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Mission and Values

Our Mission

McCallie School is dedicated to preparing young men to make a positive difference in their world. By fostering their intellectual, spiritual, physical, and emotional development, the school seeks to inspire and motivate them to:

  • strive for excellence
  • seek truth
  • live honorably
  • act responsibly 
  • and help others.

Honor, Truth, and Duty

At McCallie, we believe in values that go beyond our innate gifts and talents, values that demand us to strive to be better people. Our values of honor, truth, and duty are a personal code that each boy learns, loves, and lives while at McCallie and throughout his life.

Our Motto

Man's chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. 


Today it is common to think honor is outdated, a quaint notion. With a glut of information it can be difficult to discover the truth. To many people, the only duty we have is to our own happiness and success. At McCallie, honor, truth, and duty are the bedrock of our culture. We unapologetically have the expectation that every member of our school community embody honor, truth, and duty throughout his or her personal integrity.Head of School Lee Burns '87

A McCallie senior standing at the podium giving his senior chapel talk



comes from an awareness that every person has dignity and worth because he is an image bearer of God and causes us to value and respect ourselves and others. Honor is central to life within our school community.

two McCallie students sitting in the chapel having an in depth conversation



relates to what we know and how we know it. As a community of learning, we aim to understand and pursue intellectual truth. As a community of faith, we seek to understand God's truth. We allow truth to shape, correct, and change us.

Male English teacher gesturing during a discussion with his class of male students.



calls us to put knowledge and compassion into action. When we live with a sense of duty, we sincerely consider others' perspectives and needs. Duty creates respect, unity, and deep bonds within our community.

boy looking at a McCallie mural