Boarding Schools Baylor School
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. 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. Graduates are admitted to colleges and universities nationwide, including Ivy League schools.
Baylor’s mission is to foster in its students both the ability and the desire to make a positive difference in the world. To help our students gain independence and responsibility, we set certain expectations from the very beginning. Each boy and girl who enrolls at Baylor School must sign, and live by, the Baylor Honor Code.
Innovative Curriculum. Exploring the world through coursework is one way to prepare students for living and working in the global society of the 21st Century. Using the iPad as a teaching and learning tool is another. But the iPad initiative is only one of many ways that Baylor has always found to be innovative within its traditional framework.
Experiential Day. A full day is set aside for the sophomore and junior classes to gather at Camp Vesper Point, a sprawling wooded camp located 40 minutes from Baylor’s campus. Students break into small groups and spend the morning and afternoon working together to complete a fast-paced schedule of activities designed to test group cooperation and problem-solving skills. Although the activities vary in degrees of difficulty, most students are challenged to step out of their comfort zone at some point in the day. Leadership Baylor faculty are also on hand throughout the day serving as facilitators.
Travel Opportunities. Since the first trip in 2001 to the Florence Academy in Italy, several groups of Baylor students have traveled abroad to study art and immerse themselves in other cultures as authentically as possible. In addition to painting each day under the instruction of a professional artist, the students live in a city or village, prepare many of their own meals with food purchased in local markets, navigate cobbled European streets on foot, and ride crowded public transportation systems—often for the first time.
Top colleges attended by students
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, University of Georgia, Auburn University, Vanderbilt University, University of South Carolina, Clemson University, University of Alabama, University of Mississippi, Sewanne: University of the South, University of Virginia
What the school looks for in students…
“Baylor seeks students who possess an ability to handle academic rigor, have English proficiency, and a breadth of interests in and out of the classroom.”