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Leading Programs

In addition to our college preparatory curriculum, we also offer the following programs that keep us in the lead among independent schools in the U.S.

Science, Engineering, and Advanced Research

Training students to think like scientists is the mission of Baylor's science, engineering, and research classes. "Science isn't only about content or a body of facts, but rather a process used to generate and confirm new knowledge," says Dr. Dawn Richards, Baylor science department chair. This principle of experiential learning guides the program and is evident in laboratory spaces, including the molecular biology research lab and the engineering research lab. The Weeks Science Building is supported with a $15 million endowment to ensure the most advanced program possible. And with faculty members who are experts in their own fields of study, Baylor is leading the way in developing curriculum and programs that will inspire the next generation of scientists. Click here for more.

Civic Scholars Program

Fostering and promoting a respectful, courteous, and productive environment for civic discourse is an expectation for all Baylor students, but students in the Civic Scholars program are expected to undertake a leadership role in that area inside and outside of the school community. Baylor’s Civic Scholars are focused as much as possible on leadership roles and involved in civic engagement courses, programs, clubs, and extra-curricular activities. They are required to keep a digital portfolio, and finish with a capstone project that makes a difference in their broader community. The way I see this program is that the kids are doing these things already, and they are noble kids -- they probably would have done these things anyway – but why not reward them for acts of virtue and at the same time encourage others to do it? It is gratifying to become involved in the community, but with this program they also get acknowledged for it.

Global Scholars Program

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Global Scholar is a distinction for Baylor students who apply an international lens to their education by studying world languages, taking globally-focused courses, participating in activities like Model U.N., and conducting Senior Global Capstone Portfolios. Baylor is a member school of the Global Education Benchmark Group, a consortium of independent school that identifies best practices in global education and promotes the development of global citizens in independent schools. Click here for more on the Global Scholars program.

Harris-Stanford Honors Program

The Harris-Stanford Honors Program gives some of Baylor's highest-achieving scholars uncommon opportunities like discussing public policy with Tennessee state officials during a behind-the-scenes visit to the capitol in Nashville, or discussing the merits of civic service of the Institute for the Public Trust in Charlotte. Click here for more on the Stanford-Harris program.

International Travel

Hiking the Himalayas, kayaking in Panama, working in orphanages in Jamaica, traveling to Europe with an art or language class, and semester exchanges with schools in South Africa, Spain, and Australia….these are just a few of the international travel opportunities that our students take advantage of each year. Click on the map below to explore the world through the eyes of Baylor teachers and students!


Superior Athletics

Baylor student-athletes are offered 17 sports, we field 74 teams in grades 6-12, our facilities rival those of many colleges, and, at the varsity level, we've won nearly twice as many state championships than any other school in Tennessee. Click here for more on Baylor athletics.

Thriving Fine Arts Program

Theatre, chorus, band, orchestra, dance, painting, drawing, sculpture, pottery, digital design and photography are all offered at Baylor and the school 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, and our choir was named 2016 Grand National Champions at OrlandoFest national festival and are perennially ranked superior at statewide festivals and competitions.


Walkabout is Baylor's nationally recognized outdoor program, and is open to all students in grades 6-12. Students involved in Walkabout have the opportunity to rock climb, kayak, or trail run as part of their athletic requirement. A variety of outdoor trips are offered each weekend and during school breaks. Click here for more on Walkabout.

Community Service

After a full day of classes, more than 100 Baylor student volunteers travel to various sites in Chattanooga to tutor over 300 children through homework assignments, reading programs, computer classes, music lessons, language classes, drama classes, and art programs. The members contribute over 40,000 hours of service annually. Students also travel annually to Asheville, NC, Jamaica, and New York City. Click here to read more about community service.

Honor Code

Dating back to 1916, the Baylor Honor Code provides a structure within which students come to appreciate honesty, mutual respect, and their word as their bond. As that understanding turns into practice, those values form a foundation of trust, independence, and responsibility from which Baylor students have launched careers with the U.N., won the Pulitzer Prize for Journalism, developed life-saving cardiac diagnostics, and advanced the Human Genome Project.

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Baylor teams have produced more than 70 state championships in the past 15 years (over 110 in all) and was named a "Top 25" program in the nation by Sports Illustrated.

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Ranked Third in U.S. by Maxpreps

For the 2017-18 school year, Baylor was third in the MaxPreps Cup.

The MaxPreps Cup is a ranking system devised to rate every high school sport state championship in the nation in order to determine the nation's best overall high school sports programs.