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Welcome to the Upper School

We appreciate your taking some time to explore our academics in Upper School. We believe you will discover that McCallie offers an exciting, challenging learning environment as well as a warm, caring community. Our students take their classes and academic responsibilities seriously. Because McCallie teachers have put considerable efforts into designing coursework that is engaging with just the right about of challenge, boys work hard and give their best selves to the classroom environment.

McCallie is full of enthusiastic and motivated young men and nowhere would one find a faculty more skillful and caring.There are other ingredients that also help make the school community what it is. Students at McCallie become actively involved outside the classroom. They go out for athletic, forensics, and academic teams. They write for the school publications, get involved in music and drama, participate in community service, and immerse themselves in other extracurricular activities. We have found that the involved, active student adjusts to McCallie more quickly, gains self-confidence, and increases his own positive outlook on life.

I hope you enjoy exploring our courses and hearing stories of our faculty and students.

Hank Hopping, Principal of the Upper School

Academic Resources

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Innovation Lab

The Innovation Lab provides boys with hands-on learning in robotics, rocketry, mechanical and aeronautical engineering. Boys, driven by their curiosity, learn by doing.

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The Center for Animation, Video and Entertainment (The CAVE) is a well-outfitted production studio. Boys engage in video production, editing, sound design, film, and podcasting.

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Learning Center

The Learning Center is an academic hub where boys can get assistance on any learning assignment. Boys drop in or report regularly to work with a learning specialist or coach. Developing good learning habits and skills is important.

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College Counseling

Boys work with college counseling during their junior and senior years. Counselors work hard to develop a relationship with each of their students, getting to know what his college hopes and long term goals are. The objective is to find a college or university that is a good fit for what each boy wants to pursue beyond McCallie.

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