About Baylor


Baylor welcomes students from 25 countries, 24 states, and dozens of area neighborhoods. But here, we don’t see local students or foreign students, day students or boarding students. Living and learning together, we simply see Baylor students.


Quick Facts

Founded in 1893

Baylor combines a strong academic tradition along with a commitment to innovation.

1,040 Students

Baylor welcomes students in grades 6-12; 52% male, 48% female. 

Average Class Size: 15

Small classes and individual instruction are hallmarks of a Baylor education.

19 AP Classes

Last year 209 Baylor Students took 442 Advanced Placement exams, with 88% scoring 3 or higher.

  • More than 70% of our faculty hold advanced degrees.

  • Baylor’s student-to-faculty ratio is 8:1.

  • We provide more than $3 million in financial aid each year.

  • Since 2008, Baylor has had 50 National Merit Scholarship Finalists.

  • Graduation classes typically receive college merit scholarship offers totaling $9-$12 million.

  • Over the past two years Baylor graduates have matriculated to 190+ institutions worldwide.

  • Baylor has won more state championships than any other school in Tennessee.

  • Day school: grades 6-12, Boarding school: grades 9-12.

  • 690 acre campus on the banks of the Tennessee River.

  • 39 dorm parents live on campus.


Mission, Values & Honor

Baylor's mission is to foster in its students both the ability and the desire to make a positive difference in the world.

Our Values

  • Respect

    We foster an environment where kids learn the valuable social skills of cooperation and mutual respect – something they will need to succeed in today's world.

  • Academics

    Demanding academic courses are the heart of our program. Curiosity and hard work are expected of all students, and a high level of academic performance is the norm. Baylor students are surrounded by peers who value academic achievement and a faculty whose main aim is to help students achieve it.

  • Honesty

    Each boy and girl who enrolls at Baylor School must sign, and live by, the Baylor Honor Code.

  • Character

    We believe that a student's moral and ethical strengths lie in their intentions and actions. It is through dialogue, accountability, and education that students reflect upon their character and inspires them to want to make a positive difference in the world.

  • Spirituality

    We believe that faith is central to every person's life and that the study of religion is an essential part of a complete education. While the majority of our students and faculty are Christian, all major world religions are represented in the school and we welcome and respect all faiths.

  • Leadership

    We require students to consciously consider and develop their leadership potential. Rather than singling out only the top students - our goal is to reach out to all of our students and help them discover and develop their emerging leadership skills.

  • Individuality

    Our extremely talented faculty are able to see the individual potential of each child and encourage them to participate in a broad range of academic, artistic, athletic, and extracurricular activities.

Baylor's Honor Code has been the cornerstone of our values as a school since 1916.


Coeducation

Our commitment to coeducation is important in all aspects of the school and is directly linked to our commitment to leadership and diversity. Learning with people from different cultures and backgrounds broadens our students' views and prepares them for the real world. By offering boys and girls equal opportunities, we help them develop their full potential and a respect for different perspectives.

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    ...the real world is co-ed. It's important to be educated in a mixed setting.

    Haydon Tucker ’15
    Day Student, Signal Mountain, TN
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    I love going to a co-ed school. Its nice that you get a blend of different ideas; if you are [attending] a single sex school, you have narrow ideas. Both boys and girls have different ideas and perspectives.

    Adam Davis ’16
    Day Student, Chattanooga, TN
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    Being in a coed environment makes you well-rounded, especially where you get to meet people with different backgrounds. You need to know how to interact with all types of people, because that’s the world – that’s reality.

    Tara Wynn ’89
    Baylor Alum
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    Teaching requires more energy to work with both genders. It’s messier, but it’s so great to see how different perspectives influence each other. This is more the way the world works.

    Betsy Carmichael
    Art Instructor

Learning From Leaders

Students are fortunate to hear special guest speakers and when they meet for Chapel every Monday. Great care is given to the selection of speakers and performers in order to broaden our students' view of the world and cultural diversity.A few examples include:

  • Dr. Arun Gandhi

    Non-violence Advocate

    Dr. Gandhi’s grandfather, Mahatma Gandhi, taught him that justice does not mean revenge; it means transforming the opponent through love and suffering.

  • Dr. Wendy Mogel

    Psychologist, Parenting Expert, Author

    Parents, educators and anyone who works with children and teens benefitted from Baylor's offering of a free public lecture featuring Dr. Wendy Mogel, acclaimed psychologist, parenting expert, and bestselling author.

  • Dr. John Medina

    Molecular Biologist, Author

    Parents, educators, public officials, business and medical professionals, and nonprofit leaders all benefitted from Baylor-sponsored free public lecture featuring John Medina, molecular biologist and author of "Brain Rules." 


  • Naomi Tutu

    Civil Rights Activist

    The daughter of 1984 Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Naomi Tutu has spent her entire adult life advocating for the rights of women and people of color.

  • Coach Philip Fulmer

    UT Head Football Coach, 1992-2008

    In 17 seasons, Philip Fulmer earned a record of 152-52 and led the Vols to two SEC titles and the school’s first BCS national championship.

  • Edwina Gately

    Teacher, Author, Inspirational Speaker

    Edwina Gateley is the founder of Chicago’s Genesis House, a house of hospitality and nurturing for women involved in prostitution.

  • Project VOICE

    Spoken Word Artists, Poets

    Project VOICE poets are champions of vulnerability, cheerleaders for the unexpected, and ruthless flashlights for all your heart’s nooks and crannies. A Project VOICE performance not only entertains, but it inspires and encourages students to create their own work.

