Baylor School

5.00 (4 reviews)
171 Baylor School Road
Chattanooga, TN 37405
Baylor was established in 1893 and has become one of the country's premier college-preparatory schools. Our beautiful 690-acre campus is located on the Tennessee River just five minutes from Chattanooga's vibrant downtown, and an easy two-hour drive from Atlanta, Nashville, and Birmingham. Find more informational videos here.
Baylor's mission is to foster in its students both the ability and the desire to make a positive difference in the world.
Dating back to 1916, Baylor`s Honor Code is the moral compass for our entire community. Students, faculty, and staff commit to acting with honesty and integrity.
Baylor's most recent graduating class earned scholarship offers exceeding $17 million. Receiving 217 acceptances, 193 students from the class of 2020 have enrolled at over 90 different colleges and universities around the world, including Brown, Cornell, UPenn, Dartmouth, The United States Air Force Academy, and 10 Public Ivies including a Morehead-Cain Scholar at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Baylor athletes are nationally recognized for excellence on the field and in the classroom, so it is not surprising that more than 100 Baylor graduates are competing for their college programs, many at highly selective schools like Stanford, Virginia, Harvard and Penn.
The Cartter Scholars Program awards scholarships ranging from partial to full tuition to new ninth and tenth grade Baylor boarding students each year. The scholars are automatically enrolled in Baylor's prestigious Harris-Stanford Honors Program, bringing them face-to-face with corporate executives, community leaders, and elected officials in order to hone their leadership and civic engagement skills.

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  • Class of 2017
    5 Stars  
    Cornell University
    All seniors have to develop and complete a capstone project that provides service for the community. Apart from that because of a strict honor code you can leave you most valuable possessions out in the. . .

  • Class of 2012
    5 Stars  
    Mercer University
    Baylor School helped me get to where I am today. Without the culture of success that Baylor produces, there is no way I would have been able to survive being a college athlete. It seems. . .

  • Class of 2012
    5 Stars  
    Yale University
    Baylor has a unique camaraderie among its students. I have witnessed family relationships between faculty and friends that will last forever. These people keep in touch with me, and I feel like my connections opened. . .
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Definition of Terms
 | 2021 School Data
Baylor SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)9-129-12
Grades Offered (Day)6-129-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded18931907
Campus Size690 acres125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment1083 students300 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score1214* National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile)1150 - 1420-
Average ACT score27*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeFormalCasual
Average Class Size14 students12
*National School Avg. » 18
Student : Teacher Ratio8:17:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered2218
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size$142.7 million$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Tuition international students$57,845$54,500
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$33,951
(Percent & average grant for boarding students only)
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo

Acceptance Rate

Application DeadlineNone / RollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Director of AdmissionsRyan Armstrong
Associate Director of AdmissionsVirginia Anne Manson

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered2218
Courses Algebra II w/Trig Honors, AP 3D Art, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Chinese , AP Computer Science, AP English Language, AP English Literature, AP Environmental Science, AP European History, AP French, AP German, AP Human Geography, AP Latin , AP Physics C, AP Spanish Language, AP Spanish Literature, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art, AP US History, AP World History, Biology Honors, Chemistry Honors, English I Honors, Geometry Honors, Honors Abstract Math, Physics Honors, Post-AP Chinese, Post-AP German, Post-AP Latin, Precalculus Honors


# Interscholastic Sports Offered2716
SportsBallet, Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cheering, Climbing, Crew, Cross Country, Dance, Diving, Fencing, Football, Golf, Kayaking, Lacrosse, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Winter Track, Wrestling


Total Extracurricular Organizations5823
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
ASL Club, Business Club, Chinese Club, Community Service, Cum Laude Society, Debate Club, Dorm Prefects, Economics Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Fishing Club, French Club, Gender Committee, German Club, Harris-Stanford Honors Program, Harvard Model Congress, Honor Council, Inner Circle, Knitting Club, Latin Club, Mechanics Club, Model UN, Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, Organic Gardening, Peer Support Network, Peer Tutoring, Photography Club, Politics Club, Quiz Bowl, RAP (Raiders Against Prejudice), Red Circle, RESPECT Board (Community Service leadership board), Robotics Team, Round Table, Spanish Club, Spirit Committee, STAT (Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow), Student Book Club, Student Council, Student Newspaper, Sustainability Club, Tech Crew, Weekend Warriors Community Service, Wyldlife, Young Life

Arts and Music Programs:
A Cappella Club, Band, Choir, Dance, Drama, Literary Journal, Orchestra, Theater, Yearbook

