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The Boarding School Difference

Think you know boarding school? Think again.

The boarding school experience is immersive and engaging - boys who live at McCallie get so much more from their time in high school than they would at home. 

Boarding students get more from their high school and post-graduate experience.


Support that never stops

Boarding students are surrounded by a support network of mentors, leaders, and friends every day and every night. Boys are encouraged to lead each other as resident assistants and peer mentors, and every dorm has live-in faculty who are committed fully to boys' success. Whether it's help with homework, a word of encouragement, or a late-night ping-pong partner, students are surrounded by peers and faculty who have their back. 

male African American student sits outside talking with his lacrosse coach Eamon Thornton


close up of a boarding student at his desk studying math in his dorm
More preparation - inside and outside the classroom

All McCallie students have the opportunity to learn from our world-class faculty, and they leave the Ridge ready for the challenges of a college classroom. But boarding students also leave high school prepared for the entire college experience. Boys learn to live independently, share space with roommates and build meaningful friendships with their classmates. When McCallie boarders arrive at college, they arrive confident and ready on day one.


Chinese boarding student kayaking in the McCallie lake
Opportunities of every kind

Life at McCallie goes far beyond the gates of campus. Boarding students have the opportunity to dive into everything Chattanooga and the Southeast have to offer. Our activities program is designed to give boys more chances to explore with their friends and live life fully. From the best outdoor activities in the nation to concerts, movies and sporting events to appeal to every type of student, boarding students are never far from the chance to expand their horizons.