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For the latest on all things about Baylor, just follow us on Facebook and Twitter! But here's an overview: Since 1893, Baylor has been one the south's premier college-preparatory schools. Our beautiful 690-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 nationally recognized athletic teams. Graduates are admitted to colleges and universities nationwide, including Ivy League schools (the most recent class was offered more than $14 million in scholarships).
171 Baylor School RoadChattanooga, Tennessee, USA
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Summary: The teaching faculty consist of 80 men and 52 women holding 79 advanced degrees, including 16 doctorates and 3 JDs. As part of Baylor's important advisery program, teachers also serve as advisers, regularly interacting closely with students in all aspects of their school life.
Department Director: Shaw Wilson
Average Class Size: 15
Full Time Teachers: 134
Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 70.00%
Student/Teacher Ratio: 8/1
Summer Programs Offered: Offered
Number of AP Courses Offered: 22
Summary: The beauty of Baylor's campus, outstanding facilities, an extensive extracurricular program, and a network of involved and caring dorm faculty create a vibrant boarding community. To keep the experience from being overwhelming, the Baylor support network is vast. Dorm parents work with students on a nightly basis to help them establish and refine study skills that will help them succeed in the classroom. Advisers work with students to set goals and to make thoughtful and appropriate choices. Dorm heads allow students the opportunities to make decisions, solve problems and to try their hand in leadership roles. Each student, faculty member, administrator, and boarding parent has a Baylor email address, providing easy access to instant connections. Across campus, Baylor boarding students are recognized for the depth of interest and sense of self-reliance. Throughout the year we host boarding Open House events for prospective families and each summer we offer boarding camps -- two great ways to see for yourself what it's like to live and learn at Baylor!
Department Director: Steve Margio
Number of Dorms: 6
Average Students Per Dorm: 32
No. of Girls Dorms: 3
No. of Boys Dorms: 3
Dress Code: Uniform
Summary: When the academic day at Baylor ends, another type of discovery takes place. We believe the benefits of extracurricular activities and competitive athletics are fundamental to a person's total education. That's why we require all students to participate in either a sport or an afternoon activity (community service, organic gardening, drama, outdoor enrichment, etc.)each day. In addition, we provide a huge number of clubs and organizations. From the Swing Dance Club to the Science Club, there are certainly ample opportunities to try it all. Students also have the opportunity to join their classmates in a variety of extracurricular opportunities and fun outings around campus and the Chattanooga area. For our boarding students, this is especially important. Baylor's Student Activities Director and the Student Activities Team, as well as the Walkabout office, plan off-campus excursions every weekend. Each outing is chaperoned by at least one faculty member, which provides yet another chance for students to build relationships with adults outside the classroom.
Clubs and Organizations
Summary: In addition to offering courses at each grade level in visual and performing arts, our calendar is packed each year with performances, concerts, exhibits, and special trips. We are also fortunate to welcome to campus throughout the year authors, choreographers, dancers, musicians, poets, and artists from all disciplines as visiting artists and guest lecturers.Baylor's athletic program is legendary. We offer 17 sports and 72 teams in grades 6-12 and Sports Illustrated recognized our athletic program among the "top 25" in the U.S.Baylor teams have won more than 145 state titles in the last 20 years.We also offer a wide variety of boarding sports clinics in the summer.
Arts Department Director: Beth Gumick
Athletics Department Director: Thad Lepcio
Summary: Baylor's College Counseling Office is in the business of enabling students to see a perfect fit, and then assisting them in making that match with colleges throughout the application process. We know each student has a different story to tell and that each will enter the college search process in his or her own way and in his or her own time. Whatever the case, three professional full-time college counselors are on hand to advise students on the college admission process.
Department Director: Stephen Jackson
Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 100.00%
Middle Percentile of SAT Scores
Harris English (Class of 2007) Champion golfer on the PGA Tour
Shelby Coffey III (Class of 1964) Pulitzer-prize winning journalist
Robert Cooper (Class of 1975) Tennessee State Attorney General
Todd Etter (Class of 1996) Founding partner of the syndicated The Motley Fool (www.fool.com)
Michael Golden (Class of 1974) Author of the best-selling novel, Memoirs of a Geisha
Barry Moser (Class of 1958) renowned artist, printmaker and illustrator of numerous works of literature
Donald Pippin (Class of 1944) Former Musical Director of New York’s Radio City Music Hall
Skip Schwartz III (Class of 1991) Senior Vice President and director of Asian acquisitions with Heitman
Jamy Wheless (Class of 1982) Lead Animator with Industrial Light & Magic (ILM).
Callie Taintor Wiser (Class of 1998) Documentary Film Producer; Morehead Scholar
"Baylor did a good job of developing my writing skills, and this was a big help throughout college…the amount of work that my college courses demanded was not a shock."
-Mary Louise Roberts, Class of 1999, A case worker for OPE (Overseas Processing Entity)
"Of course Baylor prepared me academically for Harvard. But the most important thing is the way in which Baylor fosters independence."
-Dr. Francis Fesmire, Class of 1978, Director of Erlanger Hospital's Emergency Heart Center
"The Honor Code was one of the most powerful things at Baylor. It teaches you that what you do in life has consequences. Serving on the Honor Council is astonishing in its weight."
-Robert Hays, Class of 1976, Chairman, King & Spalding Law Firm; Morehead Scholar
Summary: Baylor's 690-acre campus on the banks of the Tennessee River provides an ideal setting for summer programs. From the outdoor experience of Camp Walkabout to the sheer joy of Raider Days Camp to the skills-honing sessions of our specialized sports academies, Baylor summer programs are conducted under the experienced leadership of qualified counselors and coaches.
Department Director: Carol Huckaby
An action-packed week of sports and recreation -- whether you are an all-star athlete or just want to improve your skills, this camp will help you make the most of your athletic potential.
Registration Deadline: N/A
Financial Aid Available: Yes
Sessions offered for the serious athletes in boys lacrosse, distance running and crew.
Registration Deadline: N/A
Financial Aid Available: Yes
Open to boys and girls ages 11-14, Walkabout offers two 2-week sessions each summer, affording campers the chance to kayak, canoe, paddleboard, climb, camp and just about anything else a kid can do in the great outdoors.
Registration Deadline: N/A
Financial Aid Available: No
THE DISTINGUISHED SCHOLARS PROGRAMEach year, Baylor awards two full-tuition scholarships to incoming 9th and/or 10th grade boarding students. Students must be nominated for the honor. Nominees should demonstrate academic excellence as well as a breadth of interest outside the classroom, including athletics, arts and/or community service. Baylor also pays attention to the nominees’ capacity for school and community leadership. Nominations may be submitted online at https://www.baylorschool.org/admission/dsp_nominationForm.aspx.
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