McCallie School

500 Dodds Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37404
"One of the premier boy's schools in the nation, McCallie has provided rigorous college preparation in a Christian context since 1905.
McCallie is an achievement-oriented community that encourages boys to strive toward academic excellence and commit to a student-administered honor system.
McCallie offers a coordinate program with Girls Preparatory School, AP courses in all disciplines, an extensive weekend activities program, 17 competitive varsity sports, and 39 different intramural tournaments...".

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12, PG
  • Enrollment: 977 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $64,220
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $33,380
  • Acceptance rate: 55%
  • Average class size: 14 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

McCallie School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 288 schools) for:

Category
Attribute

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2023 School Data
McCallie School
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
9-12, PG
8-12
Grades Offered (Day)
6-12, PG
PK-12
School Type
Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Religious Affiliation
Non-denominational
Year Founded
1905
1906
Campus Size
140 acres
126 acres

Student Body

Enrollment
977 students
320 students
% Students of Color
23%
25%
% International Students
18%
20%
% Students Boarding
34%
67%
Average SAT Score
1270
(Out of 1600)
* National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile)
1180 - 1370
-
Average ACT score
27
(Out of 36)
*National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year
Yes
No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
No
No
Classroom Dress Code
Formal
Dress shirt and tie (Mon-Thur); School Polo (Fri)
Casual
Average Class Size
14 students
12
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
8:1
7:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
18
17
ESL Courses Offered
No
Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
88%
71%
Summer Program Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size
$155 million
$28 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$64,220
(The total includes a $500 Facility Fee.)
$64,800
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$33,380
(The total includes a $500 Facility Fee.)
$35,000
Tuition international students
$69,970
$55,985
% Students on Financial Aid
44%
40%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant
$20,600
$24,000
Merit Scholarships Offered
No

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
Feb. 1 / rolling
Jan. 15
Average Percentile SSAT
66%
-
Acceptance Rate
55%
60%
Director of Admissions
Hank Bramblet

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
18
17
Courses
AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Chinese Language and Culture, AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP European History, AP Latin, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Statistics, AP United States History, AP World History

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations
88
24
Extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Amnesty International Club, Chess Club, Community Service Related Club(s), Debate Club, Diversity Club, Dorm Proctors, Environmental Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), FIRST Robotics, Foreign Language Related Club(s), Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Gay/Straight Alliance, Habitat for Humanity, Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA), Honor Council, iMAT (Integrated Music, Art, and Technology), Investment Club, Literary Magazine, Math/Science Club, Mock Trial, Model United Nations (Model UN), National Honor Society, Newspaper, Outdoor Club, Peer Tutoring, Pennant (Yearbook), Pep Club (SPIRITUALS), Prom Committee, Quiz Bowl, Resident Advisors, Robotics, Robotics Club, Science Bowl, Science Olympiad, Scouting, Senate, Spanish Club, Sports Marketing, Student Activities, Student Ambassadors, Student Broadcasters, Student Council, Student Government, Student Publications, Student Vestry, TEPS, The International Club, Volunteer, Young Democrats, Young Libertarians, Young Republicans, Young Writers Society

Arts and Music Programs:
A Cappella Group, Art Club, Band, Brass Ensemble, Chamber Choir, Chamber Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, Choral Music, Digital Photography, Drama Club, Film Studies, Filmmaking/Videography, Glee Club, Guitar Ensemble, Individual Music Instruction, Jazz Ensemble, Pep Band, Photography, Pottery, String Ensemble, Tech Crew, Theater

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Basketball, Canoeing, Cheerleading Club, Dodgeball, Hiking, Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Skateboarding Club, Spikeball, Swimming, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Weight Lifting

College Matriculation

Year:
10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)

