Attend MOMM (Mothers of McCallie Men) and TRUE-BLUE Dad events
Support one another through Moms In Touch, McCallie Parent Prayer Community, and Parent News and Updates
Contact, engage and support our McCallie Community members in your sphere of influence
Offer to host our International students during school closings
Offer to host a community building event in your home or place of business.
Support McCallie Arts and Athletic Organizations
Attend tailgates and games
Build spirit and cheer on our Blue Tornado to victory. Within your ability, support middle and upper school teams, both home and away, as often as you can
Work concessions -- this service supports our players and their families
Attend concerts, plays and musicals -- Be prepared to be amazed!
Serve the Arts! Help with a reception, host a cast party, volunteer at the ticket desk, decorate for a special event or help with costumes and sets.
Support The Honor Fund
Give. Your participation is crucial. Within your ability, make a gift that is right for you and be counted in the participation that makes an M-PACT on McCallie School athletics, arts, financial aid, and teacher salaries
Participate in Development events. Encourage those in your son’s class to “get on board” and support our teachers and the young men of McCallie School
Offer to host a Development event in your home or place of business.
Donate to Nearly New Shop - Our own re-sale shop to benefit the Honor Fund.
Support McCallie Admissions
Refer a boy from your sphere of influence
Volunteer to write notes, make phone calls or greet at Admission events
Offer to host an Admission Event in your home or place of business
Refer a boy for a summer camp
Offer to host a Summer Camp Event in your home or place of business.
BE TRUE-BLUE IN WHATEVER WAYS YOU CAN. Parent Volunteers help keep McCallie STRONG...for the boys!
What Boarding Mothers of McCallie Men (MOMMs) Want YOU To Know
Boarding MOMMs of today and years gone by have volunteered to share their best advice for those considering boarding their son at McCallie School.
When my son first arrived, he called me every time something (challenging) happened. Now, he seeks the opinion of Dr. Richey or Mr. Wallin first, and that's usually after he's tried to handle the situation himself. I feel so appreciative that his circle of support has gotten larger. So to other mothers, I would say that building relationships of trust and learning to ask for help from people other than parents are tremendous gifts that build confidence, security, and resiliency.
Dr. Jennifer Pettit Franklin, TN
ONE of the most difficult things about a boarding school experience as a freshman is the communication between your son and yourself. They are surrounded by other boys who may or may not call home frequently. On the one hand, they are trying to get their first glimpse of independence, on the other hand, they are lost. They may be embarrassed to talk about some things, and not even know how to explain other things that are happening. They are used to being able to sit down at dinner with you, and perhaps not even have to say a word, but you know what kind of day they had by looking at them. You know how their studies are going, how their sporting events are taking a toll, or if they have a problem with a teacher or a friend is going through something, because you are accustomed to seeing them on a daily basis. You know their friends, their friends’ parents, their friends’ siblings and their teachers. ALL THIS CHANGES. Not just for you, but for them. My best advice to you: Get to know their "new friends'" parents. At move in day, get an idea of who is across the hall, who is next door, who is on the same floor, who is their roommate. MEET their parents. GET their phone numbers, their emails and their addresses. TALK TO THEM. Sometimes you may feel like you are the only one who is going through something with your son, but if you talk to other parents, you will realize you are all in the same boat. As you do talk to your son, he will mention someone's name...Pay attention. Get to know who his friends are. We would check the hall’s bulletin board and write down everyone's name/roommate and room number. The phone calls and emails back and forth became a common occurrence and a blessing to us all.
Returning to school after his 1st Christmas, I remember seeing my son and his roommate knocking each other down laughing because they were so glad to see each other. Brought tears to my eyes…good tears.
Ultimately, I have some of the best friends I have ever made from "MY YEARS" at McCallie.
Lisa Flautt (Chad ’13)
I wish I had another son to send to McCallie!
Margaret Ellen Jackson (Boyd ’09)
My best piece of advice is don’t look at his room after that day you moved him in! Also, it is so good for his personal growth to let him figure things out at McCallie. Let him fid the resources available to him on campus. People often ask “Don’t you miss him?” Yes, you will miss your son but you will really enjoy the quality time you have with him seeing the young man he will become. He will have the opportunity for deeper friendships and a path to maturity that he might not have taken as early back at home.
McCallie has been the village that helped build my boys to men.
Katie Lane (Teddy ’17 and Turner ’15)
My advice to you is to prepare yourself for when you return to your house after that initial drop off. Up until that time you are busy with getting your son ready so have some items, events, something lined up those first few weeks because you don’t want to be constantly calling or texting him and asking him how it is going.
Set a schedule to text and talk. I do a nightly text before bedtime check in and a Sunday Skype call.
Get him a mattress topper!
When you go into Chattanooga, if you have the ability, invite some of your sons’ friends out to dinner. You will get a wonderful insight into his world.
Do NOT over-pack. He needs enough clothes for about 9 days. It’s enough, really!
Finally, this is a variation on a quote by Jen Hatmaker; McCallie helps prepare my son for the path, not the path for the son.
McCallie is a proud member of the following educational associations:
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.