McCallie is an All-Boys Private Boarding School and Day School, a Christian-based College Prep School. 
McCallie seeks out and accepts boys from all ethnic, racial, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds and places a high value on a diverse student body.

Interdisciplinary Studies

From computer skills and computer science to leadership and wellness, McCallie's interdisciplinary curriculum covers subjects that matter to students across a wide range of topics. 


COM120 - Introduction to Computer Science

Course Title:
COM120 Introduction to Computer Science

Course Description:
Through a variety of videos, exercises, quizzes, and class discussions, you will build an understanding and practice the fundamentals of computer science.  You will connect computer science to your daily life through an individual project that asks you to use technology to improve our community.  This course aims to provide you with a new perspective for viewing creativity, problem-solving, and computer science in the real world.  Semester course.  Grade: 9-12

COM125 - Robotics

Course Title:
COM125 Robotics

Course Description:
In this beginning course in robotics, students will construct systems using robotics equipment, will program in a variety of languages including JAVA, and will develop a strong understanding of real-world applications of computer science and engineering principles. The objective is to introduce basic programming, engineering, and problem solving strategies. The course will involve students in the development and hands-on building and programming of a robot for a specific purpose using the engineering design process. Topics may include motor control, gear ratios, torque, friction, sensors, timing, program loops, logic gates, decision-making, timing sequences, propulsion systems and binary number systems. Semester Course. Grade: 10-12


COM135 - AP Computer Science Principles

Course Title:
COM135 AP Computer Science Principles

Course Description:
AP Computer Science Principles offers a multidisciplinary approach to teaching the underlying principles of computation. The course will introduce students to the creative aspects of programming, abstractions, algorithms, large data sets, the Internet, cybersecurity concerns, and computing impacts. AP Computer Science Principles also gives students the opportunity to use current technologies to create computational artifacts for both self-expression and problem solving. Semester Course. Grade: 9-12. No prerequisites.

COM235 - Intermediate Computer Systems

Course Title:
COM235 Intermediate Computer Systems

Course Description: 
This course will focus on how to develop and design interactive, responsive, and effective web-based content. Learn the fundamentals of planning and designing web sites according to proper design, layout, and accessibility. By the end of the course, students will have a foundational knowledge of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. The course will also focus on how to design and build apps for iOS devices and prepare them for publication in the App store. Students will collaborate and communicate with others on how to design and create an original application for a client. Semester course. Grade: 10 - 12. Prerequisite: COM135 AP Computer Science Principles.

COM335 - App Development

Course Title:
COM335 App Development

Course Description: 
Being able to write code and create a specific application to solve a problem or perform a needed function is a critical skill in this day and age. This class intends to take students with strong prior knowledge of programming or app development and to introduce him to the concepts and terms and software used by professional developers. Semester Course. Grade: 10-12. Prerequisites: COM135 AP Computer Science Principles AND COM240 Intermediate Computer Systems.

IND514 - Seminar in Bioethics

Course Title:
IND514 Seminar in Bioethics

Course Description:
Should we allow parents to choose the genetic traits of their future offspring? Should we remove feeding tubes from a long-term, non-responsive patient? Should it be legal for a hospital to ignore a parent's request to withhold medical treatment from a sick child based on faith beliefs? These are not easy questions. This course intends to help students develop a moral and ethical reasoning process to help sort through complex issues in life. We will study historically important philosophical frameworks, and will use medical case studies as our way to uncover core philosophical questions.  Semester Course. Grade: 12

IND518 - Introduction to Philosophy

Course Title:
IND518 Introduction to Philosophy

Course Description:
Philosophy works to uncover what it means to be human, addressing questions around several central themes: What really exists? What can we know? How should we act? How might we govern ourselves? Does life have meaning? We will study these themes by considering the writings of intellectual giants like Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Descartes, Hobbes, Hume, Kant, Spinoza, Kierkegaard, Mill, and Nietzsche to name a few.  The course will follow the philosophical conversation through history by creating a context for each step and each detour in the dialogue. Primary sources will mix with secondary explanations to allow as deep a dive as time permits.  Semester Course.  Grade: 11-12