School Notes

  • One of the premier boys schools in the nation, McCallie has provided rigorous college and life preparation in a Christian context since 1905. McCallie is an achievement-oriented community that encourages boys to strive toward academic excellence and commit to a student-administered honor system. McCallie offers a coordinate program with Girls Preparatory School, AP courses in all disciplines, an extensive weekend activities program, 17 competitive varsity sports, and 39 different intramural tournaments.
  • McCallie's mission is to prepare its students for college and for life. The school is dedicated to the academic, physical, spiritual, and emotional growth of boys.
  • The McCallie Michaels-Dickson Scholarship brings to secondary education the prestigious merit-based scholarship traditions that have graced the finest Southern universities. Like the Morehead Scholarship at the University of North Carolina, the Jefferson Scholarship at the University of Virginia, and the A.B. Duke Scholarship at Duke University, the Michaels-Dickson Scholarship attracts exceptional students from around the country to McCallie. These scholarship recipients are outstanding young men in several respects. Their academic excellence is demonstrated through both academic record as well as standardized test scores. They exhibit exceptional leadership potential and possess truly extraordinary character. Scholarship, leadership, and integrity are the defining characteristics of the McCallie Michaels-Dickson Scholar. In recent years, approximately 150 boys have been nominated annually for the Michaels-Dickson scholarships. All are required to visit campus during a Visitor's Day program or for an individually scheduled visit during which they meet current McCallie students and staff, tour campus, and complete an admission interview. From the group of nominees, finalists are invited back to campus in late February to participate in the Michaels-Dickson Scholarship Weekend during which final award levels are determined. Scholarships may consist of merit, financial aid, or both. Levels range from partial to full tuition, room, and board.
  • McCallie School accreditations: National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS); The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS); Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS); Tennessee Association of Independent Schools (TAIS); Independent Boys' Schools Coalition (IBSC); Enrollment Management Association (EMA); Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA)
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Jon Meacham ‘87 - Editor of Newsweek and best-selling author
    • Zach Wamp ‘76 - Current member of the House of Representatives
    • Carroll Campbell ‘58 - Former Governor of South Carolina
    • Ted Turner ‘56 - CNN Founder
    • Billy Dunavant ‘50 - Chairman of the Board of Dunavant Enterprises, Inc.
    • Bill Brock ‘49 - Former Senator and Secretary of Labor
    • Pat Robertson ‘46 - Founder and Chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) and host of The 700 Club
    • Olan Mills, II ‘48 - Chairman of the Board of Olan Mills, Inc.
    • Howard Baker ‘43 - Former Senate Majority Leader, White House Chief of Staff, and Ambassador to Japan
    • John M. Belk ‘39 - President of Belk Department Stores, Inc.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does McCallie School cost?
McCallie School's tuition is approximately $64,220 for boarding students and $33,380 for day students.
What is the acceptance rate of McCallie School?
The acceptance rate of McCallie School is 55%, which is lower than the boarding school average of 60%.
Who are famous alumni from McCallie School?
McCallie School famous alumni include: Jon Meacham ‘87, Zach Wamp ‘76, Carroll Campbell ‘58, Ted Turner ‘56, Billy Dunavant ‘50, Bill Brock ‘49, Pat Robertson ‘46, Olan Mills, II ‘48, Howard Baker ‘43 and John M. Belk ‘39.
What sports does McCallie School offer?
McCallie School offers 17 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Crew, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Squash, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee and Wrestling.
Does McCallie School offer a summer program?
Yes, McCallie School offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What is McCallie School's ranking?
McCallie School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools for Large student body (number of students) and Most extracurriculars offered.
When is the application deadline for McCallie School?
The application deadline for McCallie School is Feb. 1 / rolling (applications are due on Feb. 1 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

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Review
Description

Class of 2018
5.00
Bowdoin College/ Wheaton College (IL)
When the McCallie school says they, "Inspire boys, and build men" they truly mean this. Even better though, McCallie does this in a way that is specifically tailored to how boys develop and learn. Before. . .

Class of 2005
5.00
Davidson College
McCallie is unquestionably one of the finest boarding schools in the nation. It prepares its students to achieve excellence in every arena. Three things in particular distinguish McCallie from other schools.The first thing that. . .

Class of 2003
5.00
University of Virginia
As an all-male school with a focus on building up men of character, McCallie offered me an unmatchable experience. In a single sex environment, my classmates and I did not feel constrained by a. . .
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12, PG
  • Enrollment: 977 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $64,220
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $33,380
  • Acceptance rate: 55%
  • Average class size: 14 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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