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About Baylor

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Baylor welcomes students from 12 countries, 23 states, and dozens of area neighborhoods. But here, we don’t see local students or international 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.

22 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 approximately $6 million in financial aid each year.
  • Since 2008, Baylor has had over 50 National Merit Scholarship Finalists.
  • Graduation classes typically receive college merit scholarship offers totaling $12-$16 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

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


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.

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.

Haydon Tucker '15Baylor Alum

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

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

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:

Project VOICE

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.

Dr. John Medina

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." ?

Dr. Wendy Mogel

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. Ernest Morrell

"Those who have the command of language have more might than those with the command of armies. Words define meaning, words influence thought."

Chinese Folk Musicians

Seven master performers from the Department of Fine Arts of China Ocean University in Qingdao, China perform traditional Chinese music, as well as modern and contemporary Chinese folk music.

Dr. Arun Gandhi

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

Lauren Templeton '94

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

Naomi Tutu

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.

Walter Hautzig

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.

A. J. Jacobs

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.

Coach Philip Fulmer

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

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

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.

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