IND521 - PSAT Prep

Course Title:
IND521 PSAT Prep

Course Description: 
This interdisciplinary seminar is an introduction to the language and logic of standardized testing.  Using the PSAT as the basis of discussion, students will learn how to work through the various types of questions in the Critical Reading, Mathematics, and Writing Skills sections of the test.  The course will include time to practice each skill.
Academic Goals:
  1. As students study the Sentence Completion section of the test, they will learn how to efficiently and effectively use the logic, style, and tone of a sentence in order to make correct word choices.  Students are also introduced to vocabulary commonly used in standardized tests. 
  2. The skill of annotation will be used in working through Critical Reading passages.  These passages are typically long and take considerable time, so students will learn how to read the passage in a manner that both focuses attention and helps eliminate the temptation to re-read the passage while responding to questions. 
  3. A review of Geometry and Algebra 2 concepts will begin the section of the course on mathematics.  Students will learn when and how to use calculators on standardized tests and will review directions for each type of math question. 
  4. The main topics addressed in the Written Expression section of the test are: improving sentences, finding sentence errors, and improving paragraphs.  Students will review concepts such as subject-verb agreement, pronoun-antecedent relationships, and sentence structure. 

WEL310 - Health and Leadership

Course Title:
WEL310 Health and Leadership

Course Description:
Health and Leadership is a freshman level course designed to teach students the information they will need in order to make the best decisions for their future in an increasingly complex world. The course will cover technology use and research, citizenship, etiquette, and topics in health and wellness.  The course also includes discussion of appropriate leadership skills.  Required for all freshmen.  Grade: 9
Academic Goals:
  1. Understand how to use Moodle, wifi, and access the school T: drive. 
  2. Understand how to site sources. 
  3. Understand plagiarism. 
  4. Be able to use search engines and formulate a search strategy. 
  5. Be able to use Google docs.
  6. Be able to use online resources: Library Moodle pages, ebooks, periodicals (Ebsco and InfoTrac), databases (Jstor)
  7. Evaluate online information.
  8. Effectively use and understand social media and regulations regarding its use and misuse.
  9. Learn proper decorum in various social settings.
  10. Learn proper treatment of the flag.
  11. Understand what it means to be a good citizen of a community, state, and country.
  12. Identify the legal, economic, and social consequences of drug use for themselves and for others. 
  13. Understanding that combining drugs, whether illicit or prescription, can be fatal.
  14. Understand the full effects and consequences of operating equipment and performing other physical tasks while using drugs.
  15. Be familiar with treatment and intervention resources.
  16. Identify the different groups of drugs along with the short and long-term effects they have on the body and mind.
  17. Identify the risk of addiction for each drug group.
  18. Understand the relationship between sound nutrition and a lifetime of good health. 
  19. Understand and explain human reproduction and emotional components of human sexuality.
  20. Discuss mental health issues such as eating disorders, addictions, self-concept, and depression.
  21. Become certified in CPR.
  22. Pass basic first aid training.

Instructional Methods:
  1. Students will participate in discussions on particular topics in each area to identify their knowledge and understanding, views, and ways that the topic will impact their life in the future.
  2. Students will be asked to write questions that they might have after the discussion so that any unanswered questions are attended to.
  3. Students will be asked to answer questions on problem situations to show how people make decisions based on their values and beliefs, which in some cases may not always be the same.
  4. Students will go through a series of physical testing to identify their strengths and weaknesses, and then develop a workout program that will improve their fitness level.
  5. Students will do research on topics in various areas using the resources available to them.
  6. Students will be asked to take notes on content information during class lectures.
  7. Students will be asked to work in small groups in order to discuss different problem situations and come up with what they believe to be the best decision and defend it to the rest of the class.
  8. Students will have the opportunity to listen and question guest lecturers who deal with people everyday that have been impacted by the different issues that we discuss in Health and Wellness.


  1. Students will demonstrate their understanding of the content through tests and quizzes. The tests and quizzes will contain mostly short answers with some true/false and vocabulary.
  2. Students will receive a grade on their daily participation in class activities and discussion.
  3. Students will be graded on their article reviews based on the quality of writing and research.
  4. Students will demonstrate responsibility in the timely completion of homework assignments.

Meet the Faculty

Mike Newman

Mike Newman

Titles: Assistant Athletic Director, Wellness Teacher
Degrees: B.S., University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Ralph Potter

Ralph Potter

Class of 1981
Titles: Assistant Athletic Director, Leadership Teacher, Head Football Coach
Degrees: B.S., University of Tennessee at Chattanooga