Life on the Ridge

LESSONS ARE NOT LIMITED to classroom time, nor are they merely extended onto athletic fields. Learning encompasses all aspects of a day, a week, a year -- it merely requires an open mind and an engaged spirit.

McCallie is not a place merely for classes and competition. McCallie is a community of young men learning they can make a difference, making important choices and experiencing life. Links in the menu on the right will take you to information on McCallie's varied and expansive afternoon and weekend activities programs, its coordinate program with Girls Preparatory School, an explanation of the school's emphasis on spiritual life, pages on college guidance, the library, the learning center, the writing center, and summer opportunities.

Clubs & Organizations

Student Organizations at McCallie are divided into three general areas:
  • Afternoon Activities
  • Clubs
  • Organizations
Complete and updated information about all three of these categories are available in the Blue Book (see links to PDFs at right or below), the student/parent handbook for McCallie School, but included below are a brief description and sampling of each category:


These activities are part of the Afternoon Program. Try-outs may be involved; several activities have weekend obligations. More information is in the "Activities, Clubs and Organizations" section of the Blue Book (see links to PDFs at right or below). Examples of Afternoon Activities available:

The Argonaut
Academic Bowl
Blue Crew Cheerleaders
Debate Team
Drama Department
Ecology and Recycling
Mock Trial (Student Law Firm)
Model United Nations
The Outdoor Program
The Pennant
Science Olympiad and Science Bowl
Senior Projects
The Tornado


These groups usually meet during the school day and are open to those students who want to get involved in special areas of interest. Clubs are expected to include a service component. More information is in the "Activities, Clubs and Organizations" section of the Blue Book (see links to PDFs at right or below). Example of Clubs available:

African-American Alliance
Amnesty International
Art Club
Essential Liberties Club
International Club
Key Club
Language Clubs (Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Classics)
Music Club
Photography Club
Young Democrats and Young Republicans


These longstanding organizations tend to have activities outside the school day and/or selective membership. More information is in the "Activities, Clubs and Organizations" section of the Blue Book (see links to PDFs at right or below). Examples of Organizations at McCallie are:

Campus Entertainment Committee
Chapel Committee
Cum Laude
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Habitat for Humanity
McCallie Athletic Council
McCallie’s Big Brothers
McCallie Investment Society
McCallie Music:
(The Chamber Singers, The Honors Orchestra, The Candlelight Chorus, The Guitar Quartet, The Vestry Singers, The Jazz Band, The Pep Band, Handbells)
*Missionary Committee
National Honor Society
Student Council
*Student Senate
Young Life

* denotes McCallie’s oldest organizations

Student Handbooks

  • Upper School Blue Book 2016-17
    McCallie's Upper School student/parent handbook, with rules, expectations, and explanations of programs and policies, is available in a printable web-friendly PDF. The 2016-17 Blue Book will be released later this summer.
"I believe in high standards and hard work. McCallie is not a school of short-cuts and bail-outs, glitz or glamour. McCallie has always been a school of 'let's roll up our sleeves and get to work.'"

A. Lee Burns III '87,


School Information

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. 

Want the best education for your daughter?
Visit Girls Preparatory School, McCallie's sister school!