Baylor School

Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA view map
Co-Ed, No Religious Affiliation

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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 Road, Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA 37405

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Director of Admission: Jim Kennedy
Admissions Phone:423-267-5902Fax:423-757-2525
Email: Website:

  • Application Deadline: Rolling
  • Application Fee: $75
  • International Application Fee: $150
  • Accept TABS Admission Application: Yes

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AP Art Students Enjoy Workshop in Artist's Studio

Posted on August 28, 2010
A group of Baylor AP art students and instructors recently participated in a three-day oil portrait painting workshop led by artist and Lookout Mountain native Casey Baugh.

Baylor Leads Area in National Merit Semifinalists

Posted on February 2, 2010
For the fourth consecutive year, Baylor has had more students qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program than any area school.

  • Founded: 1893
  • Campus Size: 690 acres
  • Grades Offered: 6th-12th
  • Accredited by: SACS, SAIS
Student Body
Grades 9th-12th
Grades 6th-12th
Girls     88 427 515
Boys     102 418 520
Total     190 845 1035

Tuition and Financial Aid
  • 7-Day Boarding: $43,184
  • 5-Day Boarding: N/A
  • Day Tuition Fee: $21,203
  • Payment Plans: Offered
  • Need-Based Aid: Offered
  • Students Receiving Aid: 32.00%
  • Average Awarded: $22,702
School Finances
  • Merit Scholarships: Offered
  • Students Receiving Merit Scholarships: 8.00%
  • Average Merit Scholarship: $22,315
  • Current Endowment: $95,000,000
  • Per Student Endowment: $88,700

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

Advanced/Enrichment Programs
  • AP Courses
Support Programs
  • ADD/ADHD Support
  • College Counseling
  • ESL: Beginning
  • ESL: Intermediate
  • ESL: Advanced
  • Evening Study Assistance
  • Learning Center
  • Learning Differences Support
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Study Skills Assistance
  • Subject Tutoring
  • Writing Center
  • Classics
  • Creative Writing
  • Honors
  • Literature
  • Poetry
  • Bible as Literature Literatu re of the British Emp
  • Asian History
  • Classical History
  • European History
  • Honors
  • United States History
  • World History
  • Archaelogy of Egypt and Mesopotamia Civil Rights
Foreign Languages:
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Latin
  • AP French, Spanish, German, Latin Vergil
  • Ethics
  • Mythology
  • Religious Studies
  • World Religions
  • Religious Leadership of the 20th Century History
Humanities/Social Sciences:
  • Economics
  • AP Human Geography
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Geology
  • Physical Science
  • Physics
  • Forensic Science Honors biology, chemistry, and p
  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Functions
  • Honors Math
  • Geometry
  • Probability
  • Statistics
  • Trigonometry
  • AP Calculus AB AP Calculus BC AP Statistics
Computer Studies:
  • Computer Applications
  • Computer Programming
  • Web Design
  • Computer Science (robotics) Computer Science (gam
  • Band
  • Choral Music
  • Individual Instructions
  • Orchestra
  • Music in Society
Performing/Visual Arts:
  • 3-D Design
  • Acting
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Choreography
  • Dance
  • Debate
  • Directing
  • Drama
  • Drawing
  • Film and Video
  • Lighting Design
  • Modern Dance
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Portfolio
  • Pottery
  • Publications
  • Sculpture
  • Studio Art
  • Theater Arts
  • Theater Design
  • Woodworking
  • Visual Literacy Cinema Masterpieces
Special Programs:
  • Community Service
  • Exchange Programs
  • Leadership
  • Outdoor Education
  • Study Abroad:
  • Environmental Community Service
Distinctive or New Programs:
  • N/A
AP Courses Available:
  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science AB
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Environmental Science
  • European History
  • French Language
  • German Language
  • Human Geography
  • Latin: Vergil
  • Physics B
  • Spanish Language
  • Spanish Literature
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • US History
  • World History

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

Dorm Life

Number of Dorms: 6

Average Students Per Dorm: 64

No. of Girls Dorms: 3

No. of Boys Dorms: 3

Dorm Amenities:
Game Room
Laundry Facilities 
Wireless Internet 
Vending Machines 
Student Center, outdoor pool, indoor pool, cardio  

Dress Code: Uniform

Student Life

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.


  • All-weather track
  • Baseball field(s)
  • Basketball court(s)
  • Fitness Center
  • Technology Center
  • Volleyball court(s)
  • Sand volleyball court(s)
  • Football field
  • Indoor basketball court(s)
  • Pool
  • Indoor pool
  • Indoor climbing wall
  • Lacrosse Fields Soccer Fields Cross Country loop

Clubs and Organizations

  • Asian Club
  • Astronomy Club
  • Chess Club
  • Community Service
  • Computer Club
  • Debate Club
  • Diversity Club
  • Dorm Proctors
  • Environmental Club
  • FCA
  • Fencing
  • Foreign Language Clubs
  • Future Bus. Leaders of Am.
  • Gardening
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Honor Council
  • International Clubs
  • Literary Magazine
  • Math Club
  • Model UN
  • National Honor Society
  • Newspaper
  • Peer Counseling
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Pep Club
  • Photography
  • Science Bowl
  • Student Activities
  • Student Government
  • Student Publications
  • Student Radio Station
  • Theater
  • Woodworking Club
  • Yearbook
  • ECOS (Environmentally Concerned Organization for S

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

  • Chamber Choir
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Choral Music
  • Dance
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Rock Band
  • String Ensemble
  • Tech Crew
  • Theater
Interscholastic Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Dance
  • Diving
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Outdoor Education
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Weight Lifting
  • Wrestling
Recreational Sports
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Outdoor Education
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Weight Lifting

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

College Information

Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 100.00%

Middle Percentile of SAT Scores

25th percentile 75th percentile
Critical Reading 490 630
Mathematics 510 670
Writing 510 650

Notable Alumni

Kim Keith Berglund (Class of 1996) Director of Ready to Learn Content at PBS

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 (

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

Quotes from Alumni

"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: Our 690-acre campus is the perfect location for summer camps. Boarding programs include Team Baylor, an all-sports camp for kids 8 - 13 years old, a Southeast Regional Youth Development camp in Crew, and specialized sports academies in Boys Lacrosse and SE Distance Running. Our summer camps are a perfct way to experience Baylor's amazing campus and awesome programs. All Baylor overnight camp participants and staff live in dorms, enjoy delicious and nutritiously balanced food, and have access to some of the best athletic facilities, coaches, and camp staff in the Southeast. (Easy online registration,too!)

Department Director: Carol Huckaby

Team Baylor

June 16, 2013 to June 28, 2013

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: June 01, 2013
Tuition: $1,000
Financial Aid Available:  Yes
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Sports Academies

June 09, 2013 to July 25, 2013

Sessions offered for the serious athlete in boys lacrosse (June 9-13) and SE Distance Camp (July 21-25). A Southeast Regional Youth Development Camp for Crew is also offered each summer (June 23 - July 10).

Registration Deadline: June 01, 2013
Financial Aid Available:  Yes
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Registration Deadline: N/A
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