McCallie School

5.00 5 1 (3 reviews)
500 Dodds Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37404
McCallie School Photo #1 - McCallie's academic programs go beyond merely mastering the necessary material. They excel at teaching students to think. McCallie does not teach courses or subjects; McCallie teaches boys.
McCallie School Photo #2 - Through coordinate activities with our sister school GPS, we are able to provide students activities where "all-boys" and the "all-girls" schools can interact.
McCallie School Photo #3 - The 180,000 square-foot Sports & Activities Center is home to five basketball courts, a racquetball court, a climbing gym, a weight room, a 25yd x 25m swimming pool, a wrestling room, twenty-five indoor rowing machines, an indoor track, and a full-service athletic training room. The building also houses a student recreation area with ping-pong tables, pool tables, and an arcade.
McCallie School Photo #4 - At McCallie, we feel it is important to grow the whole boy. Our expert coaches and trainers utilize our state of the art facilities to help our young men be the best they can be physically.
McCallie School Photo #5 - McCallie believes that its ongoing Christian tradition builds a strong moral foundation and a sense of civic and social duty. By instilling respect for, and understanding of, other religions and faiths, McCallie supports the spiritual growth of all its students.
McCallie School Photo #6 - The College Counseling office works with our students to help them find the best college fit for them and to make sure they are best prepared for the application process and the financial aid process.
McCallie School Photo #7 - McCallie offers hundreds of weekend activities all year long, from intramural sports on campus to out-of-town trips to concerts, sporting events, and outdoor activities. No matter what you're interested in, McCallie has an activity to match it.
"One of the premier boys 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, 14 competitive varsity sports, and 39 different intramural tournaments...".

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  • Class of 2018
    5 Stars  
    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 Stars  
    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 Stars  
    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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Definition of Terms
 | 2020 School Data
McCallie SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)9-12, PG9-12
Grades Offered (Day)6-12, PG9-12
School TypeAll-boysCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denom. / ChristianNon-denominational
Year Founded19051907
Campus Size160 acres125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment932 students306 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Scoren/a* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score26*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Dress shirt and tie (Mon-Thur). School Polo (Fri))
Average Class Size13 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Student : Teacher Ratio8:17:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1918
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes


Endowment Size$100 million$23 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Tuition international students$61,190$53,975
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$17,658$25,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo


Application DeadlineNone / RollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Average Percentile SSAT66%-
Director of AdmissionsJim Daughdrill
Associate Director of AdmissionsHank Bramblet

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses


# Interscholastic Sports Offered2316
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cheering, Climbing, Crew, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Diving, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Squash, Swimming, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Wrestling


Total Extracurricular Organizations6624
ExtracurricularsAlpha Sigma Mu (Science Club), Amnesty International Club, Associated Student Body, Cadet Council, Christian Action Movement, ComedySportz, Crack Squad, Cultural Extravaganza, Egerian, French Club, Future Leaders of America, Gaming Club, Gender Issues, Gold Key Club, Griffey Mascot Squad, Guitar Club, Honors Band, Israeli and Middle Eastern Issues, Judicial Board, La Vanguardia (Spanish Club), Lets watch Friends Club, Lifers Club, Middle School Government, Modern International Issues, Mu Alpha Theta (Honors Math Club), National Forensics League, National Junior Classical League, Outdoor Club, Pennant (Yearbook), Petition Club, Photography Club, Prom, Resident Advisors, Resident Council, Saltatrix Dance Company, Science Bowl, Senate, Sextet - Senior a capella group, Shady Side News, Skeet Club, Social Justice Day, Spanish Club, SPIRITUALS, SROTC Competition Team, Stock Market, Student Ambassadords, Student Council, Student Vestry, TEPS, The International Club, Ultimate Frisbee, Veritas Shield, Vertical Rescue, Video Yearbook, Volunteer, Weight Lifting, World Affairs and Investment Club, Young Republicans

Club or Organization:
Hackey Sack Club, Individual Music Instruction, Olson Fan Club, Science Olympiad, Simpson Club, Young Writers Society

Arts and Music Programs:
Color Gaurd, Middle School Mathletes

College Matriculation

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

School Notes

    One of the premier boys 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, 14 competitive varsity sports, and 39 different intramural tournaments.The McCallie School'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. It seeks to inspire and motivate them:
  • To pursue excellence and take pride in one''s work and achievements
  • To lead lives of personal honor
  • To be responsible in family and personal relationships
  • To manifest concern for the welfare of others.
  • The McCallie Honors Scholarship brings to secondary education the prestigious merit-based scholarship traditions that have graced our finest Southern universities. 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 - all attract the most exceptional students from around the country to the Southeast. These outstanding students enrich the universities they attend, helping ensure the continuity of excellence within these schools. In the same way, the McCallie Honors Scholars enhance McCallie's tradition of excellence. A McCallie Honors Scholar will be an outstanding young man in several respects. His academic excellence will be demonstrated through both his academic record as well as his standardized test scores. He will exhibit exceptional leadership potential. And he will possess truly extraordinary character. Scholarship, leadership, and integrity - these are the defining characteristics of the McCallie Honors Scholar. In recent years, approximately 150 boys have been nominated annually for Honors 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, Honors Scholarship finalists are invited back to campus in late February to participate in Honors 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: SACS, NAIS, Member School of TABS and NAIS
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Ted Turner '56 - CNN Founder
    • Howard Baker '43 - Former Senate Majority Leader, White House Chief of Staff, and Ambassador to Japan
    • Jon Meacham '87 - Editor of Newsweek and best-selling author
    • Bill Brock '49 - Former Senator and Secretary of Labor
    • James Killian '21 - Former President of MIT
    • Ralph McGill '17 - Pulitzer Prize winning editor of the Atlanta Constitution
    • Zach Wamp '76 - Current member of the House of Representatives
    • Carroll Campbell '58 - Former Governor of South Carolina
    • John M. Belk '39 - President of Belk Department Stores Inc.
    • Olin Mills II '48 - Chairman of the Board, Olan Mills Inc.

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