  • A. J. Jacobs

    Editor-at-Large Esquire Magazine, Best-Selling Author

    Immersing himself in the human experience, Jacobs is the humorous author of The Year of Living Biblically, The Know-it-All, My Life as an Experiment, and Drop Dead Healthy.

  • Walter Hautzig

    Internationally Acclaimed Pianist and Conductor

    Now in his 90’s, a teenage Walter Hautzig followed his dream of being a musician by escaping Nazi-occupied Vienna for the Jerusalem Conservatory in 1938.

  • Lauren Templeton '94

    President, Lauren Templeton Global Management

    Benefactor of the Harvey and Jewel Templeton Noble Purpose Scholarship, Ms. Templeton believes that finding noble purpose brings one a sense of fulfillment.


Success After Baylor

Baylor School has many remarkable alumni/ae, some of whom are profiled here. Many of our graduates have distinguished themselves in major fields ranging from education and law to medicine and journalism.

  • Arthur Golden '74

    Arthur Golden ‘74

    Author, Memoirs of a Geisha

    After Arthur’s first novel, Memoirs of a Geisha, was published in the fall of 1997 to great critical acclaim, it stayed on The New York Times’ bestseller list for several months and sold over half a million copies.

  • Tene Hamilton Franklin ‘91

    Director, Minority Health and Disparities Elimination, TN Dept. of Health

    Tene has more than 15 years of experience as a project director and consultant in the areas of genetic counseling and research, community outreach and education, grant operations and policy recommendations.

  • Tom Jolly

    Tom Jolly ‘73

    Editor, New York Times

    Tom Jolly was in one of the hottest of the hot seats on Election Night 2000. As part of the team that oversees the front page of the venerable New York Times, Tom worked into the wee hours in an effort to report the outcome of a presidential election that was too close to call.

  • Brooke Pancake '08

    LPGA Golfer

    Brooke was a four-time state champion at Baylor and an NCAA champion and three-time All-American at the University of Alabama. In 2012, she was a member of the US Curtis Cup team, was the SEC Female Athlete of the Year, and a finalist for the 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

  • Morris (Sandy) Weinberg, Jr. '68

    Morris (Sandy) Weinberg, Jr. ‘68

    Attorney

    Morris “Sandy” Weinberg Jr. has been on the winning side of numerous high-profile cases throughout his almost 40 years as a federal prosecutor and private practitioner. He led the defense in a historical health care fraud case, secured a dismissal of charges in a rare criminal case brought against a religion, and led the prosecution in one of the country’s most celebrated tax fraud cases.

  • Robyn Snyder '93

    Robyn Snyder ‘93

    Child Life Specialist

    “Child life lets me combine my interest in medicine and psychology with my love of working with children,” says Robyn. “I know I'm doing something worthwhile when I see a child who has been anxious and scared about being in the hospital smile when I come through the door.”

  • Donald Pippin ’44

    Donald Pippin ‘44

    Broadway Conductor

    When he heard that David Merrick was bringing the hit show “Oliver,” to New York, Don made a bold move and asked Merrick to be conductor and musical director. “Why should I give it to you?” Merrick asked. “Because I love the music, and nobody could ever do it as well as I could,” Don said. Merrick gave Don, then in his early 20s, the job with the warning, “You’d better be as good as you think you are.”

  • Jennifer Eitel Young ’92 & Stephanie Eitel Farrar ‘95

    Owners, Eagle Ear Entertainment

    Young is blonde and settled in Austin, Texas, and Farrar is a free spirited brunette who feels at home in Los Angeles. But the sisters share a love of music, and their disparate paths gave them the complementary skills they needed to establish their music label, Ea­gle Ear Entertainment.

  • Jack Studer '01

    Co-founder, Lamp Post Group

    “Starting a company is like giving birth; everything is always at the infant stage,” said Studer of the $200 million group of companies that is a combination of a venture capital company and startup incubator. “It’s where you can have the biggest impact and where the energy is.”

  • Lorri Eberle Epstein ‘98

    Water Quality Director, Columbia Riverkeeper

    “In the fight for clean water, my avenue has hap­pened to be via salmon, but there are lots of different ways to do it. Being in the Pacific Northwest brought me to salmon and to an understanding of the critical role they play in the history, culture, and biology here.”

  • Dr. Coleman Barks '55

    Poet, Author, Teacher

    Often credited with Rumi’s popularity in the English-speaking world, Barks’s translations have sold more than a million and a half copies. From the beginning, translating Rumi was “like a spiritual practice for me — and it still is. The publishing is like a ‘by the way.’”

  • Veena Rangaswami ‘00

    Program Manager, Peace Child India

    “My experience in Jamaica led me to think about what I wanted to do with my life. I may have ended up as a teacher if I hadn’t found my interest in international service, but I can’t just say I’m a teacher at Peace Child India; it doesn’t encompass everything that goes on here.”

  • Dr. George Smith '87

    U.S. Department of Education

    “(I want) to have the opportunity to support the President’s 2020 goal where America will have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world again.”

  • Elaine Adams '95

    Coordinator, Chattanooga Therapeutic Recreation Services

    "The purpose of our department is to develop and implement leisure and recreation programming for individuals with disabilities…What can individuals with disabilities not participate in? The answer, of course, is nothing."

  • Capt. Marisa Catlin ’97

    U.S. Air Force

    While she was stationed at Royal Air Force Lakenheath outside London, Catlin logged more than 500 combat hours in Afghanistan and Iraq, conducting personnel recovery and casualty evacuation operations.


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