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.

Applying to McCallie: Day

Applying to independent schools can be overwhelming. Here’s a breakdown to help make the process as simple as possible.

Just complete these steps and you’re done—it doesn’t matter the order you do them, so feel free to work through this checklist as your schedule allows.

Log In

Using your admission login & password, visit the application portal. Don’t have a login & password? No worries—visit our kickoff page, and we’ll be in touch with your information. You can use the application portal to complete the application, register for events, and request teacher recommendations.

Kickoff PageApplication Portal

Schedule a Visit

The best way to learn about McCallie is to see it in person. Throughout the fall and early winter, there are several Boy Visit Days for middle & upper school applicants. Parent Conversations and Campus Tour can be scheduled at your convenience by calling Elizabeth Clossin at 423-493-5631 or by e-mail at


Log in, complete & submit the application by choosing “Apply Online.”

Application Portal

Submit Teacher Recommendations

Using the application portal, electronically send recommendation forms to your son's current English & math teachers. Recommendation forms will be available to send beginning Nov. 1, 2019.

Submit Transcripts and School Forms

Transcript release and school report forms are available for download in the application portal and should be sent to and completed by the applicant’s current school. Please do not submit the applicant’s transcript until the end of his first semester.


McCallie requires applicants to take the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT). The SSAT is offered at McCallie on Saturdays, Dec. 7, 2019 &  Jan. 11, 2020. Please visit for more information on SSAT registration and preparation. Be sure to share your score report with us by using our school code 4744.

Timeline Overview

Schedule campus visit & register for SSAT.

October - January: 
Admission Events. These events help parents &  students learn more about McCallie. Visit for more information about event dates and registration.

November 1:
Teacher recommendations become available to send via the applicant portal.

December 7:
SSAT test date 1 at McCallie. Register via

January 11:
SSAT test date 2 at McCallie. Register via

January 17:
Deadline for admission and financial aid applications.

February 29:
Notification for admission & financial aid decisions.


Admission Events

Register for Day Admission events at

Middle School Visit Days
Experience a day as a McCallie student. With a host student, visitors will go to classes, tour campus, & enjoy lunch.
September 24, 26
October 8, 9, 21, 22, 29
November 12, 13, 14, 18
December 3, 5, 10
January 9, 13, 16

Upper School Visit Days
Experience a day as a McCallie student. With a host student, visitors will go to classes, tour campus, attend chapel, & enjoy lunch.
November 6, November 20, January 8

McCallie Preview
Our headmaster, middle school principal, teachers, & students will share an overview of McCallie.
September 29, November 19, January 11

Middle School Open House
See teachers and students in action on a school day.
October 23, January 15

Admission Tailgate
Join the school community and spirit at the pregame cookout. 
October 25

Activity Fair
Coaches, activity leaders, & students share the many ways to be involved outside of class at McCallie.
December 7

Affording McCallie
A workshop to help families navigate the financial aid process. 
October 20, December 7, January 11

Epic Boys' Night Out
A fun night for prospective students to soak up McCallie after hours.
December 18

SSAT Testing
Taking the SSAT is required for all applicants.
December 7, January 11

Completed Application and Financial Aid Deadline
January 17

Admission Notification Day
February 29