Humanity, Harambee, Healthy Communities / Healthy Youth Study Group, High Energy, Honor Council, Inner Circle, Jazz Band,

College Matriculation

Year: 2002-2005 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
University of Tennessee, Knoxville 105
University of Georgia 54
Auburn University 34
Vanderbilt University 23
University of South Carolina 21
Clemson University 20
University of Alabama 17
University of Mississippi 17
Sewanne: University of the South 16
University of Virginia 11
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School Notes:

  • One of the premier college preparatory schools in the country, Baylor School's mission is to instill in its students the desire and the ability to make a positive difference in the world.
  • One of the fundamental aspects of the Baylor experience is the Honor System, an understanding among the students that they do not want among them anyone who will lie, cheat, or falsify information. In signing the Honor Code, each student acknowledges that, "I understand this principle, and recognize that I shall be expected to live in accordance with it." The original version of this code was adopted by the student body in May 1916, and has been unanimously approved by the student body.
  • Baylor is a coeducational school, reflecting the school's belief that teenage students benefit from a coed learning environment. At Baylor, as in the world, young men and women occupy leadership positions and participate fully in the life of the school.
  • Demanding academic courses are the heart of Baylor's program. We offer an average of 20 AP courses each year covering all disciplines, an extensive weekend activity program, 17 interscholastic sports programs, and small classes. In addition, our curriculum includes expectations for community service, outdoor experiences, and fine arts--programs that teach self-assurance and self-esteem.
  • Baylor's Distinquished Scholars Program was established to attract students from around the world who are among the best and the brightest. Based solely on merit, the program rewards selected 9th grade boarding students with full or partial tuition, room and board.
  • Few schools can match Baylor's boarding life. The beauty of the 670 acre campus, newly renovated dorm rooms, outstanding dining facilities, an extensive extracurricular program, and a network of involved and caring dormitory faculty and parents create a nurturing environment.
  • The Leadership Baylor Program was launched in 2005 and Bill Curry was hired the following year as the program’s Executive Director. In his role, Curry is responsible for working with faculty, staff, and students in developing and enhancing a program that has become a major part of the Baylor learning experience. The goal of the Leadership Baylor program is to reach out to all of our students and help them discover and develop their unique leadership skills.
  • School accreditations: SACS
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Stephanie Allen '92 - Visual Effects and Animation Executive, Deals include
    • Arthur Golden '74 - Author, Memoirs of a Geisha
    • William Duff '45 - FBI Counterintelligence Specialist and Author of
    • Tene Hamilton Franklin '91 - Facilitator, Human Genome Project
    • Thomas Jolly '73 - Editor, New York Times
    • Sandlin Mattice, Jr. '72 - Federal Judge
    • James Wheless '82 - Designer and Animator for George Lucas
    • David Lowance '53 - Professor, Emory University, Transplant Specialist
    • John Johnson '57 - Senior VP, Oceaneering International
    • Laurel Creech '92 - Environmental Activist, Nashville Disc Jockey

Nearby Schools:

The nearest boarding school is McCallie School (5.9 miles away)
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  • Chattanooga, TNMcCallie School
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    ChattanoogaTN 37404
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  • McDonald, TNBachman Academy
    414 Brymer Creek Rd
    McDonaldTN 37353
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  • Sewanee, TNSt. Andrew's-Sewanee School
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  • Rome, GADarlington School
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