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Leading Programs

In addition to our college preparatory curriculum, we also offer the following programs that have established us a leading independent day/boarding school in the U.S.

Advanced Science & Engineering Research Program

Training students to think like scientists is the mission of Baylor Research, an advanced science and engineering research program. We understand that science is not about content or a body of facts that explain the natural world, but instead is a process that we use to generate and confirm new knowledge. This principle of experiential learning guides Baylor Research and is most evident in our laboratory spaces. The program is supported with a $15 million endowment to ensure the most advanced program possible and led by faculty who are experts in their fields of study. 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.

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.

nationally recognized Athletics Program

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.

Nearly 40 members of the class of 2021 are continuing their athletic careers in college, including 18 who will be playing in the NCAA Division 1.

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The 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 Experiences

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!


A 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 is perennially ranked superior at statewide festivals and competitions. Click here for more on Fine Arts.

An Acclaimed Outdoor Program

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.

An In-Depth Community Service Program

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.

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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.