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Mountain Bike Club, Squash Club, Ultimate Frisbee, Walkabout Outdoors Program

College Matriculation

Year: 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • Few schools can match Baylor's boarding life. The beauty of the 690-acre riverfront campus, renovated dorm rooms and dining facilities, an extensive extracurricular program, expansive green spaces, a dedicated student activities staff, and a network of involved and caring dorm parents create a nurturing environment.
  • 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.
  • The school's mission, to foster in its students both the ability and the desire to make a positive difference in the world, is the thread that weaves through all of our academic experiences, starting with our leading programs. Global Scholars focuses on learning through an international lens, while in Civic Scholars, the emphasis is on civic engagement. Students in our Scientific Analysis and Research Program work directly with top research scientists to tackle global health issues.
  • Baylor's exchange program includes 10 schools in seven countries, giving students the opportunity to study abroad.  
  • Attending classes and living in dorms with peers who represent 16 different countries adds even more global perspectives.
  • Training students to think like scientists is the mission of Baylor's Scientific Analysis and Research Program, where students do college-level work in a molecular biology research lab and engineering research lab.Presented by the science department's advanced research program, the annual Science & Engineering Symposium features student abstracts and collegiate-level work. 
  • Baylor has led the way in experiential learning through the Walkabout outdoor program for more than 40 years, offering students backpacking trips on the Appalachian Trail, surfing in Panama, kayaking on the coast of South Carolina, and trekking through India.
  • Our afternoon curriculum includes athletics, robotics, engineering, community service, theater, dance, and Walkabout outdoor experiences,
  • Whether tutoring underserved children in Chattanooga, working in an Asheville homeless shelter, raising money for children in Jamaica to attend school, or traveling to Jamaica to serve impoverished families and the elderly, students involved in the after-school community service program volunteer roughly 12,000 hours collectively per year.
  • Built in 2018, the Scotty Probasco Academic Center is a $14 million, 33,852 square-foot space with flexible, tech-enhanced classrooms and multi-use collaboration spaces. It's home to most of Baylor`s Upper School English and history classes as well as a sunlit atrium that`s a favorite campus gathering spot.
  • The Weeks Science Building is supported with a $15 million endowment to ensure the most advanced program possible. In the words of one teacher, "It allows us to have all the best tools" for bringing scientific and engineering theories to life: robots, apps, scoping devices, wind tunnels, computer programs, and much more.
  • Baylor's campus is home to the Southeast's only freshwater research center: the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute.
  • In the Learning Center, located in the Scotty Probasco Academic Center, a student can work one-on-one with a trained tutor on math, English, history, foreign language, science, arts, organizational skills, effective study habits, and interpreting assignments.
  • "Extra Help" is a block of time offered three or four times a week to all students. Faculty meet with students during this time for individualized help according to the student's needs.
  • Every student is part of an academic adviser group that meets weekly. The adviser has three official roles: academic monitor, student advocate, and facilitator.
  • Baylor welcomes and respects all faiths. We believe that faith is central to every person`s life and that the study of religion is an essential part of a complete education. While the majority of Baylor's students and faculty are Christian, all major world religions are represented in the school. Students have opportunities both on campus and off to practice their faith.
  • Baylor's alumni office connects graduating seniors and college-age alumni with alumni for industry experiences through the Baylor Works intern pogram. Recent placements have included internships in education, finance, sports marketing, and non-profit management. Read about some of our notable alumni here.
  • Baylor School accreditations: SAIS-SACS, NAIS, TAIS
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Keith Mitchell '10 - One of four Baylor alumni on the PGA Tour, winner of the 2019 Honda Classic
    • Natalie Bracket '09 - Coordinator, Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE)
    • Tiffany Williams '07 - Founder, TILA Studios, a visual arts incubator for black women
    • Michelle Songy '04 - Tech entrepreneur, Director of Global Dining with Amex
    • Laurie Speed-Dalton '92 - Trial attorney and founder of The Speed Firm, PC
    • Tene Hamilton Franklin '91 - Facilitator with the Human Genome Project
    • Geoff Gaberino '84 - U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist in swimming
    • Jamey Wheless '82 - Designer and Animator for George Lucas Entertainment
    • Bill Dedman '78 - Pulitzer Prize winning journalist; NYT bestselling author of Hidden Mansions
    • Arthur Golden '74 - Author of the New York Times bestselling novel, Memoirs of a Geisha

Profile last updated: 07/02/2021

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